Our Historic Collections
The library has a number of resources to help trace ancestors that settled in Stillwater or to identify people that entered the gateway to Minnesota
Want to know more about how the local area developed or specific information about your local property? The library has compiled resources to help you learn more.
In addition to all of the John Runk photographs, staff have compiled a number of other local, historic photographic collections.
The library has paid to microfilm much of the archive of the Stillwater Gazette and holds a number of other historic manuscript, magazine and news files.
Looking to research your family before or after they lived in Stillwater? Use these resources.
House and Building Histories
If you are new to house and building history research, use these resources to begin your search.
Minnesota Digital Library
Digital collections from almost 200 other libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives including more than 55,000 photographs, postcards, maps, documents, letters, and oral histories.
Washington County Historical Society
Based out of Stillwater, “The Birthplace of Minnesota”, the Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of Washington County and its communities.
News From Our Archives
This month, the library celebrates 125 years as a free, public library and 120 years of our Carnegie building! We’re commemorating these anniversaries with a series of posts about the early days of the library. For this post, we’re going way back . . . to before the...
Recently, one of the area’s local history buffs asked us a question about a reference he’d seen to what Stillwater may have been called before the 1840s. Luckily, the library recently added a staff member who is also a bit of a history buff herself. She dug deep into...