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           Special Resources - Things you won't find just anywhere!          


Did you know there are over 5000 photographs of Anoka County places and people available at Anoka County Historical Society? 



          The library and archives has thousands of letters, diaries, personal papers, photographs, newspapers, obituaries, and much, much more!  These resources will help you research the people and places of Anoka County.  The library is used by students from kindergarten to college for help with school projects.  Genealogy is a popular subject for research in the archives.  

Our library specializes in Anoka County resources.  A librarian is available to assist patrons.



            Road surveys from pre-statehood

            Plat maps showing land ownership

            City and county maps from 1850's to current



            Anoka Area newspapers as early as 1863

            Naturalization papers for Anoka County

            Census material on Anoka County from 1857 to 1920

            Selected church and civil records


Newspaper collections from various publications in Anoka County

            Bethel Banner/Booster

            Blaine Banner

            Circulating Pines

            Columbia Heights Record (selected issues only)

            Minneapolis and St. Paul papers of significant events and dates

            Stars and Stripes (various years and military conflicts)


Unpublished books and resources

            Index of birth, deaths and marriages in the Anoka Union to 1910

            Thurston Mortuary Records

            Anoka County Civil War soldiers

            History of Fridley

            Annotated history of Circle Pines and Lexington

            St. Genevieve's Church early church records

            Cemetery index books and maps

            History of the Rum River


"Around the County" project - ongoing

            Manuscript collections on every community in the county containing a wide variety of topics

            and articles


Vital Statistics indexing

            Birth, death, marriage and church records indexed by last name

            Obituaries copied from local papers since 1974 (with some earlier years)


Manuscript Files

            These contain everything from diaries, family photographs to newspaper clippings, 

hand written notes to letters, play programs to personal journals, advertising to compiled 

histories, and much more!  All indexed by surname and topic.


Photograph Files

            These are arranged by topic and community. Topics include: Street scenes, farming, homes

            & residences, businesses & firms, transportation, portraits, clubs & organizations, military,

            schools, fairs & parades, recreational areas, industries, rivers, logging, and more. The 

            photograph collection is currently at about 7,000 cataloged photos from the earliest days

            of Anoka County to today.