The Ramsey County Historical Society’s user-friendly Research Center hosts a non-circulating collection documenting the history of Ramsey County and St. Paul.

Research Center Services & Fees

Ramsey County Historical Society invites you to do your own research at the Ramsey County Historical Society Research Center. No food or drink is allowed in the Research Center. Ink pens and markers are not allowed in the Research Center.

Fees for research by Ramsey County Historical Society staff

First 15 minutes FREE.
Each additional half hour (non-member) = $20.00
Each additional half hour (Ramsey County Historical Society member) = $15.00

A minimum of a half hour is charged. Please indicate the maximum amount of time we should spend on your research request. By placing this order, you authorize us to increase your order total for the amount of time we spend, up to the maximum amount you authorized.


8 1/2″ x 11″, 8 1/2″ x 14″ and 11″ x 17″ = $0.30 per page.
Historic Site Survey = $2.00. Includes both sides.
Building Permit index cards = $3.00 per location. Includes both sides and all pertaining cards.
Building Permit = $12.50 for each permit copy.

Charge for faxing material to a researcher is $4.00 per order plus the per page cost for making the copies that have to be prepared to facilitate faxing.

The Ramsey County Historical Society limits photocopying to a maximum of 25 pages per person per day, dependent on staff availability to do the copying.

No photocopies or digital scans of plat maps are allowed.

Ramsey County Historical Society reserves the right to decline to reproduce fragile items.

Digital Imaging Services

All files are created using a flatbed scanner. All scans will be emailed as a .jpg (JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group), which can be opened by most operating systems.

150 dpi, low resolution scans, emailed as a .jpg file
(web display, power point, school reports, photocopies, reproduction, etc.)
$7.00 per scan

300 dpi, medium resolution scans, emailed as a .jpg file
(desktop publishing, newsprint, reports, etc.)

600 dpi, high resolution scans emailed as a .jpg file
(publishing, books, advertisings, etc.)

Note: Possession of Ramsey County Historical Society images does not give permission for using it.
To request permission to use an image in display, advertising, broadcast, or to reproduce it in a print project, you must fill out a request form and pay the appropriate fee, as described under “Use Fees” below.

St. Paul Building Permits 1883-1975

There is a preservation fee of $12.50 for each permit copy you request.
The charge for a Building Permit Index Card is $3.00 per location (up to 6 pages), which includes both sides and all pertaining cards. Permit copy orders will be mailed within two weeks of your request receipt.


Please contact 651-222-0701 or to place your order and arrange payment.
Mail and phone orders must be prepaid by check or credit.

Send payment or purchase order of any inquiries to:
Ramsey County Historical Society
75 W 5th Street #323
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651)222-0701
Fax: (651)223-8539

Shipping and Handling

$5.00 for purchases up to $20.00
$10.00 for purchases over $20.00 to $50.00
$20.00 for purchases over $50.00

Commercial Use Fees for all media usage

Request Permission to Publish, Display, or Broadcast Reproduction forms a can be obtained by contacting 651-222-0701 or Please include the completed form with your order.

RCHS Fee Schedule for Use in Media & Publishing

Editorial use in book or magazine (Minnesota Residents or corporations) = $30.00
Editorial use in book or magazine (Non-profit 501©(3) & University Press) = $30.00
Editorial use in book or magazine (Non-Minnesota residents or corporations) = $50.00
Cover of Book or Magazine = $150.00
Brochures and items for free distribution = $17.00
Study/Reference Print = $11.00
Exhibit Scans (Minnesota non-profit organizations) = $30.00
Exhibit Scans (Minnesota Commercial and non-Minnesota Organizations) = $65.00
PowerPoint for educational lectures and classroom use = $15.00
Web use = $25.00
Broadcast Public TV = $30.00
Broadcast US Market only = $50.00
Broadcast world market = $100.00
Media bundle world market broadcast and video/DVD = $150.00
Film or video U.S. market only = $100.00
Film or video world rights = $150.00
Advertising U.S. market (one ad, all media) = $300.00
Advertising world market (one ad, all media) = $500.00
Book under 1000 copies = $15.00
Book 1000 – 5000 copies = $30.00
Book 5001 – 25000 copies = $50.00
Book over 25001 copies = $100.00
Newspapers/Magazines = $35.00
Merchandise items (calendars, note cards, coffee mugs, posters, artwork, etc.) = $50.00
Public Display (lobbies, restaurants, etc.) = $30.00


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposed in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.