Archives & Library

The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum has an extensive collection of archival and library materials pertaining to life in Morrison County and genealogy. The archival collection started with the gathering of Works Progress Administration (WPA) biographies in 1936. These biographies were taken from families who had a long history in the area and are the basis for our Family Files.

The Family Files are filed alphabetically by the last names of people who have a connection to Morrison County. A variety of information is contained in the files. They may include family sheets, obituaries, funeral cards, marriage announcements, copies of legal certificates, family stories, copies of photos, pedigree charts and various other items. Families with the same last names may or may not be related to each other, but those sharing a last name are all filed together. We leave it to researchers to sort out the family connections (but please don’t resort our files!). Information from researchers may be added to the Family Files, which is how our files grow. If you would like to add something to our files, please let us know.

Note: MCHS does NOT have a file for every family that has ever lived in Morrison County.

Do not despair if your family is not listed in the Family Files index. If you provide us with information, we will create a Family File for your family.

In addition to the Family Files, the Historical Society has a number of other resources for researchers. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Family History Books
  • Little Falls City & Morrison County Directories and Phone Books
  • Plat Books and Area Maps
  • Local Newspapers
  • Government Information
  • District Court and Probate Documents
  • Business Documents
  • Church Histories
  • Cemetery Maps, Indexes and Records
  • School Yearbooks
  • Photographs
  • History Books of the State and County
  • Morrison County State and Federal Census (1850, 1865, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910, 1920, 1930)
  • Obituary Indexes: Pierz Journal is complete, Morrison County Record is ongoing, Little Falls Daily Transcript and Royalton Banner are partially complete
  • French-Canadian Genealogical Collections

For information on conducting research at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, see Research.

5 Comments

  1. Looking for information on Frank “Franz” Kalis, dod 3/19/19. Actually trying to find his parents names, if they were on his death certificate, etc. Can you be of help on this?

    • Cheryl – Frank’s father is listed as Thomas Kalis on several documents in our collection. There was no reference to the name of his mother. If you are interested in a death certificate, you could check with the Morrison County Recorder’s Office. Let us know if we can be of further help!
      Ann Marie Johnson
      Curator of Collections

  2. Hi Ann,
    I will stop in tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19th, instead of November 20, for research on the men who died in WWII from Little Minnesota. We are on the wait list for tomorrow night for the Jungle Theater’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy.” See you tomorrow! Thanks for your help.
    Best,
    Jill Johnson
    Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around 100

  3. I am looking for the obituary of Richard Kay, bd 15Sept1830, dd 15May1930. As I live in Denver, I’m not able to access your history center very easily and would appreciate your help accessing it. He is buried in the Oakland cemetery in Little Falls. One day I hope to find my way to your center to search for further information regarding him.

    Regards,
    Harriette

    • Harriette, We would be happy to look for an obituary for you for Richard Kay. Just send us an email (contactstaff@morrisoncountyhistory.org) or give us a call (320/632-4007). Thanks! Ann Marie

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