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

  • The RCHS Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Research Center will be available by appointment only. Appointments may be made for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for two hour time slots at 11, 1 and 3 p.m. Landmark Center is still closed to the public and all doors are locked, except for the loading dock on the west side of the building off Washington Street. You will have to use the loading dock entrance, sign a form that you are healthy, and you must wear a mask while in the building. Please do not park in the loading dock parking lot.
  • You may also email research questions to Please note that we may not be able to address your question/request immediately. We appreciate your patience as we address the volume of requests received during the Stay-at-Home order.

Please note that the Research Center will also be closed on the following dates:
November 23-27, 2020
December 24, 2020-January 1, 2021

Please contact the RCHS Research Center if you need research help at any time, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Services & Fees

Ramsey County Historical Society invites you to do your own research at the 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

RCHS Members:
First hour = FREE
Each additional 30 minutes = $15.00

Non-RCHS Members:
First 15 minutes = FREE
Each additional 30 minutes = $30.00

St. Paul Building Permit Collection

St. Paul Building Permits 1883-1975

There is a retrieval fee of $5.00 for each permit copy you request to see.

No digital or cell phone camera use is allowed.

Copies of building permits are $.30 per page/side upon request.

RCHS Members receive a 50% discount on all orders.

Photocopies & Digital Imaging Services


Photocopies = $0.30 per page/side.

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

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

No digital or cell phone camera use is allowed.

RCHS Members receive a 50% discount on all orders.

Digital Imaging Services

All files are created using a flatbed scanner. Scans can be emailed in a .jpg, .pdf, or .tif file format.

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

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

No digital or cell phone camera use is allowed.

RCHS Members receive a 50% discount on all orders.

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.

Use Fee Price List (pdf)


Please contact 651-222-0701 ext. 8 or to place your order and arrange payment.
Mail and phone orders must be prepaid by check or credit card.

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, ext. 8
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 can be obtained by contacting 651-222-0701 or, or by the Commercial Photo Permission Form (pdf). Please include the completed form with your order.

Please check the Use Fee Price List (pdf) for personal, commercial, publishing, advertising, merchandise or media use before completing the Commercial Photo Permission Form:
RCHS Use Fee Price List for Media & Publishing (pdf)
Commercial Photo Permission Form (pdf)