Selected Resources for: History, Minnesota

Subject Librarian:

Kris Kiesling

This subject covers: the events happening within Minnesota and those that impacted the state as well. Primarily from the 17th century to the recent past.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Focuses on the "history and current affairs of the state of Minnesota" in 51 Minnesota magazines, many of which are reproduced in the microfilm set Minnesota Periodicals--Wilson Periodicals Mfilm 2961. The index was published from 1972-1981.

MNMag is an index of articles on local and statewide politics, news, current events, history and the arts that appear in nine Minnesota magazines: City Pages, Hennepin History, Minneapolis And St. Paul Skyway News, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Minnesota History, Minnesota Monthly, Minnesota Law And Politics, Ramsey County History, and the Twin Cities Reader. Index from 1991-2005 by the staff in the History Department at the Minneapolis Public Library. It includes over 25,000 citations. No new citations have been added after 2005 but may be again at some time in the future.

An index to the Minnesota periodical collection in the South St. Paul Public Library

Catalogs and Bibliographies


A subject bibliography of books, pamphlets, and articles in English.

Women's history in Minnesota


Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources


Biographical Sources

Whos Who in Minnesota

Women of Minnesota: Selected Biographical Essays

General Reference Works

Minnesota: A History

Includes bibliographical references and an index.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Includes Resources for American History in the University of Minnesota Libraries, Related University of Minnesota Sites and Internet Resources for American History

Library Information

Wilson Library

309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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