Iron Range Research Center
Dig into the past with one of the largest collections of genealogical and local history research materials in the Upper Midwest.
There is no admission charge to visit the Iron Range Research Center. Access to certain archival collections does require assistance from the Archivist on staff, so please call ahead at 218-254-7959 or contact us by email to schedule an appointment.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, IRRC is available by appointment only for in person. You may call ahead of time to setup your appointment at 218-254-7959 or, if available, we can setup a walk-in appointment. Access to the IRRC is still available online and orders will be processed as they come through.
Iron Range Research Center Summer Hours: (By Appointment Only)
Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
Summer Late Night in the Research Center dates:
Thursday, May 27th: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday, June 24th: 9 am - 8 pm
Thursday, July 29th: 9 am - 8pm
Thursday, August 26th: 9 am - 8pm
The library houses numerous published resources on:
- economic/political/social history
- ethnicity and genealogy/family history
- Iron Range geology
- industrial development and regional industries (logging, mining) of the Iron Range
- Iron Range history
- natural resources
Our staff specializes in assisting patrons with their genealogy/family history research.* You may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 218-254-1222.
The archives consist mainly of unpublished documentary materials such as audiovisual collections, government records, manuscript collections, map collections, and photographic collections.
Persons interested in using the archives should schedule an appointment in advance with the Archivist at email@example.com or 218-254-1229.
Iron Range Veterans Memorial Website
This website provides a searchable database of information about veterans from the Iron Range region. Organized by Press-Lloyd Post #247 of the American Legion, the site is now managed in collabration with the Minnesota Discovery Center.
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*The Iron Range Research Center was named one of the Top 75 State Sites of 2016 by Family Tree Magazine, America's largest-circulation genealogy magazine. Check out the article!