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.

RCHS Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Research Center hours:
Monday-Thursday, 12:30-4:30 pm.

Masks are no longer required, but are encouraged while in Landmark Center and the Research Center. While surfaces continue to be sanitized between patrons, appointments are strongly encouraged to assist in maintaining social distancing in the confined space.

Research Center closed dates 2022
Please note that other dates may be added.
August 16 – 22
September 1 & September 5,
October 10
November 10
November 21-25
December 26-30

You may email research questions and appointment requests to

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 recently received.

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)