Minnesota History Day

Resources at RCHS for Minnesota History Day

The Ramsey County Historical Society has resources to help students, teachers and mentors for Minnesota History Day. Below are some of the resources that may be the most useful to you.

RCHS also has an extensive collection of historical photos and postcards that are available for searching and researching on the RCHS PastPerfect online database. Use the keyword search at the top to find images on specific topics.

If you need assistance, please contact the Collections Department, or visit our Mary Livingston Griggs & Mary Griggs Burke Research Center. The Research Center contains documents and images, plus maps, books, directories and other resources. Regular hours are Monday-Thursday, 12:30-4:30. The Research Center will be closed December 19, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

History Day Resources

RCHS has documents and information from the following resources. More resources are available, see the  full list of of our document collections  here.

General Social Issues

  • HIV/AIDS Health Care Worker oral histories, 1993-2016: Transcripts of oral histories.
  • Rondo neighborhood oral histories (from Hand in Hand Productions): Transcripts of oral histories.
  • Leo Treadway Collection, 1968-2015: LGBTQ Rights activist and collector of ephemera.
  • Supporting Diversity in Schools, 1988-1998.
  • Green Line light rail development documents (District Councils Collaborative), 1993-2017.
  • St. Paul Winter Carnival (several collections)
  • Josiah Conzett (Civil War)
  • John B. Sanborn (Civil War)

Organizations

  • Saint Anthony Park Block Nurses
  • Churches on the Move for Equality
  • Como Aristonian Club, 1919-2004.
  • The Gavel Club, 1929-1961.
  • Junior Pioneers, 1889-2004.
  • Midway Chamber of Commerce, 1919-2009.
  • The Minnesota Club, 1874-1999.
  • Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs.
  • Mutual Aid for the Blind, 1922-1960.
  • Saint Paul Garden Club, 1927-2017.
  • Saint Paul Jaycees
  • Saint Paul Rotary
  • Zonta International (Women’s club), 1927-2008.

Businesses

  • AmHoist, 1880-1985.
  • Crane Ordway Company, 1892-2007.
  • Field & Schlick Department Store, 1867-1979.
  • Koppers Company, 1936-1959.
  • Union Brass Company, 1892-1992.
  • Yoerg Brewing Company, 1886-1969.

Churches

  • Elim Covenant Church, 1913-2006.
  • House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 1840 – ongoing.
  • Peace United Church of Christ, 1860-2005.

Saint Paul Neighborhood Groups

  • Irvine Park Collection, 1972-1984.
  • Falcon Heights and Rose Township Records.
  • Lowertown Interpretative Planning, 1974-2017.
  • Saint Anthony Park Association,
  • Summit – University Planning Council, 1949-1992.
  • West Side Collection, 1939 – ongoing.
  • University United, 1906-2011.
  • West Seventh/Fort Road Federation, 1919-2018 (being cataloged).
  • St. Paul building permits, 1873 – 1975.
  • St. Paul historic site survey forms, 1981-1982.
  • St. Paul city directories and business licenses, ca. 1925 – 1990
  • Maps and photographs related to Ramsey County.

In addition, we also have numerous family manuscript collections. See the list of of our document collections here.

Legends and Landmarks

RCHS has research information on the following individuals. Please contact us for more information on the Legends and Landmarks project, and how to access these project files.

  • John Quincy Adams
  • Ta-coumba Aiken
  • Marvin Roger Anderson
  • Wendell Anderson
  • Richard Arlen
  • Ann Bancroft
  • Lou Bellamy
  • Edward (Eddie) Benton (-Banai)
  • Harry Blackmun
  • Andrew Boss
  • Emma Brunson
  • Warren Burger
  • Lawrence Cohen
  • Chris Coleman
  • Nicholas Coleman
  • Carol Connelly
  • Constance Currie
  • Alvin Currier
  • Scottie Davis
  • Charotte Day
  • Mark Dayton
  • Gilbert de la O
  • Walter and Lydia Deubener
  • Ignatious Donnelly
  • Richard Drew
  • Charles Eastman
  • Elaine Eastman
  • Mahmoud El Kati
  • Charles Flaudrau
  • Arthur Flemming
  • Anne Ford Nelson
  • Nellie Francis
  • William T. Francis
  • Augie Garcia
  • Father Francis Gilligan
  • James Goodhue
  • Sister Giovanni Gourhan, SSND
  • Jim Griffin
  • MayKao Hang
  • James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris, Sr.
  • Charles “Speed” Holman
  • Johnny Howard, Sr.
  • Wing Young Huie
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Ruby Hunt
  • Mabeth Hurd Paige
  • Charles James
  • Josie Johnson
  • Marlene Johnson
  • Clarence Johnston
  • Seitu Jones
  • Earl Joseph
  • Frank B. Kellogg
  • Nathaniel Khaliq
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Choa Lee
  • Charles Luth
  • Paul Manship
  • Eugene McCarthy
  • Charlie “Supermayor” McCarty
  • Fredrick McGhee
  • Katie McWatt
  • Yusef Mgeni
  • Kate Millett
  • Debbie Montgomery
  • Mee Moua
  • Cecil Newman
  • Gordon Parks
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • John Pillsbury
  • Maynard Pirsig
  • Thomas Reed Potts
  • Nieeta Presley
  • Alexandrer Ramsey
  • Joe “Jolly” Rolette
  • Florence Rood
  • Tiger Jack Rosenbloom
  • Carl Rowan
  • Sharon Sayles Belton
  • Elizabeth Scheu Close
  • Patsy Sherman
  • Henry Sibley
  • Ruth Tanbarra
  • David Taylor
  • Jean-Nicholas Tretter
  • Val Do Turner
  • Eva Valesh
  • Clarence “Cap” Wigington
  • Roy Wilkins
  • Dave Winfield
  • Lee Pao Xiong
  • Emmet Yanez

Featured image: The Minnesota State Capitol. Printed by E. C. Knopf, Milwaukee. Postcard from the RCHS Collection, dated c. 1901.