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Manuscripts Collection

You can review finding aids describing hundreds of collections, ranging from personal and family papers (e.g., letters, diaries) to business records, from church records to social clubs and fraternal organizations (e.g., scrapbooks).

 

A finding aid is an inventory that lists the contents of an archival collection.  It includes an

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Manuscripts Collection

Government Records Collection

The IRRC is a Minnesota Historical Society and State Archives designated government records repository.  The IRRC's records originate from public school districts, cities, townships, and counties that reside within the Minnesota Taconite Assistance Area.  The IRRC also holds select federal records documenting the Chippewa and …

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Government Records Collection

Photo Collection

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, …

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Photo Collection

Oral History Collection

The IRRC's oral history collection includes numerous projects (e.g., Arrowhead Civilian Conservation Corps Documentation Project), as well as hundreds more individual interviews.  The online resources are of various types: (1) a master inventory of projects, as well as additional non-project interviews, sorted alphabetically; …

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Oral History Collection

Map Collection

The IRRC holds a collection of more than 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.  The online resources include finding aids describing some map collections, along with dozens more …

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Map Collection

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, maps, 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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