Crow Wing County Historical Society (webpage header)


The Crow Wing County Historical Society research library has many excellent resources available to researchers. These include county resident oral and written histories, county and township histories by Anna Himrod, Brainerd City Directories, the Crow Wing County Naturalization Index, an extensive obituary index, and much, much more!

The “Reflections” page for the Crow Wing County Historical Society at the Minnesota Digital Library website has audio recordings and transcriptions of Verbal Oral History Interviews from the '70s, '80s and '90s and over 1,300 Written Oral History InterviewsNew!from the WPA project in the 1930s.

Our Mortuary Records page has the index and images of the 1889-1914 Losey & Dean mortuary records.

Our Heritage Edition Index page has an index of items appearing in the Brainerd Daily Dispatch Heritage edition, published in 1981.

Some public domain items have been scanned and processed with OCR technology to create searchable PDF files. Look for the icons, below. Recently added:

  • “75” Brainerd, Minn., 1871-1946: 75th Anniv. book
  • 1888 Brainerd City Directory

Below are some of the research resources available; much more is available at the library. Further questions can be answered by phone, email, or fax. Fees for research may apply.
The Crow Wing County Historical Society research library.
Research station at the museum's research library; the library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 3 PM, or by appointment.


Photograph Resources:

Subject: Box Number:
Agriculture A1
Bar Harbor, Baxter, Brainerd, Aerial Views B1
Brainerd Buildings B2
Bridges B3
Brainerd Parades B4
Brainerd Schools B5
Brainerd Street Railway B6
Brainerd Street Scenes, Fire Department B7
Brainerd Water System B8
Brainerd Businesses B9
Brainerd Water Tower (click for examples) B10
Brainerd Schools B11
Brainerd Churches B12
Brainerd Hospitals B13
Brainerd Banks B14
Brainerd Hotels B15
Brainerd Parks, Celebrations, Amusement Parks B16
Camps C1
Club, Campfires C2
Club, Organizations C3
Crow Wing County Historical Society C4
Rural Churches, Crosslake, Crosby, Cuyuna Range C5
Dams, Deerwood D1
Garrison G1
Government G2
Historic Sites, Houses, Lake Hubert H1
Industry, Ironton/Riverton, Woodrow I1
Lakes L1
Lumbering (1) L2
Lumbering (2) L3
Lumbering (3) L4
Lumbering (4) L5
Military and Mining M1
Museum M2
Music M3
Nisswa N1
Native American N2
Photo-Slides P1
Pine Center, Pequot Lakes, Pre-Historic Site P2
Railroads (1) R1
Railroads (2) R2
Resorts, Breezy Point R3
Resorts, A-C R4
Resorts, D-J R5
Resorts, L-P R6
Resorts, R-Z R7
Recreation R8
River R9
Schools S1
Sports S2
Tintypes T1
Theater, Tourism T2
Transportation T3
People, A PP1
People, B-C PP2
People, D-F PP3
People, G-I PP4
People, J PP5A
People, K-L PP5B
People, M PP6
People, N-Q PP7
People, R-V PP8
People, S PP9
People, W-Z PP10
People, Groups PP11
Oversize (1) PP12
Oversize (2) PP13
Over 2,000 photos available from a wide range of subjects!
Over 2,000 postcards from Joseph Marchel Collection taken in 1940s and 1950s!



Microfilm Resources:

Newspaper Name: Issues on Microfilm:
Brainerd Arena (weekly) March 1, 1899 to July 8, 1910
Brainerd Dispatch (weekly) March 4, 1887 to March 31, 1932
Brainerd Daily Dispatch October 3, 1924 to present
Brainerd Journal Press (weekly) December 9, 1910 to August 27, 1953
Brainerd Tribune (weekly) February 10, 1872 to May 6, 1882
May 13, 1882 to February 26, 1887 (missing)
March 5, 1887 to July 18, 1946
Brainerd Weekly Journal January 22, 1891 to December 1, 1898
Country Echo March 2, 1972 to December 28, 1979
Crosby Courier March 9, 1911 to June 25, 1997
Crosby Crucible March 22, 1913 to December 27, 1918
Crosby Ranger January 3, 1935 to April 16, 1936
Crow Wing County Review August 22, 1940 to October 25, 1979
Cuyuna Range Miner April 12, 1912 to January 23, 1920
Daily News (Brainerd) June 8, 1887 to May 30, 1888
Deerwood Enterprise July 29, 1915 to March 2, 1951
Deerwood Times August 29, 1913 to December 21, 1917
Deerwood Ranger August 4, 1965 to February 9, 1966
Ironton News January 6, 1928 to February 28, 1930
Ironton Ranger March 7, 1930 to August 17, 1951
Weekly News (Brainerd) December 7, 1887 to June 21, 1888

Census Record: Film Number:
State 1875 Census Roll 5 (Crow Wing County)
State 1885 Census Roll 23 (Crow Wing County)
State 1895 Census Roll 55 (Crow Wing County)
State 1905 Census Roll 114 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1850 Census Roll 367 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1860 Census Roll 567 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1870 Census MN Roll 2 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1880 Census MN Roll 2 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1890 Census Veterans Roll 24 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1900 Census MN Roll 9 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1910 Census MN Roll 11 (Crow Wing County)
Federal 1920 Census MN Roll 15 (Crow Wing County)



Books:

Title: Author: Copyright:
101 Best Stories of Minnesota Merle Potter 1931
A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota David Gebhard & Tom Martinson 1977
A Taste of History: Tastes and Tales of the Crosslake Area Past Deanne Engen (ed) 2004
An Annotated Listing of Ojibwa Chiefs 1690-1890 John Ilku (ed) 1995
Banking in Minnesota Tery Gatton 1989
Between the Waters: Tracing the Northwest Trail from Lake Superior to the Mississippi River Larry Luukkonen 2007
Between Then and Now: A Story About Southern Cass County, Sylvan Lake, and the Village of Pillager Richard Wickman 2004
Brainerd's Half Century 1871-1921 Ingolf Dillan 1923
“75” Brainerd, Minn., 1871-1946: 75th Anniversary New! Carl Zapffe 1946
Brainerd Minnesota 1871-1971 Brainerd Daily Dispatch   n/a
Burial Mounds of Central Minnesota Christina Jacobsen (ed) 1969
Canoe Country Florence Jaques 1938
Catholic Origins of Minnesota Rev. Vincent Yzermans (ed) 1961
Cemetery Records of Crow Wing County, Minnesota Earl C. & Laura L. Leslie 1982
Charter of Brainerd (Minnesota)   n/a 1893
Classic Minnesota Fishing Stories Joe Fellegy 1982
Cuyuna Country: A People History (vol. 1, 2, & 3)   n/a 2000
Cuyuna Range L. Rognaldson   n/a
Forestry in Minnesota Samuel Green 1902
Historical Notes of Brainerd by Oldtimers Carl Zapffe, Jr.   n/a
Iron Range Country   n/a 1979
It Happened Here Carl Zapffe 1948
Letters from Emily, MN 1902-1909 Lois Willand 2003
Making Minnesota Territory 1849-1858 Anne Kaplan (ed) 1998
Memories of Hubert, Minnesota Darlyne Dano   n/a
Minnesota Gardens: An Illustrated History Susan Price 1995
Minnesota Goes to War Dave Kenney 2005
Minnesota Logging Railroads Frank King 1981
Minnesota Vacation Days Kathryn & Linda Koutsky 2006
Old Crow Wing: History of A Village Sister Bernard Coleman, Sister
Verona LaBud & John Humphrey
2000
Old Times on The Upper Mississippi George Merrick 1987
Once... in a Hundred Years: A Centennial History of Nisswa, Minnesota Earl Leslie   n/a
Paul Bunyan Volume One: The Tall Tales Carl Zapffe, Jr. 1984
Pioneers of Deerwood A. Crone 1923
Riverton (Minnesota) History Al Gerval 1906
Schoolcraft's Expedition to Lake Itasca: The Discovery of the Source of the Mississippi River Phillip Mason (ed) 1958
Stories in Log and Stone: Civilian Conservation Core Camps David Benson 2002
Stories of Early Minnesota Solon & Elizabeth Buck 1930
The First One Hundred Years: Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge Mae Heglund 1998
The Journal of Joseph N. Nicollet Marth Bray (ed) 1970
The Man Who Lived in Three Centuries: Kahbe Nagi Wens Carl Zapffe, Jr. 1975
The Milford Mine Disaster: A Cuyuna Range Tragedy Bergie Aulie 1994
The Muster Roll: A Biography of Fort Ripley, Minnesota Robert Baker   n/a
The Northern Pacific (Railway) in Minnesota John Luecke 1989
Tracing Minnesota's Old Government Roads Grover Singley 1974
Windows to the Past: A Bibliography of Minnesota County Atlases Mai Freude 1980
Many more books available beyond those listed here!



Miscellaneous:

Atlas Title: Year(s):
Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota 1874
Gram's Superior Reference Atlas of Minnesota and the World 1907
Standard Atlas of Crow Wing County, including Plat Book 1913
Atlas of the State of Minnesota 1962, 1971
 
Directory Title: Year(s):
Brainerd City Directory 1888 (210 MB) New!,
1901-02, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1908-9,
1910-11, 1913-14, 1914-15, 1916-17, 1918-19,
1920-21, 1922-23, 1924-25, 1927, 1927-28,
1931-32, 1933-34, 1937-38, 1939-40,
1942-43, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1957,
1959, 1961, 1963 ... and more
 
Map Title: Year(s):
Sanborn Insurance Map 1892, 1913, 1917
Minnesota County Map Book 1990
Crow Wing and Cass Counties Topographic Map 1900
Crow Wing County Plat Book 1913, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1981,
1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1998
Cass County Plat Book Unknown (pre-1900), 1972
Crow Wing County Survey Map 1855
Many more maps available beyond those listed here!



Yearbooks:

School Yearbooks: Year(s):
Brainerd Area Vocational Technical Institute 1973
Brainerd High School Cyclone 1911
Brainerd High School Brainonian

Years with strikethrough are missing.

Donations of yearbooks for missing
years would be greatly appreciated
for any school in Crow Wing county.
1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929,
1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939,
1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949,
1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959,
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969,
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979,
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989,
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Brainerd Junior College Saga 1949(III), 1951(VI), 1952(VII), 1963(XVII)
Crosby - Ironton High School Soleil Montant 1918
Crosby - Ironton High School Manganite 1920, 1921
Crosby - Ironton High School Master Miner 1927, 1928, 1929
Crosby - Ironton High School Crosironite 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939,
1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949,
1950
Franklin Junior High School Mike 1939, 1997
Mississippi Horizons 1998
Lowell Elementary 1992, 1993, 1994
Pequot Lakes Pequonian 1946, 1969, 1970, 1979, 1986
Washington Middle School 1995, 1996, 2005