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Andrea Hunter Halgrimson, Published September 25 2011

Halgrimson: Centers help track down Clay County history

Last week we looked at some of the places in Cass County where people can access historical records, documents and articles.

This week, we complete the column by looking at the same sources of history in Clay County. Here’s the list:

Historical and Cultural Center Society of Clay County

Location: Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead

Mailing address: PO Box 501, Moorhead, MN 56561

Admission: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under; HCSCC Members free; free admission every third Tuesday in the month from 5 to 8 p.m.


Main: (218) 299-5511

Fax: (218) 299-5510

Admission Desk: (218) 299-5511, ext. 6730

Archivist email: mark.peihl@ci.moorhead.mn.us

Website: www.hcscconline.org/index.html

Museum hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Research library hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays.

Society collections include clothing, furniture and housekeeping tools and photos and documents about the history of Clay County. The society maintains a museum and research archives containing community histories, letters, diaries, tax records, business records, newspaper microfilm and clipping files. For genealogical study, the society has census, naturalization, death and marriage records and family histories.

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center

Location: Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave. S., Moorhead, Livingston Lord Library, Room 409.

Phone: (218) 477-2346

Email: archives@mnstate.edu

Website: www.mnstate.edu/archives

Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, and at other times

by appointment.

The university archives consist of the records of all aspects of the university as well as thousands of photographs. Other Historical Center collections include manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, local and county newspapers, business records, maps and photographs, and documents on agriculture, education, politics, women’s organizations and Red River Valley floods.

Genealogy materials are not actively collected. Specific items from the collections, including documents, photographs, and tapes, may be copied for researchers if the donors’ restrictions and the condition of the material permit this to be done. The center charges only for the costs of copying, plus mailing costs. Contact the Center for further details.

Concordia College Archives

Location: Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, 920 S. 8th St., Moorhead

Phone: (218) 299-3241

Email: archives@cord.edu

Website: www.cord.edu/Academics/Library/archives1.php

Hours: Academic year – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Fees: Photocopying, 10 cents per page; scanning, 10 cents per scan; CD/DVD reproduction, $5 per disc; usage fee, $20 per image (for commercial use of archival collections); CD/DVD reproduction, $5 per disc; postage, $3.

Research fees: $5 flat fee for the first hour and $25 per hour thereafter. This fee is only assessed when archival staff is conducting research for users that assumes more than a certain amount of time.

The archives contain records on the history and administration of Concordia College, as well as the history of the Red River Valley and some genealogy materials pertaining to Concordia College alumni. There are also many books on the history, literature and culture of Norway – some in the Norwegian language.

Records in a variety of formats including photographs, artifacts, videocassettes and handwritten documents are in the collection. Also included are non-Concordia collections are Civil War letters and missionary papers.

Readers can reach Forum columnist Andrea Hunter Halgrimson at ahalgrimson@forumcomm.com.