Welcome to the Minnesota Military Museum's Archives and Special Collections

This site is a portal for accessing descriptions of Archives and Special Collections at the museum. These detailed collection guides will assist you in determining the content of a collection and whether it will fulfill your research needs. These finding aids include a variety of different types of collection descriptions with various levels of detail. Information about the museum's policies for using the archives, and how to contact the archivist about a possible donation and reference request, are also provided on this website.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for materials that tell the experiences of Minnesotans who served in the armed forces. This includes: photographs, letters, diaries, service records, memoirs, and audio/visual recordings. We also collect information from veteran organizations and unit histories. If you have items that you are interested in donating to the archives, please contact our archivist, Ryan Welle, at rwelle@mnmilitarymuseum.org or by phone at 320-632-7051.

On-going & Current Projects in the Archives

Veterans Registry

We are always looking for more additions to our online veterans registry. These are entries that mention the service of a Minnesota veteran, past or present. We are hoping that this resource will help preserve the memories and stories of those who served in the armed forces and welcome your support by entering information of veterans that you know. If you are interested in submitting information to this project, or would like to see the information already entered, click here.

Indexing of Muster Rolls Collection

The archives is working on creating an index of each name present in the Muster Rolls Collection. This collection spans from the Civil War through WWII and lists the names of soldiers in each unit. There are some units that are not present in the collection, but many are. This will be of great help in locating information of a veteran based upon name. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us.

Digitizing Audio Recordings

The archives has many valuable audio recordings in its collections. Included in the audio collections are oral history interviews with veterans from various time periods, radio broadcasts, and recordings from the field. Many of these recordings are currently on cassette tapes. Since the magnetic tape in these cassettes degrades over time, it is important to migrate the recordings to new media. As an added benefit, the digital copies of these recordings mean they can be more accessible to our patrons and researchers!