Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact ascref@umn.edu or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Resources for Architectural History Research

Hennepin County Library - Building Permits

Hennepin County Library - Resources for researching the history of homes, buildings and neighborhoods

Hennepin County Library - Researching the History of Homes

Hennepin History Museum

Minnesota Historical Society

Ramsey County Historical Society


Preservation-related Organizations

AIA Minnesota

ASLA Minnesota

Historic St. Paul

MNSAH (Minnesota Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians)

Rethos


Resources Locations

 

Building Permits

Minneapolis

Public Health Building 250 South Fourth Street, Room 300

St. Paul

LIEP Office 300 Lowry Professional Building, 350 St. Peter Street

 

PLAT Maps

Minneapolis

Hennepin County Government Center, Room A-803 Office of the County Recorder

St Paul

Ramsey County Government Center West, 50 West Kellogg Boulevard, Room 812 Office of the County Recorder

 

Atlases and City Directories

Minneapolis

Special Collections Department, Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

St. Paul

Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West

St. Paul Public Library and James J. Hill Reference Library
90 West Fourth Street

 

Architectural Records

Northwest Architectural Archives (NAA), 213 Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota Libraries, 222 21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West Saint Paul, MN

 

Local Government Offices

 

Abstract-Tract Index

Typed or microfilmed copies of documents from the property abstract

Minneapolis - Hennepin County Government Center, Room A-803

St. Paul - Ramsey County Government Center West, 50 West Kellogg Boulevard, Room 812

 

District Court Offices

Minneapolis - Hennepin County Government Center, Courts Tower, 12th Floor

St. Paul - Ramsey County Court House, Room 1215

 

Probate Court Offices

Minneapolis - Hennepin County Government Center, Courts Tower, Fourth Floor

St. Paul - Ramsey Count Court House, Room 1015


Additional Research

Minneapolis

Hennepin County Historical Society, 2303 Third Avenue South

Minnesota Society American Institute of Architects, 314 Clifton Avenue

Hennepin County Central Services

Hennepin County Government Center, Level A


St. Paul

Ramsey County Historical Society

Landmark Center