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State Institutions Overview
The State of Minnesota has operated a number of residential facilities which have housed many residents for varying periods of time, most of them involuntarily, to treat or protect them or to protect others from them. As the State Archives
, the Minnesota Historical Society holds records from many of these institutions. There are also records for state departments which oversaw the administration of multiple institutions. For some institutions, there are extensive records, but for others there are few or no records.
Restricted Records & Access
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.
MNHS loans out most microfilm materials. Contact your local library for more information and assistance with this service.
Some items such as newspapers, articles, photos and objects are available online. Look for links within this guide.
Many books listed in the Secondary Sources page can be borrowed from other libraries.
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