Here are some of the resources that the History Center's Research Center and Archives have available. We have additional indexes in the Research Center.
For information on ordering copies, please see the Research Requests section at the bottom of the page.
Search for records with our convenient, online indexes. If you find any records of interest, you may order them here.
Newspaper Index – Search Rochester papers from 1859 – 1912
Biographical Index – Search for miscellaneous items in the collections at the Olmsted County Historical Society. Items include photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper articles, documents, etc. organized biographically.
Subject Index – Search for miscellaneous items in the collections at the Olmsted County Historical Society. Items include photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper articles, documents, etc. organized by subject.
Rochester Public Library Personals Index – Search for anniversaries, births, divorces, marriages, and obituaries that appeared in the Rochester Post Bulletin between 1984 and 2009. Obituaries after 2009 are not indexed, and can be found in the Biographical Index.
Rochester Public Library Subject Index – Search for local topics and issues that appeared in the Rochester Post Bulletin between 1971 and 1991. Compiled from a card index.
Photo Index – Search for photographs from various local photographers – including Cutshall Studio, Hoffmann Studios, Elle’s Photography, Mosing Photography, and Potter Photography.
Special resources include:
Rochester newspapers 1859-present
Olmsted County newspapers from surrounding communities
Rochester & Olmsted County City directories, 1873 to 1998
Birth, death & marriage records for Olmsted County
Birth, death, and marriage records for several SE MN Counties
Olmsted County probate & guardianship records
Olmsted County plat maps
Rochester high school yearbooks
SE Minnesota cemetery inscriptions
Olmsted County Histories
Federal census, 1857-1930, for the entire state
State census, 1865-1905, entire state
Funeral home records
Grantor/Grantee property record books, 1855-1901
Know Rochester Official Guide Book, 1930-1979
If you are researching a specific topic, try looking through our finding aids before you visit to see what we have available.
See our copyright policy for usage of our resources.
All research requests must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to:
Research Center and Archives
1195 West Circle Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Please include your name, address, email or phone number, and the following information:
- Name or Subject
- Type of Record
- Misc. Info (Examples of helpful information include relevant dates or locations)
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