For the most part, care of elderly people needing nursing assistance has been done by families, private nursing homes, and county facilities. However, three institutions were operated by the state of Minnesota.
Search the library catalog for published materials and archival records about specific nursing homes. There are records documenting the operation of the nursing homes, and some records about individuals who were patients in these facilities.
A Historical Directory of Minnesota Homes for the Aged, by Ethel McClure.
St. Paul, Minnesota Historical Society, 1968.
MNHS call number: HV1468.M65 M24
Some of the finding aids for the nursing home records are available online; others can be found in notebooks available in the library.
Photographs of the nursing homes can be found in Collections Online.
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
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345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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