Willson-Wicklund Research Center and Archives


The Research Center consists of the Willson Library, named for longtime secretary of the Olmsted County Historical Society Grace Nye Willson, and the Otis N. Wicklund Archives. Visitors can join us in the library to do research, where we keep readily available resources from the collection. The archives store the documentary treasures of Olmsted County in a climate controlled room adjacent to the library. Researchers are welcome to request access to these resources!

You can find our online indexes and finding aids for the archives on our Resources page.

Hours and Admission

The following schedule applies to the History Center Museum, Gift Shop, and Research Center:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Admission includes both the Research Center and the Museum Gallery.

Adults (12 & up) - $5.00
Children (2 - 12) - $2.00
Children under 2 and Members – FREE!

Additional charges may apply (see below).

5a1.-Research-Center-Entrance.JPGAdditional Fees

Due to the cost of making these resources available to the public, we charge for making copies. 

Copy Charges

$0.20 – 8 ½ x 11”
$0.25 – 8 ½ x 14”
$0.50 – 11 x 17” and Microfilm

Digital Copies

$1.00 – Personal Scanner or Camera Use per image
$5.00 – Low-quality scan
$10.00 – Medium-quality scan
$20.00 – High-quality scan
$20.00 – Digitized audio/video file

Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Large documents may require off-site processing and will take more time to complete. Digitized material from the HCOC Archives is scanned and copied to patron's flash drive, DVD, or sent electronically.

Note: These are reproduction fees and do not grant permission to publish. For copyright and publication information, refer to our Copyright & Use Policy.

Research Requests

All research requests must be submitted by email to archivist@olmstedhistory.com or in writing to:

Research Center and Archives
1195 West Circle Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Please include your name, address, email or phone number, and the following information:

  • Name or Subject
  • Type of Record
  • Source
  • Misc. Info (Examples of helpful information include relevant dates or locations)

Research Charges

$3.00 each – individual records (cemetery, newspaper, books, scrapbooks, etc)
$5.00 each – probate or guardianship records and vital/funeral home records
+$0.25 each – probate or guardianship copies
$20.00/hr. (plus copies, postage, and handling) – research is done by History Center staff

There is a $10.00 minimum charge for all research orders. A flat $5.00 handling fee is applied to all orders. Orders may be able to be e-mailed to you upon request however, the handling fee still applies to electronic orders. Research requests may take up to three weeks.

Copyright & Use Policy

For copyright and publication information, please check out our Copyright & Use policy.


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