For more information, contact the Information Center at 651-275-4338, ext. 4876, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BUILDING, HOUSE, and NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIES
For additional information about house and building research, see the library’s House and Building History guide.
Digitized Building Permit Applications. City of Stillwater, MN, 1886 – 1945 in the Minnesota Digital Library. (Also available on microfilm.)
Neighborhood Histories. The City of Stillwater sponsored a compilation of number of neighborhood histories in Stillwater.
Heirloom Homes and Landmark Sites, and the Heritage Preservation Ordinance is available on the City of Stillwater web site.
There is more information on our House & Building Page
- Cemetery Records: Civil War and Spanish-American War Veterans buried in Fairview Cemetery
- Fairview Cemetery Internments: Burial Book: Fairview Cemetery, 1868 – 1906.
- Washington County Cemetery Register. Record of burial places in Washington County, Minnesota cemeteries. Information is transcribed from headstones, with inscriptions from selected grave markers. Most sites date 1910 or earlier. (Arrangement is by cemetery, then name.)
- Washington County Veterans Burial List. Veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Includes military unit, death date, and place of burial.
- Withrow Cemetery Index, 2011.
See also: the Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Veterans Graves Registration Index
- Microfilm duplicates at the Stillwater Public Library of:
- Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849 – 1855.
- Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, Washington County, MN, 1857 – 1905, Ramsey – Sibley counties 1857; Waseca, Washington and Stearns counties 1875; Washington County 1885; Washington and Wantonwan counties 1895.
- U. S. 8th Census Schedules, 1860, Minnesota (Washington, Winona, and Wright counties).
- U. S. 10th Census Schedules, 1880, Wisconsin (St. Croix and Richland counties).
- Wisconsin State Census, 1855, 1875, 1895 (Racine, Richland, Rock, St. Croix and Sauk counties), 1905 (St. Croix, Sauk and Sawyer counties).
Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater, Minnesota
- Ascension records are contained in the larger The Parish Register, Christ Church (Saint Paul, Minnesota).
Church of St. Augustine, South St. Paul, Minnesota
- Church of St. Augustine, South St. Paul, Minnesota, baptismal register 1895-1962.
- Church of St. Augustine, South St. Paul, Minnesota, baptismal register 1962-1993, marriage register 1908-1993, death register 1896-1993
Church of Sacred Heart, St. Paul, Minnesota
- Church of Sacred Heart, St. Paul, Minnesota, marriage register 1881-1908, baptismal register 1881-1944.
- Church of Sacred Heart, St. Paul, Minnesota, death register 1909-1990.
Church of St. Charles, Bayport, Minnesota
- Church of St. Charles, Bayport, Minnesota baptismal register, marriage register, death register, 1943-1993.
Church of St. Mary, Stillwater, Minnesota
Parish of St. Joseph, Stillwater, Minnesota
- Parish of St. Josephs, Stillwater, Minnesota, baptismal, marriage 1853-1992, death records 1914-1958.
Parish of St. Michael, Stillwater, Minnesota
- Parish of St. Michael, Stillwater, Minnesota, marriage records 1852-1992, death records 1943-1992.
- Parish of St. Michael, Stillwater, Minnesota, baptismal records 1948-1992.
- Parish of St. Michael, Stillwater, Minnesota, baptismal records 1853-1948.
Stillwater City Directory, Stillwater, Minnesota.
- Stillwater City Directories available in Minnesota Digital Reflections: 1882-1883, 1887, 1890-1891, 1892-1893, 1894-1895, 1896-1897, 1898-1899
- Photocopies of originals: 1876 – 1999* ; Microfilm editions: 1890 -1931. Many of these directories include the cities of Bayport and Oak Park Heights.
- (*Missing 1885-1886, 1888, 1907,1916,1918, 1920-1923, 1926, 1928-1929, 1931-1936, 1939-1941, 1944, 1946-1947, 1949-1950, 1952-1953, 1955, 1957, 1959.)
Selected clippings from Stillwater and Twin Cities metropolitan area newspapers. A subject heading index is available.
DATABASES & RESEARCH TOOLS (LIBRARY-SPONSORED)
Ancestry Library Edition
Designed to serve genealogists and others interested in researching local and family histories. Includes U.S. Federal census records between 1790 and 1920, immigration records, military records, the Social Security Death Index, the Family History Library and more. Must be searched from computers located in the library.
Identifies and inventories historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world. Available for remote access through the library web site.
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub is a searchable website from the Minnesota Historical Society that makes millions of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online.
Search full-text articles for the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1988 – current), the Star-Tribune (1986 – current), and selected other Minnesota newspapers. (Available only in the library)
- Index of Death Records: Indexes only, 1870 – 1961.
- Deaths Index, 1884 – Nov. 1940 (Selected records for City of Stillwater).
- Washington County, Minnesota, miscellaneous death listings, 1871-1930
For additional information about access to local death records see Genealogy page.
GERMAN ALIEN REGISTRATION
Registration lists and affidavits of German citizens in the Stillwater area during World War I on microfilm or through the Minnesota Digital Library
Summary Sheet of Registration of Alien Enemies from February 14, 1918 in Minnesota Digital Reflections
MAGAZINES AND NEWSLETTERS
Gopher Historian, 1965-1972
Historical Whisperings from the Washington County Historical Society, 1974-current
Minnesota Genealogical Journal, 1984-2013
Minnesota Genealogist, 2002-2010
Minnesota History, 1925-2000, 2004-2020
Index to the Minnesota History Bulletin, 1915-1924
Minnesota History Interpreter, 2001-2004
Pipost : St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society newsletter, 1982-current
Prison Mirror, 2005-current
Roots: an educational service of the Minnesota Historical Society, 1987-1993
The Minnesota Historical Society has a full list of other publications that are useful for historical research.
Northfield Bank Robbery of 1876, Northfield, Minnesota. Selected letters, reminiscences and government records on microfilm. More details on the content of this collection courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.
MAPS AND ATLASES
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Stillwater, Minnesota. Stillwater Maps from 1884-1910 are available through the Library of Congress. Photocopy version: 1884, 1888, 1891, 1898, 1904, 1910, 1924; Microfilm edition: 1884 – 1950; the Minnesota Historical Society and Hennepin County libraries also have further holdings of Fire Insurance Maps.
- Washington County Plat Atlas from 1901 in Minnesota Digital Reflections
Plat atlases for Washington County, Minnesota in print, 1901, 1916, 1926, 1938, 1956, and 1961. Complete list of plat atlases.
- Catographic images of Stillwater in Minnesota Digital Reflections.
- Miscellaneous maps physically held by the library.
“Marriages at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Part I: 1852 -1872, and Part II: 1873 – 1899.” (Index) (Photocopy excerpted from Minnesota Genealogist, Autumn 2009 and Winter 2009 – 2010 isues.)
Washington County Marriage Data, 1849 – 1875 (Index). Photocopy excerpted from the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13.
St. Croix County, WI (Minnesota Territory), Marriage Data (Index), 1843. Photocopy excerpted from the Minnesota Genealogical Journal, Vol. 2
MILITARY & VETERANS RESOURCES
- Cemetery Records: Civil War and Spanish-American War Veterans buried in Fairview Cemetery
- Minnesotans in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861 – 1865. Washington County, MN. Indexes.
- Stillwater Veteran’s Memorial Paver Locations Index. Also check the Stillwater Veterans’ Memorial site.
- Veterans Burial List, Washington County, MN. For the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.
- War Veterans Master Index. Washington County, MN. Covers Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II. (Hardcopy and electronic file)
- Lists of Members of the Last Man’s Cub in 1908 and Members of the Last Man’s Club in 1930
- Newspaper clipping file under “Veterans Bios”.
Index and compilation of Stillwater and Washington County Civil War Veterans done by Kay Thueson (Hardcopy 3-ring binders).
Minnesota Veterans Graves Registration Index from the Minnesota Historical Society
Newspapers aren’t indexed or searchable. The library has a limited file of newspaper clippings by topic.
Daily Call, August, 1890 – December, 1890 on microfilm
Daily Times, October, 1897 – August, 1898 on microfilm
Fishwrapper, Summer, 1977 – September, 1988 on microfilm
Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922)
Lowdown, St. Croix Valley Area (formerly St. Croix Valley Press) The library has a digital index to the “weekly feature story”, from 2001 to the present.
Marine Messenger, 1975 – 1986
Prison Mirror, 1887 – 1982 on microfilm or The Prison Mirror from 1887-1894 and The Mirror from 1894-1925 from the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
St. Croix Union, 1854 – 1857
St. Paul Pioneer Press (1/1/1988 – current) through Newsbank (available only in the library)
Star Tribune (1/1/1986 – current) through Newsbank (available only in the library)
Stillwater Courier News / Courier News, 1988 – May 7, 2009.
Stillwater Daily Sun, 1881 – 1884
Stillwater Democrat, 1858 – 1891
Stillwater Gazette (M – F; 3 days a week), 1884 – 2014. Access to ongoing archival files is uncertain.
Stillwater Evening Gazette 1870 – 1954 on microfilm
Stillwater Daily Journal, March, 1915 – May, 1915
Stillwater Lumberman, 1875 – 1881
Stillwater Messenger, 1857 – 1928 or 1856-1868, 1870-1928 from the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
Stillwater News, 1932 – 1943
Stillwater Post Messenger, 1928 – 1950
Stillwater Republican, 1868 – 1870 from the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
Stillwater Trade News, 1930 – 1931
Washington County Journal, 1893 – 1918
Washington County Post, 1920 – 1928
Index to Obituaries Published in the Stillwater Gazette. Indexing is ongoing. Start year is 1997. Inquire with staff.
Obituaries Published in the Courier New 1988 – through May 7, 2009.
- These guides include name, date the obituary appeared in the newspaper, and funeral date.
The library has a small selection of oral histories recorded on audio cassette. Indexed.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES
The SPL collection includes the following sets. A master index is available.
Assorted and Miscellaneous Photographs
Assorted photographs of Stillwater people and scenes given to the library by various donors.
Holcombe Family Photograph Collection
House Photographs & Index (Rivertown Restoration)
House Photographs Index
Index of house photographs held by the Washington County Historical Society. Most of the photographs are of house exteriors. Indexed by street name. Dates are not included in the index.
Photographs taken by Stillwater residents Deb Keech and Steve Tuttle for a college history class project. The photographers selected a number of 1880’s photographs from the St. Croix Collection (mainly John Runk photos) and replicated the scenes for the year 1986. Each pair of images is accompanied by a brief narrative.
Sternwheel Packet Photos
The library has a few of these in various collections, and the Digital Public Library has a number of photos of sternwheels photographed in Stillwater or built in Stillwater. Tugboat photos from DPLA.
Portrait Photos Index
Index of portrait photographs held by the Washington County Historical Society.
Scenes in and around Stillwater, Minnesota, dating from the 1800’s.
Runk and Wolff Collection
Includes photographs taken and collected by Stillwater photographers John Runk and Mel Wolff. Many of the Wolff photographs are photographs he took of already existing photographs. The focus of the collection is Stillwater and the surrounding area from 1860 – the 1960’s. The collection is organized both by subject and by time period. An original index of the collection is also available. Photos were donated to the Stillwater Public Library by the photographers. Another set of the Runk photos is available at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sinclair Stereopticon Slides
James Sinclair was a Stillwater area photographer from approximately 1876 to 1890. The library holds physical copies of a number of Stillwater photographs, and there are even more available through the Digital Public Library.
Stillwater Public Library Reorganization & Remodeling
Collection of photographs and slides taken during the remodeling of 1986-87.
Photographs taken by Chester Wilson. The set includes images of people and scenes in the Stillwater area from the early 1900’s.
See also: City of Stillwater (e.g. Heirloom and Landmark Sites program); Washington County Historical Society; the Collections Online, Minnesota Historical Society; and Minnesota Reflections: Minnesota Digital Library, and MN Video Vault, a service of Twin Cities Public Television.
Warden’s Record Book (Minnesota State Prison), 1853 – 1879. (Microfilm).
Minnesota State Prison biennial report 1896-1948.
Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous paraphernalia compiled in scrapbooks. Indexes for some volumes are available. Various time periods, beginning 1882 through 1971. Check the library online catalog under “Scrapbooks” for holdings.