Libraries (Winona County)

Polish Cultural Institute of Winona

102 Liberty St.
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 454-3431

Winona Public Library

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1247
Location: 151 West 5th St.
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (507) 452-4860
Web Address:
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. (Sept-May), 9:00am-Noon (Jun-Aug)

Resources Available:

Cemetery Indexes

The Resting Places of Winona County, Minnesota (7 vols.) published by the Winona County Genealogy Roundtable (1992?)


Federal (Winona County only): 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (special census of Union veterans & widows, only covers Blue Earth—Yellow Medicine, Minnesota), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930

State (Winona County only): 1857, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905

City & County Directories

Winona city directories, 1875-present (incomplete)

County Histories & Biographical Sketches

History of Winona County (1913)
Winona and its Environs... (1897)
History of Winona County (1883)

Newspapers published in Winona County

Winona: Winona Daily News (1954-present)

Winona Republican Herald (1860-1954)

Newspaper Indexes

An online index to the Winona Newspaper project is available from the Winona State University at which covers the late 19th and early 20th century Winona papers through 1960.

The Winona Public Library has a card index to the newspaper (which includes obituaries) which starts in the 1960s, then continues on computer disc.; deaths Recorded in Winona City and County, Minnesota, Directories, 1906-1930; index to Births, Deaths & Marriages Reported in the Winona Daily Republican-Herald, 1859-1901; clipping files on popular historical subjects, e.g. Wilkie Steamboat, Princess Winona, Sugar Loaf, etc.

Plat maps and books

Winona County: 1867, 1894, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1982, 1988


Winona: Winona High School Alumni Directory, 1993

Winona State University Historic Newspaper Archives