We can help you embark on your next research project, find building permits, plat maps, documents and photographs, learn from articles on Ramsey County and Saint Paul history, explore our publications and podcasts, and more.

What can I find in the Research Center?

The Ramsey County Historical Society Research Center makes available non-circulating Research Collections documenting the history of Ramsey County and Saint Paul.
Research Collections list of holdings.

You are welcome to do your own research. Or if you need assistance, we have knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Contact Us with your questions.

There are Research charges after the first 15 minutes of research assistance, and for copies or scans of materials. Members receive additional research time as a benefit to your membership in RCHS.
Research Center charges.

Please note: We do not have birth, death, immigration, census, naturalization, or marriage records. Information can be found on our Helpful History Links page.

Our Collections

In addition to the Research Center documents and materials, the Ramsey County Historical Society also has a collection of 3-D objects from the history of our Capital County. A few of these include the Gibbs Farm buildings and their contents, used by the Gibbs family and other pioneers, and replicas of objects used by Dakota people from the area. Items from our collections can also be seen in our Exhibitions in the Landmark Center.
Gibbs Farm

We are currently working on cataloging and photographing more than 14,000 objects in our collection. The results will be available in 2016*.

Your County History

Our historians have researched some topics of interest in Ramsey County, including Saint Paul and Ramsey County neighborhoods, and the history of Ramsey County.
History of Ramsey County

If you’d like to have your own adventure in Ramsey County, we have a Saint Paul Gangster Walking Tour and plan to add more in 2016 and 2017.

Print & Digital Publishing

For our members, researchers, and readers of all ages, RCHS’s publications will help you discover the fascinating true stories of Ramsey County.

RCHS offers a wide selection of books about the history, people, and stories of Ramsey County.
Current books published by RCHS

RCHS also publishes an award-winning quarterly magazine, Ramsey County History that covers a wide range of the history, people, and places of Ramsey County. A benefit of membership in RCHS, the magazine is also available to researchers and the public by direct sale.
Summary of Ramsey County History articles

Audio & Video

RCHS is proud to make available a series of podcasts on historical subjects, hosted by volunteer and member Paul D. Nelson. We are also involved in a number of video projects, including a documentary, “University Avenue: One Street, A Thousand Dreams,” works documenting the struggles and triumphs of front-line healthcare workers and community organizers during the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Watch & Listen

Helpful History Links

These links will help you find information on Ramsey County preservation committees and clubs; local historical and genealogical societies; birth, death and marriage records; census records and naturalization documents; research libraries, and other helpful websites.
Helpful History Links


*This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society