Iron Range Research and Genealogy Center

Trace your roots

The Iron Range Research Center is a library and archival facility located at the Ironworld Discovery Center, Chisholm, Minnesota.A special library, the Research Center focuses on the regional, local and personal history of Minnesota’s iron ranges and the people who settled here. An integral part of the Ironworld Discovery Center, the Research Center is a repository and resource for historical documentation and interpretative information. Primary interest areas are geology, mining, settlement, industrial development, immigration, ethnicity, logging, natural resources, social, political and economic history and genealogy.

An archival repository for the written, oral and visual records of the Iron Range Resource’s service area, the Research Center serves students, scholars, local historical societies, the media as well as genealogists. As a Minnesota Historical Society sanctioned government records repository, the archives collects and services records from local and regional units of government.

The Research Center focuses on local and regional history of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges. The facility is comprised of a library, a microfilm center and an archives. Reference book collections, microfilmed newspapers, maps, and photographs reveal the deep history and heritage of the area.
Extensive genealogy collections contain materials relating to Minnesota and the upper Midwest, such as census, naturalization, passenger arrival records and mine accident reports. The archival collections consist primarily of city, township, political, military, church, civic organizations, and mining records.
Directions: Located in the Ironworld Discovery Center in Chisholm, off Highway 169, across from McDonald’s, Northwest Airlines and the Iron Miner statue.
Admission: Open year round, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and extended hours during special Ironworld events. Admission is FREE.
To learn more, visit the Iron Range Research Center website.
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Iron Range Research & Genealogy Center
Ironworld Discovery Center
Highway 169 West
Chisholm, MN 55719