The holdings of the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center, which was established in 1972, consist of correspondence, diaries, newspapers, business records, oral interviews, photographs, and other materials related to the history and culture of northwestern Minnesota. Collections cover a large variety of subjects including agriculture, early settlement, ethnicity, fine arts, floods, politics, railroads, and women's organizations.
The Center's Guide to the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Collections has brief descriptions of each collection. Most collections are further described in individual inventories, which provide a brief historical background statement and a list of files in the collection. In addition, the manuscript collections at the Center have been cataloged as MARC records in the national OCLC data base. Contact the Center for further information.