Minnesota Discovery Center

Genealogy & Family History

The Iron Range Research Center contains one of the largest collections of genealogical and local history research materials in the Upper Midwest and include census, naturalization records, passenger arrival records, mining company newsletters, and a survey of Women in Industry taken in 1919, among many others. The reference book collection, maps, photographs, oral histories and microfilmed newspapers are a gold mine of information for genealogists, historians, scholars and students. 

The library reading room provides a comfortable research area for visitors. Microfilm reader printers and photocopier equipment are available for use by the public. Photocopies and print-outs are $0.25 and microfilm reader copies are $0.50.

The archival collections designated as a repository for the taconite tax relief area, consist of historical records and artifacts, city, township, political and military records; church, civic organization, business and personal papers; and maps, mining records, and photographs.

Contact us to make arrangements with the archivist in advance to access the archival collections.