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Research Options

  • Visit the MNHS Library
    Original materials, records, and newspapers on microfilm are available on site and reference staff can help with research.
  • MNHS Research Services
    Order copies of records, articles, or other specific materials from the MNHS collections.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    MNHS loans out most microfilm materials. Contact your local library for more information and assistance with this service.
  • Online Research
    Some items such as newspapers, articles, photos and objects are available online. Look for links within this guide.
  • Other Libraries
    Many books listed in the Secondary Sources page can be borrowed from other libraries.

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Overview

MHS has many useful records documenting military service.  Most of these are in the State Archives collection under the records of the Adjutant General and the Department of Military Affairs.

The Adjutant General is a constitutional officer appointed by the governor.  The function of this office is to manage the state militia (the National Guard) and the various armories and support facilities for it.  

The Department of Military Affairs was created after World War II.  It administers a variety of veterans programs.

This guide will give you an overview on how to find records from the following wars:

Company B, 36th Infantry, parading east on Sixth Street in St. Paul during the World War.

Military service record cards, [ca. 1860]-[ca. 1945].
Service record cards for persons who entered federal military service via the Minnesota National Guard and its predecessor, the Minnesota State Militia. They include army, navy, marines, foreign service, naval militia, surgeons and nurses, home and state guards, and cemetery burials. They cover the period from the Civil War through World War II.
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Hamp Smith

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Minnesota Historical Society Library • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
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