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St. Croix Collection

Our Historic Collections


Stillwater People

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

Local History

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.

Historic Photographs

In addition to all of the John Runk photographs, staff have compiled a number of other local, historic photographic collections.

News Archives

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.

More Information

Genealogy Resources

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

Stillwater Library: The Early Years (1859 – 1897)

Stillwater Library: The Early Years (1859 – 1897)

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...

Hoġan Wanḳe Kin before McKusick renamed us Stillwater

Hoġan Wanḳe Kin before McKusick renamed us Stillwater

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...