Manuscripts is a term used to describe the papers and records of individuals and organizations. This collection contains finding aids and abstracts.
Collections include public records from cities, townships, school districts and select county records from the Taconite Tax Relief Area and the Superior and Chippewa National Forests. This collection contains finding aids and abstracts.
The IRRC's photographic collections date from the pioneer mining era in the 1890s into the 21st century. The online resources include finding aids describing dozens of collections, along with hundreds more individually digitized images.
Most of these collections are of a personal nature and document persons, activities, places, …
Abstracts and transcripts of select oral histories from our collection.
The Iron Range Research Center holds a collection of over 100,000 maps. The bulk of the maps document the Iron Mining Industry in northeastern Minnesota, but also includes maps documenting the Superior and Chippewa National Forests and Range towns.
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Archival collections typically contain unpublished primary source materials that were all created by the same person, family, agency, or organization.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!