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.
The RCHS Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Research Center will be closed until January 11, 2021. Appointments can be made for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for two hour time slots at 11, 1 and 3 p.m. after January 11, 2021.
Scheduled Research Center closure dates 2021 – please note that additional dates may be added:
May 31, July 5, September 6, November 22-26, December 27-31.
You may email research questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we may not be able to address your question/request immediately, but will strive to do so within 10 business days. We appreciate your patience as we address the volume of requests received during the Stay Safe Minnesota Executive Order 20-99.
What can I find in the Mary Livingston Griggs & Mary Griggs Burke Research Center?
The RCHS Mary Livingston Griggs & Mary Griggs Burke Research Center makes available non-circulating Research Collections documenting the history of Ramsey County and Saint Paul.
Mary Livingston Griggs & Mary Griggs Burke 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 Services & Fees
Please note: We do not have birth, death, immigration, census, naturalization, or marriage records. Information can be found on our Helpful History Links page.
RCHS Photograph & Postcard Research Collection
RCHS has an extensive collection of historical photos and postcards that are available for searching and researching on the RCHS PastPerfect online database. If you are interested in an image for publication or another project, please contact the Collections Department.
Please note: The RCHS Past Perfect collection of images will be off line on Friday, May 24 for a technical update.
Our Object Collections
In addition to 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.
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
Print & Digital Publishing
For our members, researchers, and readers of all ages, RCHS’s Publishing 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