Archives Collection

The two dimensional artifacts in BECHS's permanent collection consist of over 31,000 objects.  Most of the objects in our collection are  donated by individuals and families, people who want to make sure  Blue Earth County's story, and their own, are never forgotten. Your grandfather's World War II letters and your aunt's graduation photo can be as important as a rare piece of 19th century furniture. Anything  that can help BECHS preserve the memories and experiences of Blue Earth County's diverse people is valuable. Please contact the Archives Manager if you think that you would like to make a donation of a family treasure.     

Every object has a story…


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Objects in the permanent collection include:

  • Family letters
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Scrapbooks
  • Documentary Mementos
  • Recorded or written oral history interviews or memoirs
  • Legal Records, such as wills
  • Photographs and photo albums
  • Ledgers or record books
  • Financial records, such as receipts
  • Ephemera, such as flyers, calendars, schedules, posters, menus and business cards
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Reminiscences or memories
  • Organizational Records: Charters, membership list, minutes, yearbooks and programs
  • Religious materials: programs, record books, bulletins and hymn books

Access to the Collection

BECHS Archives and photograph collections do not require an appointment for use.  For the long-term preservation of the documents, the Blue Earth County Historical Society reserves the right to restrict access to original materials and to use reproductions in the Research Center.  For more assistance, please contact