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About the collections



In order to encourage the study of Iron Range history, the Iron Range Research Center (IRRC) identifies, collects, processes, catalogs, preserves, displays, and makes easily accessible the historically significant written, oral, and visual records of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges.

Archival collections typically contain unpublished primary source materials that were all created by the same person, family, agency, or organization.  The IRRC's collections include federal and local government records, manuscripts, personal and family papers, business and organizational records, photographs, sound recordings, moving images, and oral histories.

A finding aid is an inventory that lists the contents of an archival collection.  It includes an overview explaining what each collection is, who created it, when, and what materials or topics are included.  It may also include a detailed description listing the collections' contents, box by box.  A finding aid will not list every item, but it will help you discover parts you may explore further by visiting the IRRC Library.

Many of the IRRC's collections are described by a finding aid, and content from some of these collections has been digitized.  Use the links to the left to explore further.  New and updated finding aids are being added monthly!

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