Resources

Here are some of the resources that the History Center's Research Center and Archives have available. We have additional indexes in the Research Center.

For information on ordering copies, please see the Research Requests section at the bottom of the page.

Online Indexes

Search for records with our convenient, online indexes. If you find any records of interest, you may order them here.

Newspaper Index – Search Rochester papers from 1859 – 1912

Biographical Index – Search for miscellaneous items in the collections at the Olmsted County Historical Society. Items include photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper articles, documents, etc. organized biographically.

Subject Index – Search for miscellaneous items in the collections at the Olmsted County Historical Society. Items include photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper articles, documents, etc. organized by subject.

Rochester Public Library Personals Index – Search for anniversaries, births, divorces, marriages, and obituaries that appeared in the Rochester Post Bulletin between 1984 and 2009. Obituaries after 2009 are not indexed, and can be found in the Biographical Index.

Rochester Public Library Subject Index – Search for local topics and issues that appeared in the Rochester Post Bulleting between 1971 and 1991. Compiled from a card index.

Photo Index – Search for photographs from various local photographers – including Cutshall Studio, Hoffmann Studios, Elle’s Photography, Mosing Photography, and Potter Photography.

Special resources include:

  • Rochester newspapers 1859-present

  • Olmsted County newspapers from surrounding communities

  • Rochester & Olmsted County City directories, 1873 to 1998

  • Birth, death & marriage records for Olmsted County

  • Birth, death, and marriage records for several SE MN Counties

  • Olmsted County probate & guardianship records

  • Olmsted County plat maps

  • Rochester high school yearbooks

  • SE Minnesota cemetery inscriptions

  • Olmsted County Histories

  • Federal census, 1857-1930, for the entire state

  • State census, 1865-1905, entire state

  • Funeral home records

  • Military scrapbooks

  • Wedding scrapbooks

  • Obituary Scrapbooks

  • Grantor/Grantee property record books, 1855-1901

  • Know Rochester Official Guide Book, 1930-1979

Finding Aids

If you are researching a specific topic, try looking through our finding aids before you visit to see what we have available.

Gay Lesbian Community Services Records

Mayo Family Papers

Mayo Memorial Time Capsule

Olmsted County Environmental Resources

Phi Sigma Alpha Collection

Rochester High School/John Marshall High School Collection

Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA) Records

 

See our copyright policy for usage of our resources.
 

Research Requests

All research requests must be submitted by email to olmstedhistory@gmail.com or in writing to:

Research Center and Archives
1195 West Circle Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Please include your name, address, email or phone number, and the following information:

  • Name or Subject
  • Type of Record
  • Source
  • Misc. Info (Examples of helpful information include relevant dates or locations)

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