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The Minnesota Historical Society Library offers a variety of research services. A fee is charged for all research performed by staff.
To submit a basic research request, please select one of the record categories below.
For research topics that do not fall within the Basic Research Request categories listed above, three other options are available.
Researchers can search for and locate materials on site, with assistance from Library staff if desired. Photocopy orders may be placed at a charge of .25 or .35 per page, depending on paper size. Same-day copies are possible depending on how busy the copy center is. There is a 50 page maximum limit on same-day orders. Photocopy orders may also be mailed with additional shipping and handling fees depending on the size of the order. For more details on visiting the library, please see our Using the Library page.
If a search of the Library's online catalog has provided a specific citation to a published item or a group of specific materials within a collection, researchers can submit a photocopy request using the specific citation request form. Send completed forms with payment information, via U.S. mail, fax or email, (although email is not recommended due to security issues). Copy request will be completed within the restrictions of the U.S. Copyright Law. In many cases materials in microfilm format can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.
The Library is not able to provide any general, complex or broad-based research services. For research services that do not fall within the options listed above, please consult the list of Independent Researchers who are familiar with our collections. Any agreement for research must be solely between the patron and the contract researcher.