Resources

The major local history resources of the Stillwater Public Library are listed here. More detailed information and additional holdings may be found in the library’s online catalog. Or, contact the Information Center at 651-275-4338, ext. 111, or email: splinfo@ci.stillwater.mn.us

 

AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS
(See also: PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES)
The library houses a miscellaneous collection of audiovisual materials relating to Stillwater, Minnesota.

Baptismal Records: See: CHURCH RECORDS

BIRTH RECORDS
(See also: CHURCH RECORDS)
Birth Records: Indexes only, 1870 – 1981. Clerk of the District Court, Washington County, Minnesota. Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. (Microfilm)

For additional information about access to local birth records, see the Genealogy and Family History page.

BOOKS
(See also: MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS; and NEWSPAPERS)
Check the online catalog for St. Croix Collection books holdings.

BUILDING, HOUSE, and NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIES
(See also:PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES)

Building Permit Applications. City of Stillwater, MN, 1886 – 1945. For buildings, plumbing, and repairs. (Microfilm)

Neighborhood Histories. Under the sponsorship of the City of Stillwater, a number of neighborhood histories of Stillwater have been compiled. Copies are available at Stillwater Public Library. Online access to the reports is available through the City of Stillwater web site.

Heirloom Homes and Landmark Sites, and Plans and Studies are available on the City of Stillwater web site. Note: a photocopy version of the Heirloom Homes & Landmark Sites printed from the City’s website is available in the St. Croix Collection. 

For additional information about house and building research, see the library’s House and Building History guide.

CEMETERY RECORDS
(See also: DEATH RECORDS; OBITUARY INDEX; MILITARY AND VETERANS RESOURCES)

Cemetery Records: Civil War and Spanish-American War Veterans Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Stillwater, Minnesota.

Fairview Cemetery, Stillwater, Minnesota, by John Erickson, 1991.

Fairview Cemetery Internments: Burial Book: Fairview Cemetery, Stillwater, Minnesota, indexed by Nancy Bader and Duane Thein. Covers years 1868 – 1906.

Washington County Cemetery Register. Compiled by John G. and Elizabeth G. Erickson, 1990. Record of burial places in Washington County, Minnesota cemeteries. Information is transcribed from headstones, with inscriptions from selected grave markers. Most sites date 1910 or earlier. (Arrangement is by cemetery, then name.) Volumes 1 & 2.

Washington County Veterans Burial List. Veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Includes military unit, death date, and place of burial.

Withrow Cemetery Index, 2011. Compiled by Beth Juran. (Hardcopy version and electronic file.)

See also: Minnesota Veterans Graves Registration Index (Minnesota Historical Society)

CENSUS RECORDS

Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849 – 1855. (Microfilm)

Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, Washington County, MN, 1857 – 1905. (Microfilm) 1857 (Ramsey – Sibley counties); 1875 (Waseca, Washington and Stearns counties); 1885 (Washington County); 1895 (Washington and Wantonwan counties).

U. S. 8th Census Schedules, 1860, Minnesota (Washington, Winona, and Wright counties). (Microfilm)

U. S. 10th Census Schedules, 1880, Wisconsin (St. Croix and Richland counties) (Microfilm)

Wisconsin State Census, 1855, 1875, 1895 (Racine, Richland, Rock, St. Croix and Sauk counties), 1905 (St. Croix, Sauk and Sawyer counties). (Micofilm)

CHURCH RECORDS

Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater, Minnesota, 1839 – 1883. (Microfilm)
Ascension makes up a section in the overall piece: The Parish Register, Christ Church (Saint Paul, Minnesota).

Church of St. Augustine, South St. Paul, Minnesota
Baptismal Register, 1895 – 1962
Baptismal Register, 1962 – 1993
Death Register, 1896 – 1993
Marriage Register, 1908 – 1993

Church of Sacred Heart, St. Paul, Minnesota
Baptismal Register, 1895 – 1962
Death Register, 1909 – 1990

Church of St. Charles, Bayport, Minnesota
Baptismal Register, 1943 – 1993. (Microfilm)
Death Records, 1943 – 1993. (Microfilm)
Marriage Records, 1943 – 1993. (Microfilm)

Church of St. Mary, Stillwater, Minnesota
Baptismal Register, 1865 – 1992. (Microfilm)
Death Register, 1865 – 1992. (Microfilm)
Marriage Register, 1865 – 1992. (Microfilm)

Parish of St. Joseph, Stillwater, Minnesota
Baptismal Records, 1853 – 1958; 1853 – 1992. (Microfilm)
Death Records, 1914 – 1958. (Microfilm)
Marriage Records, 1853 – 1958; 1853 – 1992. (Microfilm)

Parish of St. Michael, Stillwater, Minnesota
Baptismal Records, 1853 – 1948; 1948 – 1992. (Microfilm)
Baptismal Register, 1843 – 1948 and 1848 – 1992. (Microfilm)
Death Records, 1943 – 1992. (Microfilm)
Marriage Records, 1852 – 1992. (Microfilm)

CITY DIRECTORIES

Stillwater City Directory, Stillwater, Minnesota.
Photocopies of originals: 1876 – 1999 (some missing years); Microfilm edition: 1890 -1931. Many of these directories include the cities of Bayport and Oak Park Heights.

Washington County, Minnesota Polk City Directory: 1999 – present. (Hardbound book version.) 

CLIPPING FILE
(See also: NEWSPAPERS and SCRAPBOOKS)
Selected clippings from Stillwater and Twin Cities metropolitan area newspapers. A subject heading index is available.

DATABASES & RESEARCH TOOLS (LIBRARY-SPONSORED)

 Ancestry Library Edition
A licensed online information database designed to serve genealogists and others interested in researching local and family histories. Includes U.S. Federal census records between 1790 and 1920, immigration records, military records, the Social Security Death Index, the Family History Library and more.
Must be searched from computers located in the library.

ArchiveGrid
A licensed online information database that identifies and inventories historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.
Available for remote access through the library web site.

NewsBank
Indexing and full-text articles for the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1988 – current), the Star-Tribune (1986 – current), and selected other Minnesota newspapers.
Must be searched from computers located in the library.

ProQuest Newspapers
Indexing and full-text articles for the Star-Tribune and hundres of other national and international newspapers, starting with the late 1980’s. ProQuest also includes the Historical New York Times and the Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867 – 1922).
Available for remote access through the library web site.


DEATH RECORDS
(See also: CEMETERY RECORDS; CHURCH RECORDS; OBITUARY INDEX; and MILITARY RECORDS)

Death Records: Indexes only, 1870 – 1961. (Washington County, Minnesota). Clerk of the District Court, Washington County, Minnesota. Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. (Microfilm)

Deaths Index, 1884 – Nov. 1940 (Selected records for City of Stillwater).

Washington County, Minnesota, Miscellaneous Death Listings, 1871 – 1930, compiled by Stina B. Green, 1993.

For additional information about access to local death records see Genealogy page.

GERMAN ALIEN REGISTRATION
Registration lists and affidavits of German citizens in the Stillwater area during World War I, as ordered by the United States War Department, 1918.

Houses: See: BUILDING, HOUSE AND NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIES

MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS
(See also: NEWSPAPERS, and ELECTRONIC RESOURCES)

Current Subscriptions
Architecture Minnesota
Historical Whisperings
Minnesota Genealogical Journal
Minnesota Genealogist
Minnesota History
Minnesota History Interpreter
Minnesota Preservationist
Old House Journal
Old House Interiors
Pipost
Preservation
Prison Mirror
Victorian Homes

Other Holdings
Gopher Historian (Ceased publication)
Roots (Index available)

MANUSCRIPTS

Northfield Bank Robbery of 1876, Northfield, Minnesota. Selected manuscript collections and government records. (Microfilm)

MAPS AND ATLASES
Check the online catalog for atlas holdings.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Stillwater, Minnesota. Photocopy version: 1884, 1888, 1891, 1898, 1904, 1910, 1924; Microfilm edition: 1884 – 1950; Digital version: 1884, 1888, 1891, 1898, 1904, 1910, 1924 – 1956. (Note: A digital version of Sanborn maps for the entire state of Minnesota is available in an online database supported by Hennepin County Library. Register with HCL for access.)

Plat atlases for Washington County, Minnesota, 1901, 1916, 1926, 1938, 1956, and 1961.

Miscellaneous maps.

MARRIAGE RECORDS
(See also: CHURCH RECORDS)

“Marriages at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Part I: 1852 -1872, and Part II: 1873 – 1899.” (Index) (Photocopy excerpted from Minnesota Genealogist, Autumn 2009 and Winter 2009 – 2010 isues.)

Washington County Marriage Data, 1849 – 1875 (Index). Photocopy excerpted from the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13.

St. Croix County, WI (Minnesota Territory), Marriage Data (Index), 1843. Photocopy excerted from the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, Vol. 2

MILITARY & VETERANS RESOURCES
(See also: CEMETERY RECORDS; DEATH RECORDS; NATURALIZATION RECORDS; and OBITUARY INDEX)

Cemetery Records: Civil War and Spanish-American War Veterans Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Stillwater, MN. (Hardcopy)

Minnesotans in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861 – 1865. Washington County, MN. Indexes. (Hardcopy and microfilm)

Stillwater Veteran’s Memorial Paver Locations Index.(Hardcopy)

Veterans Burial List, Washington County, MN. For the Civil War and  the Spanish-American War. (Hardcopy)

War Veterans Master Index. Washington County, MN. Covers Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II. (Hardcopy and electronic file)

See also:

Newspaper clipping file under “Veterans Bios”.

Index and compilation of Stillwater and Washington County Civil War Veterans done by Kay Thueson (Hardcopy 3-ring binders).

Minnesota Veterans Graves Registration Index (Minnesota Historical Society)

NATURALIZATION RECORDS
Naturalization Records. Washington County, MN, 1847 – 1944. (Microfilm).

NEWSPAPERS
(See also: MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS; and OBITUARY INDEXES)

About available indexing: The St. Croix Collection “Clipping File” serves to some extent as an index to Stillwater historical newspapers. In addition, the library maintains an obituary index drawing from the Stillwater Gazette and the Courier News (See“Obituary Indexes”), and a feature story index for the The Lowdown St. Croix Valley Area (formerly St. Croix Valley Press (2001 – present.) Indexing and full-text articles for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star-Tribune are available through the library’s subscription electronic databases.

Current Hardcopy Subscriptions
Currently received hardcopy editions are listed here. (Links are to the current online web sites of these newspapers.)
Country Messenger
Lowdown, St. Croix Valley Area (formerly St. Croix Valley Press)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Star-Tribune
Stillwater Gazette (“St. Croix Valley Local News”)

Electronic Access
Electronic access to indexing and archival articles is available through the library’s Newsbank and ProQuest subscription electronic references. Coverage Includes the Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867 – 1922), the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1/1/1988 – current), and the Star Tribune (1/1/1986 – current).

Microfilm Holdings / Other Holdings
These microfilm editions are not indexed. The newspapers “Clipping File” may be of assistance.

Daily Call, August, 1890 – December, 1890
Daily Times, October, 1897 – August, 1898
Fishwrapper, Summer, 1977 – September, 1988
Marine Messenger, 1975 – 1986
Prison Mirror, 1887 – 1982 (Sometimes years called “The Mirror”.)
St. Croix Union, 1854 – 1857
St. Croix Valley Press, 1981 – December 25, 2008. Microfilming ceased in 2009. The library has a digital index to the “weekly feature story”, from 2001 to the present. Access to ongoing archives is uncertain.
Stillwater Courier News / Courier News, 1988 – May 7, 2009. (Publication ceased with the May 7 issue.)
Stillwater Daily Sun, 1881 – 1884
Stillwater Democrat, 1858 – 1891
Stillwater Gazette (M – F; 3 days a week), 1884 – June 30, 2009.
Microfilming ceased in June, 2009. The library has digital files of the Gazette for July, 2009 – March, 2010. Hardcopy issues are being held from April, 2009 to the present. Access to ongoing archival files is uncertain.
Stillwater Gazette (Weekly), 1870 – 1957
Stillwater Daily Journal, March, 1951 – May, 1915
Stillwater Lumberman, 1875 – 1881
Stillwater Messenger, 1857 – 1928
Stillwater News, 1932 – 1943
Stillwater Post Messenger, 1928 – 1950
Stillwater Republican, 1868 – 1870
Stillwater Trade News, 1930 – 1931
Washington County Journal, 1893 – 1918
Washington County Post, 1920 – 1928

OBITUARY INDEXES
(See also: DEATH RECORDS; CEMETERY RECORDS; and MILITARY RECORDS)

Index to Obituaries Published in the Stillwater Gazette
Indexing is ongoing. Start year is 1997. Inquire with staff.

Index to Obituaries Published in the Courier News
Start year is 1988 – through May 7, 2009, the final issue published. Inquire with staff.

The latest entries are maintained in a computer database. Arrangement is alphabetical by last name of the deceased. Information includes the date the obituary appeared in the newspaper. If a funeral date was published in the obituary, this date is also provided. Complete obituary notices may be viewed using the Stillwater Gazette or Courier News microfilm editions, or digital files. See special notes about available holdings under “NEWSPAPERS”.

ORAL HISTORIES
The library has a small selection of oral histories recorded on audio cassette. Indexed.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES
The SPL collection includes the following sets. A master index is available.

Assorted and Miscellaneous Photographs
Assorted photographs of Stillwater people and scenes given to the library by various donors.

Holcombe Family Photograph Collection
Photographs taken and developed on glass negatives by Fred E. Holcombe of Stillwater, Minnesota. Images are primarily portraits and building interiors. Time period is 1893 – 1908.

House Photographs & Index (Rivertown Restoration)
Contact print size photographs taken of Stillwater house exteriors in 1977 by members of Rivertown Restoration organization. Compilation and indexing of the collection was done by Donald Empson and Kathleen Vadnais in 1999-2000.

House Photographs Index
Index of house photographs held by the Washington County Historical Society. Most of the photographs are of house exteriors. Indexed by street name. Dates are not included in the index.

Keech/Tuttle Project
Photographs taken by Stillwater residents Deb Keech and Steve Tuttle for a college history class project. The photographers selected a number of 1880’s photographs from the St. Croix Collection (mainly John Runk photos) and replicated the scenes for the year 1986. Each pair of images is accompanied by a brief narrative.

Portrait Photos Index
Index of portrait photographs held by the Washington County Historical Society.

Postcard Collection
Scenes in and around Stillwater, Minnesota, dating from the 1800’s.

Runk and Wolff Collection
Includes photographs taken and collected by Stillwater photographers John Runk and Mel Wolff. Many of the Wolff photographs are photographs he took of already existing photographs. The focus of the collection is Stillwater and the surrounding area. Time period is 1860 – 1960’s, with some more recent. The collection is arranged into two groupings: by subject organization, and by time period. An original index of the collection is also available. Photos were donated to the Stillwater Public Library by the photographers. Another set of the Runk photos is available at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul.

Sinclair Stereopticon Slides
James Sinclair was a Stillwater area photographer from approximately 1876 to 1890. His collection, titled “Views In and Around Stillwater,” portrays people and scenes in the late 1800s. Most images feature scenes of early Stillwater businesses, homes and views of the St. Croix River. A selection of these may be viewed online through the Minnesota Reflections Minnesota Digital Library.

Stillwater Public Library Reorganization & Remodeling
Collection of photographs and slides taken during the remodeling of 1986-87.

Wilson Photographs
Photographs taken by Chester Wilson. The set includes images of people and scenes in the Stillwater area. Time period is the early 1900’s.

See alsoCity of Stillwater (e.g. Heirloom and Landmark Sites program); Washington County Historical Society; the Collections Online, Minnesota Historical Society; and Minnesota Reflections: Minnesota Digital Library, and MN Video Vault, a service of Twin Cities Public Television. 

PRISON RECORDS
Warden’s Record Book (Minnesota State Prison), 1853 – 1879. (Microfilm).

SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
The Kabekonian (Stillwater Area High School). Holdings include: 1916; 1917; 1920; 1922 – present. A video cassette tape yearbook for years 1985 – 1996, and a CD-ROM for 1998, are also available.

SCRAPBOOKS
Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous paraphernalia compiled in scrapbooks. Indexes for some volumes are available. Various time periods, beginning 1882 through 1971. Check the library online catalog under “Scrapbooks” for holdings.

TAX ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Stillwater Property Tax Assessment Records. City of Stillwater, Minnesota. Brief descriptions, outlines, and dimensions of property. Arranged by wards. 8 volumes.

Tax Lists, 1861 – 1931. Washington County Auditor, Washington County, Minnesota. (Microfilm)