Evidence of individual adoptions can be found by searching the library catalog for government records from orphanages, maternity homes, correctional facilities, and other institutions including:
Opened in Minneapolis in 1886, this institution was designed to serve orphaned children without regard to age, gender, race, or religion. Orphaned, half-orphaned, and other dependent and neglected children under the age of 15 were cared for until the orphanage closed in 1929.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
There are a variety of institutions represented in the collection for which we do not have records for individual children. However, other types of records may provide interesting information about these institutions, their practices, and their policies. Examples include:
Note: Adoption record restrictions may apply to all these collections.
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