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Owatonna State Public School Records Request

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The State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society Library preserves historical state and local government records, including records from the state orphanage. The Owatonna State Public School was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1885 as a public institution for dependent and neglected children between the ages of 3 and 14 (Laws 1885 c146). The primary record series for this institution is the case files.

Research Prices

  • $40.00 per request (for MN residents)
  • $50.00 per request (for non MN residents)
  • Pre-payment is required.

Owatonna State Public SchoolRecord Research (usually ships in 30 business days)

The State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society Library preserves historical state and local government records, including records from the state orphanage. The Owatonna State Public School was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1885 as a public institution for dependent and neglected children between the ages of 3 and 14 (Laws 1885 c146). The primary record series for this institution is the case files. A case file was maintained on each child committed to the jurisdiction of the Owatonna State Public School. The case file for an individual may contain documents surrounding the admission of the child, including substantial data about his/her family history, reasons for placement, and medical conditions. It also may include records of the student's academic progress at the institution, contracts and agreements for the placing out of the individual with families, adoption papers, and data on medical services provided to the child. Photographs, letters to or from family members, baptismal certificates, and other records documenting the child's life at the facility also may be found. Follow-up reports from state investigation agents into the placement or adoptive families are frequently present. Some files contain correspondence from long after the child was discharged, either relating the child's future work and life or from family members searching for the whereabouts of the student. Death notices or certificates for children who died while under the facility's jurisdiction also may be found.

Important note: Many children who were placed in Owatonna were eventually legally adopted. In the state of Minnesota, adoption records are closed for 100 years from the date of adoption. Any Owatonna case file for a child that was adopted is also closed for 100 years from the date of adoption. Records for an individual who was adopted less than 100 years old may be viewed only with a court order from the judge of the district court in which the adoption occurred.

Restrictions for access

Case files older than 100 years from date of admission are not restricted.

Information about what types of records the Society holds for each institution listed above is available on the Owatonna State Public School web page.

Research Prices

  • Library staff will search for one name. Depending upon the age of the record, an application for permission to access a record may be required. Library staff will determine whether or not an application form is required when the research request is made.

$40.00 for MN residents
$50.00 for non-MN residents

Researchers who visit the Library may conduct research within this record group with any necessary assistance from Library staff, request records, flag documents within a record and request individual copies of these documents at a cost of .25 cents per page. This option is not available to off-site researchers.

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Admission Date
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Owatonna State Public School Records Request