Research Self-Help

We know that many researchers either cannot visit in person or prefer remote services. The following list of self-help resources may help you prepare for an appointment or conduct your research from a distance.

Birth certificates

Death certificates

Marriage records

Naturalization records

State institutional records (prison, orphanage, state hospital)

Legislative research

Courts (including divorces)

Newspaper articles & obituaries

  • MNHS Newspaper Collection: includes links to free newspaper searches
  • MN Digital Newspaper Hub: search and view some pre-1923 Minnesota newspapers for free, includes Historic Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922)
  • Order through obituary and newspaper article research services
  • Interlibrary Loan: contact your local library for info about borrowing MNHS materials on microfilm

Images, audio, or film

Donating to MNHS collections

Access to & copies of specific folders, items, books, or articles

Updates (including info on library services & reopening plans)

Other questions

If your question is not addressed above and you would like help from library staff, please contact us via email or phone. Please note that we are currently experiencing a high volume of reference and research inquiries.