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Disaster Relief in Minnesota: Overview

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Looking across St. Paul at the Lake Gervais cycloneMajor Disasters in Minnesota
Print list of major storms, fires, floods and rains, insect infestations, wind storms, tornados, and other extreme weather events. 
MNHS Call Number: Reading Room 606.1 .A67 2001

Minnesota Executive Council, Relief Correspondence and Records, 1919-1955
Correspondence and related materials to disaster relief for a wide range of disasters in Minnesota. Includes records for drought, hailstorm, fire, seed grain, flood, and tornado relief. 
MNHS Call Number: See finding aid in the library (Executive Council).


Natural disasters can shape a community. Researchers may be interested in learning about natural disasters in Minnesota to understand circumstances in their family, local, or state history. The Gale Family Library has a number of resources documenting the destruction and rebuilding of many resilient Minnesota communities.

This guide organizes resources by disaster type. Selected resources may included books, articles, State Archives materials, personal manuscript collections, and photographs. For further assistance, please contact the Gale Family Library. 

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Guide Author

Ellen Jaquette
Reference Librarian

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Currently open by appointment only.