What's New -- April 2023

The Minnesota Historical Society received a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library & Information Resources in April 2022 that supports the preservation of rare and unique audiovisual media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. This $12,495 grant was provided for the Intermedia Arts of Minnesota Video Collection, and the material has now been digitized and preserved, with much of it available to be viewed through its online finding aid.

First known as University Community Video, Intermedia Arts was a nonprofit corporation under the University of Minnesota that provided equipment, training, and broadcasting opportunities for students interested in telecommunications and documentary video production. It later separated from the University and shifted its emphasis to support interdisciplinary and experimental video arts. It later changed its name to Intermedia Arts Minnesota in 1987.

The Intermedia Arts collection highlights early documentary/guerilla television in the 1970s and 80s. Its plethora of topics include community involvement, race and racism, urban and rural issues, Minneapolis neighborhood issues, agriculture, musical and dance performances, poetry, women's issues, sports, disabled persons, politics and government, education, energy, drug use and education, labor, housing, civil rights, and journalism.


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Included in the collection is "Changing Channels," a weekly documentary series produced by UCV for public television with content from statewide organizations. This provided Twin Cities and statewide audiences with access to view community interests and stories outside mainstream broadcast channels. Additionally, this content showcases Native Americans in Minnesota and the Dakotas, with themes such as maintaining indigenous cultural identity, celebrating traditional art forms, and the struggles experienced by Native Americans in urban environments.

Donated to the Minnesota Historical Society from the organization in 1996, the early component of the collection contains 127 1/2-inch open tape video reels and 86 U-Matic videocassettes. This type of magnetic media is in high danger of degradation, and previous back-ups existed solely on also-unreliable VHS. Reel-to-reel video players are now quite difficult to come by, putting in-house digitization at the History Center out of the question, so the Recordings at Risk grant was used to ship this material to The MediaPreserve in Pennsylvania for digitization. Creators of the content were also located and contacted for permission to make their work available online. Material that was unable to receive permission can still be accessed upon request for use in the Gale Family Library reading room at the Minnesota History Center.


New and Updated Finding Aids - April 2023

Name/Abstract File No.
Adjutant General: Tuition Department: An Inventory of Its Administrative Records gr02402
Circular and form letters distributed by the department to the various schools (1919-1924), reports, brochures, and related papers (1919-1924), monthly balance sheets (June-July, October 1920 - September 1924), and a receipt and disbursement register (October 1919 - June 1922, May 1923 - September 1924). The latter covers all departmental administrative costs, including salaries, and tuition payments.
Ah-Gwah-Ching Sanatorium (Minnesota State Sanatorium): An Inventory of Its Patient Index Cards gr02410
Patient information cards (5" x 8") giving name, address, sex, date of birth, admission and discharge dates, discharge condition, and other information.
Ah-Gwah-Ching Sanatorium (Minnesota State Sanatorium): An Inventory of Its Patient Registers gr02409
Patient registers (1907-1961), include patient number, admission data, examined by, name and address, county, sex, age, marital status, religion, occupation and place of business, maintained by (county or USIS), dependent, family physician, date of discharge, payment, and data on relatives or friends. The volume for August 1921 - July 1925 is missing.
Ah-Gwah-Ching Sanatorium (Minnesota State Sanatorium): An Inventory of Its Steward's Files gr02407
Correspondence and related materials kept by the steward, documenting all aspects of the daily operation of the sanatorium, including administration, housekeeping, laundry, greenhouse, dietary, farm operation and produce sales, maintenance and repairs, grounds, medical and occupational therapy, personnel and salaries/wages, store, equipment, engineering, budget, school, and library.
Ah-Gwah-Ching Sanatorium (Minnesota State Sanatorium): An Inventory of Its Superintendent's Files gr02408
Correspondence and related materials concerning all aspects of the operation of the sanatorium, including financial affairs, building construction and building and grounds improvement and upkeep, inspection reports, operation of the institution farm, wage schedules, and activities of the Advisory Commission of the State Sanatorium. Prior to 1922, the superintendent also served as steward, and there is considerable correspondence reflecting that activity.
Animal Health Board: An Inventory of Its Minutes gr00637
May 1, 1903-July 17, 1908Minutes documenting the activities of the board and its predecessors, the State Livestock Sanitary Board (1903-1964) and Livestock Sanitary Board (1964-1980).

Includes digital content.
Lance S. Belville: An Inventory of His Papers 01495
Lance BelvillePersonal papers of Lance Belville, journalist, playwright, and co-founder of the History Theatre in Saint Paul. The papers contain manuscript drafts of plays, book manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks kept by Belville on future projects, research files, business correspondence, and poetry files. Sound and visual materials include: audio recordings of interviews and correspondence Belville recorded when he worked as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; numerous audio and video recordings of plays, performances, press, and local media; and celebration of life video recordings.

Includes digital content.
Census Records: An Inventory of Its Houston County Census Schedules gr02437
Census schedules (incomplete) formerly held by the Houston County District Court. They consist of population schedules for 1870, 1871, and 1875; and nonpopulation schedules (mortality, agriculture, products of industry, and social statistics) for 1870. The population censuses for 1870 and 1871 may overlap (i.e. the same households were counted each year) but they are not duplicative. Records do not indicate the reason for the two censuses.
Conwed Corporation: An Inventory of Its Records 00477
Video iconRecords of a St. Paul-based manufacturer of commercial ceiling and interior products, building construction and remodeling products, insulation and padding materials, wooden office furniture, and other products. Includes records of predecessor Wood Conversion Company.

Includes digital content.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: An Inventory of Its Agendas and Minutes gr01222
Agendas, minutes (some ribbon copies, some photocopies), and related documents of meetings of the Council (1995-2015) and its predecessors, the Governor's Planning and Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities (1971-1976) and the Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities (1976-1995).
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: An Inventory of Its Olmstead Plan Records gr02021
Include the Olmstead Planning Committee agendas, meeting minutes and meeting files; the Governor's Olmstead Subcabinet meeting agendas, meeting minutes and meeting files; executive orders, Olmstead Plan drafts and public comments, annual and quarterly reports, work plans, surveys, reports to the court, and related records. Arranged in chronological order.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports gr00758
Publications either created or collected by the Council pertaining to all aspects of its duties and responsibilities. Included are incomplete runs of the council's news letter, news briefs, and futurity; annual, quarterly, and program performance reports; annual work plans; monthly activity reports; three-year and five-year state plans; the council's May 1976 philosophy and mission statement; and a variety of related manuals, instructor's guides, guidelines, analysis, and reports. The latter cover such diverse topics as facilitated communication, medical assistance, legislation, positive learning, school integration, Welsch v Noot, state hospitals, community involvement, early intervention, the state schools for the blind and deaf, quality indicators, individual plans, education and training opportunities, and technology.
Health Department: An Inventory of Its Files of Jerome W. Brower gr02434
Correspondence and assorted subject files of Jerome W. Brower, chief of the section of departmental administration of the Minnesota Department of Health from 1949 through 1960.
Health Department: Environmental Health Division: An Inventory of Its Director's Miscellaneous Files gr02435
The director's divisional files contain correspondence, memoranda, and reports from the section chiefs of the analytical services, environmental field services, health risk assessment, occupational health, radiation control, and water supply and general engineering sections.
Health Department: Public Health Education Section: An Inventory of Its Records gr02436
The records contain quarterly and annual reports of the director of public health education (1937-1944); department personnel biographies, including biographical sketches and newspaper clippings (approximately 1950-1970); and mimeographed news releases, circular memos and letters, reports, public service announcements, "Public Health Pulse" informational bulletins, and other items regarding public health education topics (1946-1976). The mimeograph materials are in numerical order by mimeograph stencil number; some items are missing.
Hennepin County: Medical Examiner: An Inventory of Its Coroner Record Books/Medical Examiner Reports gr02297
October 1906-May 1909Information includes date, name, cause of death, case number, place of death, residence, demographic information, place of burial, name of undertaker, and a note if an autopsy was accomplished or not. The volumes dated October 1906-December 1963 are indexed. The volumes dated January 1964-December 1989 are not indexed, and are entitled Medical Examiner Reports. In addition to the information above, the Medical Examiner Reports also include the name of the investigating agency and toxic findings; the place of burial is not included.

Includes digital content.
Highway Department: An Inventory of Its Circulars gr02429
Circular letters issued by the Highway Department office for distribution to departmental staff, out-state maintenance areas, engineering project personnel, and local government officials. They consist of memoranda and instructions on the operation and policies of the Highway Department, and forms and specifications to be used in carrying out construction and maintenance projects.
Highway Department: An Inventory of Its County Maps gr02430
Maps of Minnesota counties, prepared by the State Emergency Relief Administration and printed by the state Department of Highways. Blueline copies, several sheets per county. For counties Isanti-Yellow Medicine only; within this sequence, a few counties or individual maps are missing, also.
Highway Department: Finance Division: An Inventory of Its Trunk Highway Construction Expenditure Records gr02431
A variety of summaries and reports of expenditures for the construction of trunk highways and state aid roads. Expenditure categories include engineering, grading, surfacing, structures (e.g., bridges, culverts, guard rails), land acquisition, roadside development, and construction bonds.
Highway Department: Maintenance Division: An Inventory of Its Highway Maintenance Files gr02432
Memoranda, minutes, correspondence, reports, and miscellany, particularly concerning road and bridge maintenance, road construction, ice and snow removal, and maintenance policies, budgets, and administration.
Highway Department: Planning and Programming Division: An Inventory of Its Highway and Railway Planning Maps gr02433
Maps showing proposed or conceptual development plans for interstate highways and major arterial roads in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area (1935-1961); topographic and contour maps drawn in 1945 and used in the location studies for interstate highways 94 and 35E in the city of St. Paul; and maps of proposed changes to the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway route in Hennepin County due to proposed highways, adjacent parks, and industrial locations (1958). Some of these developments were implemented as shown; some were not. The project files to which these maps once related are believed to no longer be extant.
Jerome Hill: An Inventory of His Papers 00565
Jerome HillCorrespondence, personal papers, and photographs belonging to this artist and philanthropist, a grandson of St. Paul railroad magnate James J. Hill. The collection is particularly strong in photography, as Hill documented his life with the camera for over 50 years.

Includes digital content.
Humanities Commission: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr02438
Miscellaneous files relating to the administration, activities, and interests of the Humanities Commission, including articles of incorporation and bylaws, memoranda to commission and executive committee members, financial records (1978-1979), newsletters, publicity materials, committee and commission member files, and subject files.
Intermedia Arts Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Video Collection sv000292
Video iconThe collection containing 268 titles includes documentaries, short films, animated films, experimental films and performance art. Topics include Vietnam, community involvement, urban and rural issues, Minneapolis neighborhood issues, agriculture, musical and dance performances, poetry, women's issues, sports, disabled persons, politics and government, education, energy, drug use and education, labor, housing, civil rights, and journalism. The accompanying Catalogue to videotape library compiled by University Community Video, Inc. (predecessor of Intermedia Arts Minnesota) is a listing of their collection as it was in 1982, it does not include all that is in the current collection and includes items that were not donated with the collection.

Includes digital content.
Itasca County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case Files gr02397
Files numbered 1-16239. Boxes 149-161 contain transcripts, exhibits, and large case files that were too large to be interfiled with the main set of files.
Itasca County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Criminal Case File Transcripts and Exhibits gr02399
Typed transcripts of various numbered and unnumbered criminal case files, and a few exhibits (photos, correspondence, a Pokegama Hotel register, and miscellany).
Itasca County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Criminal Case Files gr02398
Files numbered 1-2335.
Koochiching County: International Falls: Municipal Court: An Inventory of Its Records gr02395
Civil (1907-1947, 1962-1971) and criminal (1907-1957, 1980-1984) dockets, minutes (1910-1932), judgment books (1907-1959) and dockets (1910-1972), and conciliation court docket (1924-1927). The civil and criminal dockets appear to be incomplete.
Metropolitan Airports Commission: An Inventory of Its Historical Materials gr02396
A variety of materials documenting both the history of the Metropolitan Airports Commission [MAC] and Minnesota aviation in general.
Nicollet County: Lafayette Charter School: An Inventory of Its Records gr02411
Meeting minutes, scrapbooks, handbooks and manuals, subject files, photographs and related records of this Minnesota charter school.
Pope County: Western Pope County Hospital District: An Inventory of Its Records gr00025
Records of the Western Pope County Hospital District formed October 2, 1973 by eleven townships and three cities in western Pope County to construct a hospital and maintain hospital services for the area. Also known as the Minnewaska Hospital District or Minnewaska Regional Health System, in 1977, the district opened the Minnewaska District Hospital in Starbuck (replacing the existing Minnewaska Hospital). The district's files (1973-2006) include correspondence, board minutes, a history of the district hospital, legal records, subject files and related records.
Rainbow Club: An Inventory of Its Records P2288
Headphones iconRecords describing the activities of a Twin Cities social club established in 1947 to foster friendship and understanding among individuals of different racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

Includes digital content.
Ramsey County: Board of Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Files of Commissioner Robert J. Orth gr02424
Agenda materials and subject files relating to the joint Ramsey and Washington County waste to energy power plant proposed for construction near Lake Elmo; and a few miscellaneous correspondence and subject files regarding assorted public policy matters of interest to the commissioner.
Ramsey County: Board of Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Hunt [Commissioner Ruby] Files gr02423
Correspondence (1968-1980), press releases and speeches (1972-1977), and subject files (1953-1992) kept by Commissioner Hunt. Topics covered include activities of a reorganization committee and the St. Paul City Charter Commission, abortion, and indigent guardianships and conservatorships.
Ramsey County: Board of County Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Committee Files gr02420
Largely minutes and agenda packets, but also includes correspondence, reports, and miscellany. Issues covered include community human services, adult detention and juvenile service centers, the Battle Creek project, community corrections, government study, office automation, policy and planning, public health and environment, public safety and justice, county wide 911 planning, and county health plan membership.
Ramsey County: Board of County Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Correspondence gr02421
Office correspondence of commissioners Duane W. McCarty (1986), Don Salverda (1976-1989), Diane Ahrens (1984-1990), Ruby Hunt (1984-1989), Warren Schaber (1978-1989), and Hal Norgard (1981-1986). It mainly documents each office's relation with other county officers and the commissioner's constituency, including municipal officers, associations/organizations, and individuals; legislation; and speaking engagements. Several also include press releases and newspaper columns.
Ramsey County: Board of County Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Files of Commissioner John T. Finley gr02422
Copies of board minutes and resolutions, miscellaneous correspondence and subject files, and committee files kept by commissioner John T. Finley.
Ramsey County: Charter Commission: An Inventory of Its Records gr02425
Minutes (1987-1994); correspondence (1987-1994); charter drafts, (1988-1994), including drafts of the individual chapters and subject files (1970, 1986-1994).
Ramsey County: Coroner: An Inventory of Its Records gr02412
Inquest record (1878-1884), coroner's record of autopsies (1901-1908), autopsy reports (1905-1911, October 1912-1916) and miscellaneous documents (1901-1920), index book (1910-1962) and cards (1916) to coroner's record books, coroner's record books (1920-1955), and photograph album of unclaimed and/or unidentified bodies and train and automobile accident scenes (approximately 1914-1930s). The additional autopsy documents may include coroner's bills and lists of supplies, mileage fees, receipts, photographs, legal documents and testimony, and correspondence.
Ramsey County: Criminal Justice Planning Department: An Inventory of Its Records gr02416
Minutes and agenda packets, subject files, and reports and publications of the Ramsey County Criminal Justice Planning Department.
Ramsey County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Criminal Case Files gr02428
File nos. 13476-18047. An itemized file list for rolls 1-21 is in the accession file.
Ramsey County: Joint Court House and City Hall Committee: An Inventory of Its Advisory Court House and City Hall Building Commission Records gr02417
Minutes, correspondence, and financial and legal documents kept by this commission appointed to oversee construction of a new joint Ramsey County court house and St. Paul city hall building.
Ramsey County: Joint Court House and City Hall Committee: An Inventory of Its Court House Construction Records gr02418
Ledgers and journal (1884-1889) recording construction costs for the court house/city hall building and other expenses of the court house and city hall special commissioners; correspondence of David Day, superintendent of furniture and grounds (1888-1889), regarding various aspects of the finishing work on the building, such as furniture purchases, wiring, installation of the tower clock, and grading of the grounds; floor plan, elevation, and sectional drawings (circa 1884); correspondence and contracts regarding lighting, heating, and repairs (1897, 1930-1938); a file of the Ramsey County Court House and City Hall Special Commission (1864-1937), relating largely to courthouse land acquisition and construction; and reports and records documenting a 1985-1993 renovation project done by the Wold Association.
Ramsey County: Joint Court House and City Hall Committee: An Inventory of Its Minutes gr02419
Minutes for 1882 - [approximately February 1889] document the construction of the county court house/city hall building, including advertising for and receiving bids, issuance of construction bonds, receipt and approval of estimates for construction costs, the progress of building construction, finishing and furnishing the building, and related matters. They include newspaper articles and advertisements, and copies of some relevant resolutions and contracts.
Ramsey County: Sheriff: An Inventory of Its Jail Construction Records gr02426
Correspondence, contracts, specifications, blueprints, and extracts from minutes of the board of county commissioners regarding site acquisition, construction (1902-1903), upkeep, and remodeling (1925-1929) of the former Ramsey County jail in St. Paul (later razed).
Ramsey County: Sheriff: An Inventory of Its Jail Registers gr02427
Jail registers of the Ramsey County Sheriff.
Ramsey County: St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital: An Inventory of Its Patient Registers for Surgical Operations gr02413
Patient registers of Ancker Hospital, also named the City and County Hospital, St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital, and the St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital and Medical Center.
Ramsey County: St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital: An Inventory of Its Patient Registers [General?] gr02415
Patient registers of Ancker Hospital, also named the City and County Hospital, St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital, and the St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital and Medical Center. There are no records for 1892-1895.
Ramsey County: St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital and Medical Center: An Inventory of Its Patient Registers of the Contagious Department gr02414
Patient registers of the St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital and Medical Center and it's predecessors the Ancker Hospital, City and County Hospital, and St. Paul-Ramsey Hospital.
Ramsey County: Welfare Department: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr00857
Scrapbooks (1929-1968); burial certificate stubs (1940-1966); Ramsey County Alms House inmate registers (1913-1944; with some admission information back to 1883) and burial records (1895-1923); and Ramsey County Home/Nursing Home records (1920s-2008).
Joel Sisson: An Inventory of His Green Chair Project Records 01498
Manuals, press clippings, brochures and flyers, photographs, audiocassettes, and videocassettes relating to a Minneapolis-based nonprofit community project, founded by artist Joel Sisson and others, that worked with inner-city youth in the Twin Cities to construct and sell green Adirondack chairs. Project organizers sought to give young people a positive experience, centered in the arts, and to teach them manufacturing and entrepreneurial skills.
Soldiers' Bonus Board: An Inventory of Its World War I Service and Financial Record gr02400
Data recorded includes serial (bonus application) number, name, address, service dates, length of service, aggregate months, cash bonus, tuition paid, cash bonus paid, total paid, and remarks.
Stillwater State Prison: An Inventory of Its Photographs of Inmates (Negatives) gr02392
Both a side and front view of each inmate are included on each negative. Each negative shows a case file number on a "menu board" below the inmate. Early negatives show only the case file number; later negatives are labeled with "Minnesota State Prison" and the inmate's last name, case file number, height, weight, date of birth, and assumed date of incarceration. The inmates are in prison uniforms and/or street clothes. Some inmates have one or more negatives from multiple incarcerations.
Stillwater State Prison: An Inventory of Its Photographs of Inmates (Positives) gr02393
Both a front and side view of each inmate are included on each photograph. The back of each photograph includes the inmate's name and number, aliases, description, county, crime, and F.B.I. number. The series is incomplete and does not include a photograph for every inmate.
Stillwater State Prison: Prison Industries: Farm Machinery Department: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr02394
Includes a department journal (1910-1916); minutes of a meeting with the Minnesota Implement Dealers (March 1918); a department review report (1952); graphic layouts for application of decals and screen painting schemes (undated, 1964-1971), parts drawings (1952), and photographs (circa 1960s-1970s) of "Minnesota Line" farm machinery; repair sales and settlements records (1913-1934); and machinery conference/department minutes (1910-1920). The latter detail farm machinery sales, expenses, and contracts.
Treasurer's Office: An Inventory of Its World War I Bonus Fund Warrant Record gr02401
Information provided: warrant number, date, amount, when paid, who issued to, application number.
Gerald Vizenor: An Inventory of His Papers 00706
Papers documenting the career of a Minnesota Chippewa educator, author, poet, and activist.

Includes digital content.
Winona County: County Court: Family Division: An Inventory of Its Records gr02404
Family Division adoption record (1973-1982) and juvenile records (March 1974-April 1983). All of the volumes are indexed.
Winona County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Order Books gr02406
Order books of the Winona County District Court.
Winona County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Criminal Actions gr02405
Each entry usually includes the case file number; names of plaintiffs, defendants, and their attorneys; and a chronological list of each document filed or other action taken in the case, with the date and associated fees. The 1857-1886 volume includes scattered justice court certificates of convictions. All of the volumes are indexed.
Winona County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Probate Actions and Indexes gr02403
Registers (1866-1983) of documents filed and actions taken in individual probate, guardianship, and insanity cases. Includes title of case, case number, list of documents filed, and citations to volume and page where selected documents are recorded (transcribed). Each volume is indexed. There is also a separate index which covers the entire series (circa 1856 - 1983). The latter records name, residence, case file number and nature, and probate register volume and page number. The last two registers, volumes R and S, were created under the Winona County, County Court's Family Division.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Minnesota. Independent School District No. 506 (Lafayette). Records, 1928-1950, 1999.
Records documenting the administration of this Nicollet County school district. Includes school censuses, 1928-1950 (1 folder, years 1941 and 1943 not included); and Grand Finale program, June 3, 1999 (1 folder). The program is for an event celebrating 100 years of education and the final year of classes of the school district.
Nicollet County (Minn.). School District No. 26 (New Sweden : Township). School censuses, 1947-1948, 1950.
Records documenting the administration of this Nicollet County school district. Includes school censuses, 1947-1948, 1950.
Nicollet County (Minn.). School District No. 64 (Bernadette : Township). School censuses, 1948-1950.
Records documenting the administration of this Nicollet County school district. Includes school censuses, 1948-1950.
Sibley County (Minn.). School District No. 50 (Cornish : Township). School censuses, 1944-1950.
Records documenting the administration of this Sibley County school district. Includes school censuses, 1944-1945, 1947, 1949-1950.

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