The following is a partial listing of research materials available. We are currently in the process of transferring all of our holdings to this Web site. Please stay tuned for daily updates.

We hold newspapers published in the following Clay County cities for the years indicated:

Barnesville: 1980-present
Glyndon: 1872-1873, 1879-1929
Hawley: 1899-1912, 1917-present
Hitterdal: 1920-1926
Moorhead: 1872-1969
Ulen: 1898, 1916-present

Tax Records
Personal and Real Property Tax Assessment Rolls and Tax Lists. We have rolls and/or lists for the 1870s, 1905, 1925, 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965 and 1975. These lists contain all Personal and/or Real Property Taxpayer in the county for each year, the school district and township, village or city he or she lived in and the amount of tax paid.

Census Records
US census records for Clay County for 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920. We also hold copies of the 1890 Special Census of Civil War Veterans and widows, as well as Minnesota state census records for the Clay County for 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905.

Marriage Records
We hold indexes to marriages recorded in Clay County between 1872 and 1982. The marriages are indexed by the groom’s name and the bride’s. For copies of the records themselves, contact the Clay County Recorder.

Death Records
Transcriptions of death records filed in Clay County from 1872-1932 are available for $8.00 per record (more recent records will be available soon.) The Clay County Recorder’s Office has an online index to Clay County deaths. Check the online index for the date of death, book and page where the death is recorded, then contact HCSCC to order a transcription.

Naturalization Records
Citizenship papers filed in Clay County District Court, 1872-1954, indexed.

World War I Records
Clay County Draft Registration, 1917-1918
Clay County Alien Registration Forms, 1918

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Highly detailed street maps showing locations of homes and businesses of the following Clay County cities for the years indicated:

Barnesville: 1894, 1899, 1907, 1914, 1929
Glyndon: 1932
Hawley: 1924, 1933
Moorhead: 1884, 1890, 1896, 1899, 1906, 1914, 1922, 1929, 1956

Fargo-Moorhead City Directories

Fargo: 1881-present
Moorhead: 1884-present

We have the Moorhead sections of the 1885, 1891 and 1915 directories available online.

Plat Books
Platbooks showing property ownership in Clay County for the following years: 1898, 1901, 1909, 1916, 1920, 1925, 1933, 1939, 1946, 1951, 1957, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1976-1978, 1980, 1982-1985, 1990-1991, 1993-1997 and 2000. Many of these also include listings of all rural residents whether land owners or not. We have online the 1933 rural resident list, the 1933 Clay County village residents list and property ownership plat maps from the 1909 Standard Atlas of Clay County, the 1920 Ownership Map and Guide of Clay County, Minnesota, the 1899 Complete Atlas of Clay County, Minnesota and the 1916 Clay County Plat Book.

We have tens of thousands of photos in our collections. Most are indexed by names of the individuals, events or places depicted. Copies of nearly all can be provided. Contact the Archives for details. Our best collection is the Flaten/Wange Glass Plate Negative Collection, some 12,500 negatives taken by two Clay County photographers. O.E. Flaten worked in Moorhead between 1879 and 1929. We have about 800 images he took of street scenes, businesses and events in Moorhead. S.P. Wange worked in Hawley from 1893 to about 1939. About 1,500 of his images are scenes in and around Hawley. Most of the remaining 10,000 plus pictures are studio portraits of local residents. Most are identified and can be a gold mine foe genealogists with relatives from the eastern Clay County.

School Annuals
We have a small but growing collection of High School and College Annuals. Click here to view an updated listing as of January 6, 2006.