Research Tools

The Gale Family Library provides resources and tools for distance and on-site research.

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Library and archives catalog

The MNHS library and archives catalog searches books, archival collections, maps, newspapers, and much more.

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Collections online

Search for photographs, three-dimensional and archaeological objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more. 


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Minnesota People Records Search

A useful starting point for genealogists. Searches birth, death, state census, veterans’ grave, and Gold Star Roll records.

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Archival collection finding aids

Finding aids can be accessed in several different ways. Visit our Searching Finding Aids guide for information.

Many newspapers, including "Anishinaabeg Today," arranged on top of one another

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub

Geographically and culturally diverse Minnesota newspapers published between 1856 and today. Due to copyright law, most newspapers published after 1922 can be accessed only from the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center.

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Minnesota History magazine index

Minnesota History magazine provides history lovers with intriguing stories about Minnesota’s past in full-color, richly illustrated print and digital formats.