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An addition was recently made to the records of Minneapolis rock music nightclub First Avenue and 7th Street Entry.

The club had its beginnings as The Depot, a rock music bar established in 1968 in a vacant Greyhound bus depot located at the corner of Seventh Street and First Avenue North at the edge of the warehouse district in downtown Minneapolis.

A few years later it became Uncle Sam's, a disco club, and in 1980 First Avenue and 7th Street Entry. First Avenue housed the main stage and 7th Street Entry, a former restaurant area in the old bus station, housed a smaller stage dominated by local alternative and indie rock acts. Since 1980 the two stages have hosted hundreds of rock, R&B, funk, alt-country, blues, and worldbeat acts from around the world.

The club has served as a professional stage for developing local acts, including Prince, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks, and many others, who went on to achieve national and international fame.

The collection consists primarily of files relating to the many bands that have played at the venue from 1981 to 2004, from U2, Wynton Marsalis, and Duran Duran to the Dillinger Four, Sean Na Na, and Har Mar Superstar.


Dave Davies Band Poster

It also includes tickets, passes, performance flyers, and publicity photographs of bands.

Come trip down memory lane at the Minnesota Historical Society with the records of First Avenue and 7th Street Entry.



New and Updated Finding Aids - April 2015

Name/Abstract File No.
Adjutant General: An Inventory of Its Armory Records gr00915
Specifications, blueprints and drawings, correspondence, and background information on construction of and/or alterations to the armories in Aitkin, Albert Lea, Benson, Brainerd, Dawson, Duluth, Eveleth, Jackson, Milaca, Minneapolis, Montevideo, Moorhead, Redwood Falls, Tracy, Virginia, White Bear Lake, Windom, Worthington, and Zumbrota.
Adjutant General: An Inventory of Its Pension Registers and Indexes gr00914
Registers of pension claims filed by veterans of military service, or their dependents, who resided in Minnesota at the time the claim was made. The entries are mainly for veterans of the Mexican War (1848), the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War; however, some claims from World Wars I and II are also included.
Anoka County, Minnesota : An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00098
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Anoka County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
Big Stone County: Assessor: An Inventory of Its Assessment Rolls gr00913
Assessment rolls for the civil subdivisions of Big Stone County for the years 1930-1931, 1940-1941, 1950, 1960-1961, 1970-1971, 1980, and 1981-1982.
Big Stone County: Auditor: An Inventory of Its Tax Lists gr00562
Tax lists for the civil subdivisions of Big Stone County, recording the taxes paid on real and personal property for the years 1875-1901 and subsequent sample years 1910-1911, 1920-1921, 1931, 1941, 1950-1951, 1960-1961, 1970, 1980-1981, and 1990. There is also one 1991 list for Otrey Township.
Cameo Social Club: An Inventory of Its Records 01143
Minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, and other memorabilia of an African American social club formed in 1925. Much of the material documents parties and other special events held by the club, especially the annual Cotillion Ball, where the club presented debutantes during the 1950s and 1960s.
Dakota County, Minnesota: An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00100
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Dakota County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
ELIZABETH WALLACE: An Inventory of Her Papers 00818
Volume 10. Bermuda Journal, 1908Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, journals, manuscripts, lecture notes, and published works of Wallace, the first woman to become a full professor (of French literature) at the University of Chicago (1923). Her fields of study included Latin American literature, history, and institutions, as well as French and Spanish literature.
Environmental Quality Board: An Inventory of Its Environmental Review Program Correspondence gr00912
Nonproject correspondence (called early warnings file) containing letters, memos, blueprints, telephone logs, and similar materials relating to projected development projects that the board may have wished to monitor in the future.
FIRST AVENUE & 7TH STREET ENTRY: An Inventory of Its Band Files 00233
Band files for First Avenue, a rock and alternative rock music venue in downtown Minneapolis. The files contain some correspondence with bands and/or agents, contracts, attendance and "take" or "numbers" sheets (financial breakdowns), photographs of performers and other promotional materials, tickets, post-performance reviews, and other miscellany.
Frederick P. Leavenworth: An Inventory of His Papers 01205
Red River cart drawing, undatedCorrespondence (1856-1862), financial papers, two diaries (1855-1860), survey notes (1858-1860), account books (1856-1858, 1867-1870), maps, a brief Dakota-English vocabulary book, and other miscellany of Leavenworth, a surveyor and civil engineer. They pertain largely to his years in Minnesota (1856-1860) surveying and mapping areas in Le Sueur County and in the upper Minnesota River Valley.
Gary Moss: An Inventory of His Vietnam War Photograph Collection sv000173
Portrait of Gary Moss in VietnamVietnam War photographs by United States Marine Corps Combat Photographer Gary Moss taken between 1969 and 1970. Includes views of marines and combat artists in combat and on base, fighter and other military aircraft, funeral and religious services, images of Vietnamese people and sketches and other artwork by Gary Moss.

Includes digital content.
Hennepin County, Minnesota : An Inventory of Telephone Directories . lb00086
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
Highway Department: An Inventory of Its Newspaper Clippings gr00910
Clippings documenting departmental activities throughout the state.
Legislative Auditor: Financial Audits Division: An Inventory of Its Audit Reports gr00705
Audit reports conducted annually by the Financial Audit Division to assess the state's major financial operations and determine whether the state's financial statements comply with generally accepted accounting principles.
Legislative Auditor: Program Evaluation Division: An Inventory of Its Program Evaluation Reports gr00239
Published reports that describe state programs or the operations of state agencies, analyze management problems, evaluate outcomes, and recommend alternative means of reaching program goals.
Lewis A. Grant: An Inventory of His Family Papers 01202
Lewis A. GrantPapers and accounts of this investor in real estate in Minneapolis and Dakota Territory and in other ventures, who was also a stockholder in the Minneapolis Industrial Exposition and the Masonic Temple Association of Minneapolis in 1886.
MINNESOTA HISTORIC PROPERTY RECORD: An Inventory of Its Program Files 00926
Files of the Minnesota Historic Property Record, a program administered jointly by the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to document certain historically-significant properties prior to their demolition or alteration.
Public Safety Commission: An Inventory of Its Gold Star Roll gr00942
Mainly four-page forms compiled by the Public Safety Commission cooperating with the War Records Commission, giving biographical information and military service records for men and women who died in the war. Clippings, photographs, and sometimes letters accompany many of the forms.
Ramsey County, Minnesota : An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00108
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Ramsey County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
RAMSEY COUNTY: ST. PAUL: SCHOOL RECORDS: CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL: An Inventory of Its Central Hish School Records gr00134
Records, including historical data, programs, invitations, and handbooks, pupil lists, subject files, scrapbooks and photographs, documenting a wide variety of school activities and events, and correspondence and newspaper clippings about former pupil Amelia Earhart.
Revenue Department: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports gr00783
Reports, newsletters, and miscellaneous print and near-print items of or about the Revenue Department.
Revenue Department: Assistant Commissioner's Office: An Inventory of Its Correspondence gr00784
Correspondence and related papers kept by assistant or deputy commissioners/directors Dennis Erno, Paul M. Krenik, Jr., Dennis M. Louis, Louis Plutzer, Donald R. Rose, Don Trimble, Robert Turnquist, Dwight Lahti, and Jennifer Engh, relating to the various interests and operations of the Revenue Department.
Revenue Department: Commissioner's Office An Inventory of Its Governor's Office Correspondence Files gr00361
Memos to and from the governor and lieutenant governor concerning department activities and operations and constituent correspondence. The latter were either drafted in response to a request from the governor or for the governor's signature.
Revenue Department: Commissioner's Office: An Inventory of Its Salomone (Daniel) Files gr00781
Correspondence and subject files documenting the daily administration of the Revenue Department during Salomone's years as commissioner. Topics covered include relations with other state agencies, legislation, budget, and taxation.
Revenue Department: Commissioner's Office: An Inventory of Its Subject Files gr00785
Subject files documenting the administration and operation of the commissioner's office, particularly its relationship with other state agencies and departments, with numerous state legislators, and with the department's divisions of appeals and legal services, management services, local government aids and analysis, local government services, petroleum, property tax, quality assurance, and research.
Theophilus L. Haecker: An Inventory of His Papers 01203
Professor T. L. HaeckerCorrespondence dealing mainly with Haecker's work as head of the division of animal husbandry in the College of Agriculture, University of Minnesota. There are letters from Coates P. Bull, Frank A. Day, William A. Henry, William D. Hoard, Cyrus Northrop, and Albert F. Woods; news clippings with biographical information and accounts of Haecker's work; copies of speeches and articles on cattle feeding and on agricultural cooperation; data on cooperative creameries in Minnesota; notebooks kept by Haecker when he edited a newspaper at Ackley, Iowa (1873); and notebooks kept on experiments at the College of Agriculture.
Transportation Department: An Inventory of Its Newspaper Clippings gr00911
Clippings documenting departmental activities throughout the state. The 1976 clippings are presumed destroyed and the location of the 1978 clippings is unknown.
Washington County, Minnesota: An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00113
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Washington County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
WOUNDED KNEE LEGAL DEFENSE/OFFENSE COMMITTEE: An Inventory of Its Records 00229
Records documenting the history, internal operation, and legal practice of a committee established by lawyers, legal workers, and others dedicated to the defense of activists involved in the American Indian protest movement of the 1970s.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Chapedelaine, Hiacinthe, active 1811. Voyageur's contract with McTavish, McGillivrays and Co., 1811 December 12 .
Contract in French between Chapedelaine and the firm of McTavish, McGillivrays and Co., a part of the North West Company, to serve as a middle oarsman on a canoe voyage to Michilimackinac, Fort William, and the Rainy River country.
Richard Hall and family papers, 1822-1907.
Hall's correspondence (1822-1907), diaries (1856-1872), sermons (1850-1871) and an account book (1837-1850) documenting his education at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and Union Theological Seminary, New York City (1844-1848); his work as a Congregational minister at Point Douglas in Washington County, Minnesota (1851-1859) and in St. Paul (1859-1873); and his travels throughout Minnesota as state superintendent of the American Home Missionary Society (1856-1874). Three American Home Missionary Society record books (1859-1874) contain copies of Hall's correspondence and financial data. There is also genealogical data on the Hall family, and a diary of Hall's father, Richard, Sr. (1822-1823), describing a trip from New Hampshire to New Orleans.
John Newton Henry and family papers, 1829-1939.
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers of the Henry family of Champlin, Minnesota and miscellaneous papers of Ulysses Grant Herrick of Minneapolis. Included are Henry's diary (1863) and letters (1861-1865) documenting his Civil War life with the 49th New York Volunteer Infantry; a few letters (1847-1860) mentioning the Methodist church in Pennsylvania and frontier conditions in Iowa; letters (1872-1881) describing his family's life at Vernon Center (Blue Earth County, Minn.); genealogical and reminiscent data on the Henry and Herrick families; and family memorabilia.
George B. Hunt and family papers, 1710-1902.
Deeds executed in Suffolk County, Massachusetts (1710-1733); notices of tax collections sent to Stephen Crane as constable (1722); account books kept by George B. Hunt as a blacksmith in Canton, Massachusetts (1823-1863), and a letter by him referring to economic conditions; correspondence of his daughter Fidelia Hunt Thayer, who settled in Winona, Minnesota, and members of her family (1850-1859); a certificate of membership in "Red River Colony" issued to his son Oliver W. Hunt (1872); and a diary (1899-1900) of service with the Forty-fifth United States Infantry in the Philippines, kept by Edward D. Barry.
Jackson, Rosella. Rosella Renz Jackson Papers, 1922-1960.
Chronologically-ordered files containing correspondence, programs, and clippings of Rosella Renz Jackson (Mrs. Carroll Jackson) of Saint Paul, an employee of the Great Northern Railway Company and a vocalist at numerous company-sponsored events.
Stiles P. Jones and family papers, 1848-1918.
Correspondence, news clippings, minutes, bills, and miscellaneous materials of Jones as a Minneapolis and St. Paul (Minn.) journalist and as secretary (1903-1914) of the Voters' League, Minneapolis. The papers contain information on public utility regulation; the Minneapolis Gas Light Company; Minnesota politics and elections; and the work (1915-1917) of the Central Franchise Committee, a citizens' group formed to monitor franchise negotiations between the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Street Railway Company. The committee's constitution and minutes are included. Correspondents include James Manahan, James J. Hill, William Howard Taft, Frank M. Nolan, Adolph O. Eberhart, Knute Nelson, James A. Tawney, Robert M. La Follette, George E. Vincent, Franklin K. Lane, George Loftus, and John Lind. Also present are a few memorabilia (1848-1862) of his father, also named Stiles P., including correspondence with Joshua Reed Giddings and James H. Baker concerning national and Minnesota politics, and a volume containing memorial proceedings in the Minnesota legislature (1862).
Louis E. Larson and family papers, 1857-1916.
Correspondence and printed materials collected by Louis E. Larson and family of Winona, Minnesota. The correspondence primarily relates to Minnesota and national politics, particularly election campaigns, political appointments, and the Republican Party. Other topics discussed are the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the movement for African American suffrage (1869), and an epidemic in Chicago (1866). Correspondents include such Minnesota and national political figures as: Tams Bixby, Alexander Bull, Joseph Gurney Cannon, Cushman Kellogg Davis, William Watts Folwell, John Hay, Andrew Ryan McGill, William Rainey Marshall, William Rush Merriam, Stephen Miller, Knute Nelson, John Sargent Pillsbury, Alexander Ramsey, Theodore Roosevelt, James Albertus Tawney, Samuel Rinnah Van Sant, Gideon Welles, and William Windom. The printed items include theater programs, invitations, price lists, and similar materials. Included are programs of the Winona Opera House (1892-1910), a program of the Winona Fair and State Exposition (1890), and a Ringling Brothers circus program (1916).
William H. Leonard and family papers, 1843-1955.
Medical notes and records and related miscellany of William H. Leonard and his son William E., both Minneapolis physicians; William H.'s attendance cards from medical institutions, appointments, medical license, and certificates; family genealogical data, memorabilia, and correspondence (1856-1910); and Civil War reports of sick and wounded, 8th Wisconsin Regiment (1865). Also included are certificates, correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Dexter M. Leonard, the father of William H.; articles of incorporation of the Minneapolis General Hospital (1900); news clippings (1903-1935) concerning the career of William H. and death of William E.; information about the Penniman Homeopathic Hospital of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Homeopathic Medical College; and volumes containing medical notes (undated, 1850-1851, 1879-1895), an obstetrical record (1855-1903), and meteorological records for Minnesota and Massachusetts (1872-1874).
Revenue Department. Commissioner's Office. Einess (Ward) correspondence, 2007.
Correspondence documenting the daily administration of the Revenue Department during Einess’ years as commissioner.
St. Louis County. Probate Court. Marriage license index, 1899-1977.
A compilation of marriage license indexes held by the court.
State Historical Society of North Dakota (Bismarck, North Dakota). Historical data project (Rolette County) biography files - French Indians, 1936-1940 [microform].
One reel of microfilm containing personal reminiscences and questionnaires completed by American Indians (primarily Metis/French Indians) and survey workers. Most of the information pertains to settlers in Rolette County, North Dakota.
Acquard, Nicholas J. E., photographer. Third Avenue Bridge construction photograph collection.
Photographs from an unbound photograph album detailing the construction of the Third Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis collected and possibly taken by bridge worker Nicholas J.E. Acquard.
Twin Cities Draft Information Center records, undated, 1965-1970.
Articles and handbills written, collected, reprinted, and distributed by the Twin Cities Draft Information Center (TCDIC), an organization dedicated to draft resistance and conscientious objection to the Vietnam War. Also included are an anthology of writings from conscientious objectors already in prison published by CADRE, a Chicago anti-war group; handbills on the Beaver 55, the group claiming responsibility for the destruction of draft records in Ramsey and Hennepin County in the spring of 1970; materials relating to the student strike at the University of Minnesota in May 1970; materials from the Honeywell Project, an organization dedicated to changing the Honeywell Corporation's production of war materials, especially fragmentation bombs, into more peaceful ends through public pressure and protest; Teachers Committee for Peace in Vietnam fliers; Minnesota New Democratic Coalition fliers; and other miscellaneous papers concerning the Vietnam War.
West Publishing Company. West Publishing Company photograph collection.
Photographs documenting the history of West Publishing Company in St. Paul. Views document people at work including some group portraits, exterior views of West Publishing's locations in St. Paul and Eagan including images of remodeling and construction, flooding along the Mississippi River in 1952, and two group portraits of the West Publishing Company Employees Club posing in their Winter Carnival attire.
Woman's travel diary, June 26, 1858-July 1, 1858.
Unbound diary of an unknown Vermont woman describing a trip via stagecoach and train from Northfield, Minnesota, through Minneapolis, Saint Anthony, Saint Paul, Fort Snelling, and Hastings; a stop at Minnehaha Falls; Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; Chicago; and on to Rutland, Vermont. Includes a partial typed transcript of the diary.

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