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MUSEUM HOURS:
MON - FRI: 9AM - 4PM

Weekends and evenings available by appointment, please call to have one made.

Research Library

Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

One valuable source is the free online database, www.DalbyData.com. Check it out!

Also, check out our search tips page to help you search the Dalby Database.

Research Fees:
Onsite Research: $10.00/hour for non-members, free for members
Email/Mail Research: $20.00/hour – plus shipping and handling. It is your call how deep you want us to dig! The research can be as cursory or as in depth as you request.

Photocopying: $.30/page (8.5 x 11) $.60/page (8.5×14 or 11×17)

Research Room User Policies:

  • Pencils only
  • No digital cameras or scanners allowed
  • All researchers must work with staff (no browsing)
  • Photocopying is possible if the original is stable
  • Please use the white gloves available while handling photographs
  • Please allow staff to re-file the materials
  • No food or drink

Resources Available

Cemetery Directories, Polk Directories, Lygin Photos, Madow Index/Family Histories, Plat Books, Phone Books, Obituaries, Photograph Files, Research Files, Research Response Index, Sanborn Maps, Scrapbook Files, WW1, Annuals, Books on County History, Subject Specific ArchivesOnline Rice County Oral HistoriesFCTV Feature Stories

Rice County Cemetery Directories

Polk Directories:
1880, 1888, 1889, 1893, 1895, 1899, 1903, 1907, 1909, 1911/12, 1913/14, 1915/16, 1918, 1921, 1926, 1929, 1936/37, 1939/40, 1945, 1948, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972 to 1977, 1979, 1980 to 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993

Lygin Photos

Madow Index/Family Histories (more than 135 histories)

Plat Books:
1850s-1860s, 1878, 1900, 1915, 1928, 1938, 1947,1949, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1964, 1971, 1976, 1980/81, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992

Phone Books:
Faribault: 1920 to 1946, 1948 to 1953, 1955 to 1961, 1969 to 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1994

  • Faribault/Morristown/Waseca: 1979, 1980
  • Faribault/Northfield/Owatonna/ Waseca: 1962, 1963, 1965 to 1975, 1977 to 1984, 1986 to 1990, 1992 to 1998, 2002, 2003
  • Faribault/Northfield/Redwing: 1997, 1998, 2003
  • Minnesota Valley Regional: 1982
  • Northfield: 1933 to 19637, 1939, 1944
  • Rice County MN Rural Resident Directory: 1980, 1981
  • Waterville, Elysian, Janesville, Kilkenney, Le Center, Montgomery, MN: 1979

Obituaries (1936 to present – part of the scrapbook files)

 Photograph Files (Various topics)

 Research Files (Variety of topics)

 Research Response Index

 Sanborn Maps of the City of Faribault:
 October 1884, May 1893, July 1899, February 1905, February 1909, February 1921, February 1930

 Scrapbook Files

 WW1 Records

 Annuals (various publications of County High Schools):
Bethlehem Academy
The Veritas of 1951, 1951
Faribault Junior High School
FJHS, 1982, 1983, 1985 to 1987
Faribault High School
The F, 1913
The Athenian, 1923
Who’s Who in 1924, 1924
The Green and White Review, 1925
The Athenian, 1927
The Half Century Book: 1879 to 1929, 1929
Memories, 1929
Pieces of Eight, 1930
The F-An, 1934
Shadows, 1935
Voyageur, 1936 to 1943, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1963 to 1971, 1974 to 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988
Morristown
The Comet, 1947/48
The Highlight 1954
Mohiscan, 1955 to 1959
St. Olaf College
The Viking, 1913/14/15, 1931
Shattuck, St. Mary’s, St. James
Shattuck:
Shattuck Year Book, 1906
Shattuck School, 1911/1912
Shattuck, 1916/17
The Shad, 1924 to 1971
St. James School:
Knight, 1969 to 1971
St. Mary’s School:
Fleur De Leis
1918, 1923 to 1933, 1936, 1943 to 1946, 1956 to 1971
Shattuck, St. Mary’s, St. James
The Joint, (the first year book for the three schools, combined) 1972
St, James School, St. Mary’s Hall, Shattuck School, 1973 to 1976
Sojourner: The Bishop Whipple Schools, 1977
Odyssey” (Shattuck, St. Mary’s, St. James) 1979 to 1982
Shattuck – St. Mary’s School: 1983, 1984, 1987-1991, 1993-2000

 Books on County History:
 Rice County Families
1882 History of Rice County
1910 History of Rice and Steele Counties
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Subject Specific Archives:
 Faribault Traveler’s Club
Grace McKinstry