Iron Range Research Center

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Dig into the past with one of the largest collections of genealogical and local history research materials in the Upper Midwest.

There is no admission charge to visit the Iron Range Research Center. Access to certain archival collections does require assistance from the Archivist on staff, so please call ahead at 218-254-7959 or contact us by email to schedule an appointment. 


Due to the ongoing pandemic, IRRC is available by appointment only for in person.  You may call ahead of time to setup your appointment at 218-254-7959 or, if available, we can setup a walk-in appointment.  Access to the IRRC is still available online and orders will be processed as they come through.  

Iron Range Research Center Hours: 

Summer Hours: (Now in effect)

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm 

Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

Winter Hours: 

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

Upcoming Late Night in the Research Center Dates 2022: (Open until 8pm)


Thursday, August 25

Thursday, September 29

Thursday, October 27

IRRC Library

The library houses numerous published resources on:

Our staff specializes in assisting patrons with their genealogy/family history research.*  You may email them at or call them at 218-254-1222.

IRRC Archives

The archives consist mainly of unpublished documentary materials such as audiovisual collections, government records, manuscript collections, map collections, and photographic collections.

Persons interested in using the archives should schedule an appointment in advance with the Archivist at or 218-254-1229.

Iron Range Veterans Memorial Website

This website provides a searchable database of information about veterans from the Iron Range region.  Organized by Press-Lloyd Post #247 of the American Legion, the site is now managed in collabration with the Minnesota Discovery Center.

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*The Iron Range Research Center was named one of the Top 75 State Sites of 2016 by Family Tree Magazine, America's largest-circulation genealogy magazine.  Check out the article!