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
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Unpublished books and resources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
Vital Statistics indexing
Birth, death, marriage and church records indexed by last name
Obituaries copied from local papers since 1974 (with some earlier years)
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.
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.