Library and Archives – Holdings

Archival Highlights

  • Township records
  • A. E. Welch Women’s Relief Corp records, 1887-1964
  • Frances Densmore collection
  • Goodhue County Farm Bureau records
  • Goodhue County League of Women Voters records
  • Lutheran Ladies Seminary, Red Wing, photograph collection and other materials (no records)
  • Mineral Springs Sanitorium records, 1914-1976
  • Nuremberg Trial transcripts of Judge William Christianson
  • Oral history collection
  • Red Wing Pottery/Union Stoneware Company catalogs
  • Roland Reed collection

Census Records

  • Minnesota Territorial, 1850
  • State Census (Goodhue County only), 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905
  • Federal Census index (Goodhue County only), 1870 (partial)
  • Federal Individual and Agricultural Census (Red Wing, some townships), 1870
  • U.S. Nonpopulation Census Schedules: Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mortality, Social Statistics: 1860, 1870, 1880

Directories

  • Red Wing only: 1860, 1876-77, 1894, 1948, 1962, 1963 through 1984, 1990, 1992-1993, 1998
  • Red Wing/County: 1893, 1899, 1903, 1921, 1924, 1932, 1937-38, 1938
  • Red Wing Telephone directories: 1917-1920, 1922, 1924 through 1998

Plat Books

  • 1857 (plat maps for Welch and Burnside Townships only)
  • 1877 (indexed by Kathryn Ericson)
  • 1894 (index available)
  • 1921, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1933, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956-1959, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1983-84, 1987

Dalby Database

Compiled by John Dalby of Faribault, Minnesota, this index contains over 323,000 entries for burials in Goodhue, Rice, Steele, LeSuer, Scott, Dodge, Waseca, Dakota, Olmsted, and other area counties. Also names and data of Civil War Vets of Minnesota.

Newspapers on microfilm

  • Cannon Falls Goodhue County News: February 15-22, 1900
  • Cannon Falls Lewis Ledger: October 5, 1911
  • Cannon Falls Beacon: January 5, 1906-December 25, 2008
  • Goodhue Enterprise: December 26, 1896-May 20, 1926
  • Goodhue County Tribune: May 27, 1926-September 11, 1991
  • Kenyon Minnesota Signal: June 1, 1900-November 24, 1905
  • Kenyon Courier: January 20, 1938-July 14, 1938
  • Kenyon Independent: July 21, 1938-November 30, 1939; March 28, 1940-August 14, 1941
  • Kenyon Leader: October 2, 1890-September 26, 1907; November 1, 1924-December 26, 2007
  • Kenyon News: April 11, 1906-November 10, 1927; July 5, 1928-December 31, 1936
  • Pine Island Journal: December 1, 1882-October 30, 1885; September 19, 1890-May 8, 1891
  • Pine Island Record: December 25, 1891-August 25, 1993
  • Wanamingo Progress: April 9, 1909-September 11, 1991
  • Zumbrota County Free Press: February 15, 1883-
  • Zumbrota Independent: April 24, 1890-May 10, 1906 (copies missing)
  • Zumbrota News: July 25, 1890-August 25, 1993
  • Zumbrota News Record: September 8, 1993-June 28, 1995, July 3, 1996-June 24, 1998
  • Red Wing Grange Advance: October 15, 1873-August 1, 1877
  • Red Wing Advance: August 8, 1877-November 19, 1884
  • Red Wing Daily Independent: November 30, 1891-March 10, 1892
  • Red Wing Journal: May 14, 1890-May 8, 1897
  • Red Wing Republican: January 9, 1895-December 25, 1901
  • Red Wing Republican Daily (Morning Rural Edition): September 1, 1911-June 17, 1912
  • Red Wing Republican Daily (State Fair Edition): September 3, 1923-September 8, 1923
  • Red Wing Republican Daily (Early Mail/Rural Route Edition): October 1, 1929-December 31, 1929; July 1, 1930-December 31, 1932
  • Red Wing Republican Daily (Home Edition): April 1, 1946-June 30, 1949
  • Red Wing News Daily: November 28, 1904-May 31, 1905; August 10, 1911-March 31, 1923
  • Red Wing Republican Eagle Daily: April 1, 1946-September 30, 1950
  • Red Wing Republican Morning: June 18, 1912-April 30, 1913; July 1, 1913-May 31, 1917
  • Red Wing Republican Morning (Rural Edition): August 1, 1917-April 30, 1921
  • Red Wing Republican Sunday: November 21, 1920-November 12, 1922
  • Minnesota Posten: November 7, 1857-Ocotber 13, 1858
  • Luthersk Kyro-Tidning, Red Wing: December 1, 1871-December, 1873
  • Evangelisk Luthersk Tidskrift: December 1877-December 1878
  • Nordstjernen, Red Wing: January 4, 1895-November 18, 1898

Obituary index

Obituraries copied from county newspapers, 1975 to present. There are a few older obituaries.

Family Genealogies

Family histories that have been donated to the GCHS.

Alien Registration Forms, 1918

On microfilm. Alphabetized by last name for groups of townships. Lists county immigrants who had not become citizens.

Military information

  • Civil War index, by last name
  • Spanish American War: photograph collection of individuals in Company G
  • WWI: Goodhue County in the World War
  • WWII: index by last name, photograph collection of men and women who served

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

  • Cannon Falls: 1893, 1899, 1905, 1921
  • Dennison: 1958
  • Frontenac: 1961
  • Goodhue: 1960
  • Kenyon: 1933, 1953
  • Pine Island: 1957
  • Red Wing: 1884, 1891, 1895, 1902, 1910, 1917, 1927
  • Skyberg: 1922
  • Stanton: 1961
  • Wanamingo: 1959
  • Welch: 1961
  • White Rock: 1961
  • Zumbrota: 1885, 1890, 1899, 1910, 1911, 1927, 1948

County histories

  • 1869 Past and Present of Goodhue County by W.H. Mitchell
  • 1878 History of Goodhue County (biographical sketches are indexed)
  • 1893 Memories of an Old Settler by J.W. Hancock
  • 1909 History of Goodhue County (biographical sketches are indexed)
  • 1935 History of Goodhue County by C.A. Rasmussen
  • 1963 Goodhue County Heritage edited by Harold Severson
  • 1967 Discontinued Towns and Post Offices of Goodhue County by Roy W. Meyer
  • 2000 Goodhue County Minnesota, A Narrative History by Frederick L.Johnson

Red Wing histories

  • 1933 History of Red Wing by C.A. Rasmussen
  • 1942 History of Red Wing to 1942 by S. T. Irvine
  • 1975 Red Wing: Saga of a River Town by Madeline Angell