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Minnesota Legal History

Digitized historical documents from Minnesota's history.

Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Reflections LogoThe Minnesota State Law Library has been in operation since 1849, so we own many historical documents. These documents are often old and fragile and not available for public use. To make them more accessible, the Library has begun digitizing some of our most precious documents so they can be used without the danger of damaging the original. The documents that have been digitized so far are available through Minnesota Reflections.

A few of our digitized resources

Historical resources from libraries around the country

All Minnesota Reflections content is also available through the Digital Public Library of America, an amazing resource bringing together digital repositories from all across the country.  See the video below for more information on the DPLA.


In our positions as librarians, not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file) or legal opinions (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts). To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law. Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, more research is often required to find a complete and correct answer. For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.