Skip to main content
MNHS Library Custom Header

Adoption Research: Orphanage Records

Records of Orphanages & Other Organizations

Evidence of adoption can also be found by searching the library catalog for other government records from orphanages and other institutions such as: 

Owatonna State Public School Records (the State Orphanage)

Minnesota Home School for Girls Records

Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum- Asylum Records 1886-1949.

St. Paul Protestant Orphan Asylum- Asylum Records 1883-1931.

Minnesota Human Services Department:  Adoption Unit Records, 1880-1968

Health Department:  Hospital Services Division:  An Inventory of Its Maternity Hospital Records


How do I obtain an orphanage record?

Visit the Library

Researchers can search for and locate materials on site, with assistance from Library staff if desired. Photocopy orders may be placed  for a fee. 

For more details on visiting the library, please see our Using the Library guide.


Order Online

The Minnesota Historical Society Library offers a variety of research services.

To order a record from the Owatonna State Public School, fill out the order form on the Owatonna State Public School page at our online store. Please include any and all information you have about the record you are looking for. 

To order a record from the another orphanage or institution, fill out the Copy Request Order Form on our Copy Request Service page. A specific citation request must include the name of the institution, location number, and box or folder number.  This information can be found by searching the institution name in our Library Catalog.  Please include any and all information you have about the record you are looking for. 

Note: Adoption record restrictions may apply to all these collections. 

Orphanage Record Links

MNHS Reference Staff

reading room bookshelves

Contact Us:


Email Us

Visit our Main Website

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm • Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm • Sunday & Monday: Closed • Holiday Hours