History Center is open. The Archives requires an appointment. Call 507-934-2160.

×The Research Center at the Nicollet County Historical Society is open by appointment only, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Research can also be conducted virtually. For assistance or to schedule a research appointment, please contact the Research Coordinator at research@nchsmn.org or 507-934-2160.

Donate to the Collection

The Nicollet County Historical Society’s collections include an archival manuscript collection, a museum collection of objects, a research library, and an education collection.

To donate physical or digital items, please tell us about the items you would like to donate by filling out the Donation Interest form. Please explain what the items are, their significance to local history, who used them, and when and where they were used. The Research Coordinator will get in touch with you if more information is needed.

Potential acquisitions will be assessed by the Collections Committee to ensure that donated materials support our Mission and can find a home here. All donors will be notified of the committee’s decision. For examples of items we typically accept and those we typically don’t, as well as more about the process for donation, see Donations FAQs.

Please note that NCHS reserves the right to dispose of any unsolicited items delivered to or dropped off at the Treaty Site.

When in doubt, don’t throw it out! Ask the Research Coordinator at 507-934-2160 or research@nchsmn.org.


We Collect Stories

NCHS collects materials that illuminate and document the lives and activities of the residents, businesses, organizations, and faith communities of Nicollet County.

Archival materials include items such as journals, correspondence, meeting minutes, and photos.

Our museum collection includes objects such as promotional give-aways from local businesses, clothing and other textiles, and implements.

Our library of reference materials includes genealogies/family histories and subject files, as well as reference books relevant to Nicollet County and Minnesota history, such as yearbooks from county schools and books on the U.S.–Dakota War and other conflicts.

Thank you for considering the Nicollet County Historical Society as a repository for your Nicollet County story.

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