Welcome to the Northfield–Rice County Digital History Collection

The Northfield–Rice County Digital History Collection (DHC) preserves and makes accessible digital versions of records of the history of Northfield and the wider Rice County, Minn., area.

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The DHC was established in 2007 as a forum for local libraries, archives, museums, and others to collaborate in identifying, describing, digitizing, and making accessible materials related to the history of Northfield, and expanded to encompass all of Rice County in 2019. We share metadata standards, a technical platform, a web-based portal, and, most importantly, a commitment to work toward providing comprehensive access to the records of local history.

Our initial foci included in this portal related to two themes: Education in Northfield and the James-Younger Gang Bank Raid, but we have since broadened our collection to include general topics in regional history (see list below). We hope you find useful the manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, and books in this growing collection.

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This website is funded in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.