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The Minnesota Historical Society is the recipient of a Basic Project grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) which will significantly support the cataloging of the Society's unprocessed archival collections. The project targets 4,600 cubic feet of government records and manuscript collections.

To start the new year, the NHPRC team will process new collections such as the records of the Native American Theological Association and the GOP Feminist Caucus, and make additions to existing collections such as the Carol Connolly papers and the State Auditor records.

Finding Aid Statistics

Substantial progress has been made in the first ten weeks of the project. We've processed 90 accessions totaling nearly 480 cubic feet. We've also added or updated 101 finding aids to enhance access to our collections.

Learn more about the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and how its strategic plan helps support non-Federal institutions like the Minnesota Historical Society through grants.

New and Revised Finding Aids - December 2010

Name/Abstract File No.
Association for Women in Communications. Twin Cities Chapter: An Inventory of Its Records 00326
Minutes, presidents files, financial information, program committee files, membership booklets, subject files, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous material relating to a local chapter of an organization founded in 1923 as a local chapter of Theta Sigma Phi, a national society for women in journalism and communications.
Automatic Alarm Corporation: An Inventory of Its Records 00816
Customer lists, product information, financial records, advertising, minutes, legal files, and related material of a Minneapolis firm incorporated in 1941 that provided central station fire protection services, central station burglar alarm services, and local alarm services to its subscribers.
Joseph H. Ball: An Inventory of His Papers 00767
Biographical data, bills, newsletters, speeches, voting records, related miscellany, letters to his daughter, secretary's notebook (1941-1942), and oral history interview documenting this Republican U.S. senator's service on behalf of Minnesota.
Robert Mowry Bell: An Inventory of His Family Papers 00812
Correspondence and diaries which describe the daily life and travels of Bell, a physician and free-lance writer, and various members of his family.
Markell Conley Brooks: An Inventory of Her Genealogy Files 00502
Genealogical charts and correspondence, family letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, architectural drawings, audio tapes, theatrical scripts, and other material relating to the Brooks, Conley, Flower, Gutherz, Hawkins, Morris, Orton, and other related families, ancestors of Markell Conley Brooks.
Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board: An Inventory of Its Campaign Finance Files, Political Committees and Funds gr00127
"Reports of receipts of political committees and funds, and of their contributions (transfers) to candidates, to committees and funds supporting candidates, and to committees and funds organized to promote or defeat a ballot question."
Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board: An Inventory of Its Campaign Finance Files, Principal Campaign Committees (Category 1) gr00126
"Detailed reports of receipts and expenditures by the campaign committee for each candidate for a state office (constitutional officers, legislators, statewide and district courts), accompanied by a statement of organization for the committee."
Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board: An Inventory of Its Conciliation Agreements and Findings gr00130
"The Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board offers conciliation agreements to campaign finance clients who make excess expenditures or have made or received excess contributions."
Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board: An Inventory of Its Economic Interest Statements gr00125
"Annual personal financial statements filed by candidates for state executive and legislative offices and by appointees to boards and commissions."
Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board: An Inventory of Its Legal Files gr00129
"Alphabetical set of legal files (ca. 1976-1993) concerning alleged violations of the state's ethical practices law."
Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board: An Inventory of Its Minutes and Agenda Packets gr00128
"Minutes (1974-2007) and agenda packets (1979-1985) detailing the organization and administration of the board and its predecessors, the Ethics Commission (1974-1975) and Ethical Practices Board (1975-1997); lobbyist disclosure procedures; and specific cases that refined the definition of lobbyist or dealt with non-compliance and complaints."
David M. Daniels: An Inventory of His Papers 00813
Scrapbooks and related materials documenting the career of St. Paul native David Daniels, a singer and actor with numerous Broadway and television performing credits.
Cushman K. Davis: An Inventory of His Papers 00822
Correspondence, speeches, clippings, and miscellaneous papers of this United States senator from Minnesota (1887-1900) and member of the St. Paul (Minnesota) law firm of Davis, Kellogg, and Severance.
Faribault School for the Deaf: An Inventory of Its Student Records gr00135
Individual student files that may contain hearing and physical examination reports, interview notes, psychological reports, academic progress sheets, photographs, public school records, and correspondence with parents, school districts, and county and state welfare bodies.
Film in the Cities: An Inventory of Its Records 00195
Administrative and programmatic records, and photographs and films of a gallery and resource center formed in 1970 to sponsor exhibitions and provide education in the media arts.
General Federation of Women's Clubs of Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Records 00454
Records of a state association organized in 1895 as an affiliation of local women's clubs throughout Minnesota.
Governor's Residence Council: An Inventory of Its Records grc01
Records of the Governor's Residence Council, and its predecessors, the House Development Committee (1979-1980) and State Ceremonial House Council (1980-1981).
Highway Department: An Inventory of Maps gr00138
Tourist maps, maps showing the status of state trunk highways and improvement projects (1922, [1927?], 1934-1957), general highway maps (1950-1951), a map and description of the state's initial trunk highway system ("Babcock plan," 1920), two maps showing strategic highway routes in 1940 and 1941, and 1936 atlas of general highway county maps.
Sherman Holbert: An Inventory of His Papers 00626
Business and personal files of this lifelong resident of Onamia and the Mille Lacs region of Minnesota documenting his many entrepreneurial undertakings in the area including the development of his property near Onamia, his maple sugar business, his wild rice business, his collection of Indian photographs and artifacts, the operation of his tourist attraction, Fort Mille Lacs, and the eventual sale of the property to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Houston County: Spring Grove Village/City: An Inventory of Its Records gr00147
Chattel mortgage record book and justice court dockets.
Hubbard County: Park Rapids: Justice of the Peace: An Inventory of Its Dockets gr00132
Civil and criminal justice dockets covering 1893-1965, although not all years are represented. Some of the volumes are indexed.
Isanti County: School District No. 58/685, Cambridge and Stanchfield Townships: An Inventory of Its Records gr00136
Clerk's books, treasurer's book, school census, classification records, teacher's report to county superintendent, library accession record, pupil record cards (RESTRICTED), class photographs, and miscellaneous papers.
Antoinette Porter King and Family: An Inventory of Their Papers P2129
Correspondence, diaries, and genealogies comprising the compiled genealogical and historical record of two families who migrated from New York to Wisconsin and eventually settled near Jackson, Minnesota.
League of Women Voters of St. Paul: An Inventory of its Records 00217
Historical information, bylaws, minutes, correspondence files, annual reports, financial and membership records, league publications, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and program-related files of a local League of Women Voters chapter organized in November, 1919.
Legislature: House of Representative: An Inventory of Its House Bills gr00119
The original house file of bills acted upon in the house; also includes bills for special sessions, resolutions, and concurrent resolutions. The bill files include any successive versions and engrossments.
Lyon County: Rock Lake Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr00133
Chattel mortgage records, and birth and death records.
Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund: An Inventory of Its Records gr00148
Board minutes, indexed (1948-2010), financial records (1935-2009), and informational handbooks (1956-1976). The financial records comprise actuarial (valuation) reports and comprehensive financial reports.
Minnesota Music Teachers Association: An Inventory of Its Records 00619
Records of a professional society of music instructors formed to promote music education in Minnesota.
Municipal Board: An Inventory of Its Annexation Files gr00124
Files on requests for annexations of additional land to cities and villages.
Municipal Board: An Inventory of Its Consolidation Files gr00150
Files documenting requests for the merger of two or more cities or a city and township into a new city.
Municipal Board: An Inventory of Its Detachment Files gr00122
Files covering two distinct kinds of detachments: simple detachments of municipal property being rural in character for which no development plans exist; or simultaneous detachment and annexation of incorporated land in which property of one municipality abuts another and is detached and annexed in a single concurrent action.
Municipal Board: An Inventory of Its Incorporation Files gr00123
Files regarding petitions for incorporation, sometimes including annexations, of various Minnesota cities and towns, primarily in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.
Polk County: County Court: An Inventory of Its Records gr00141
Minute books (1973-May 1982), judgment order record (1972-1975), plaintiff and defendant indexes (1972-1982), and registers of civil actions (1972-1982).
Polk County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil and Criminal Registers of Actions gr00143
Registers of actions for civil (1883-1982) and criminal (1883-1991) cases.
Polk County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr00144
Set of miscellaneous files kept as such by the court. Includes an index to the files, adoption records, certificates of election, criminal case file transcripts, grand jury reports, jail registers, a list of lands to be sold by the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railroad Company, and loose naturalization records. There is also an index to adoption records/changes of name records.
Polk County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Plaintiff and Defendant Indexes gr00145
Plaintiff and defendant indexes covering court cases tried in Polk County.
Polk County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Registration and Certification Records gr00146
Records or registers for dentists, optometrists, physicians, veterinarians, business names, and basic science certificates.
Polk County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Guardianship Registers gr00139
A record of documents filed and actions taken in each case.
Polk County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Actions gr00140
A record of documents filed and orders issued in each probate case.
Railroad and Warehouse Commission: An Inventory of Its Express Rates Registers gr00115
Registers of applications by express companies for changes in rates on various commodities transported by them.
Railroad and Warehouse Commission: An Inventory of Its Finance Docket Files gr00118
Finance docket case files of the Interstate Commerce Commission involving railroads doing business in Minnesota; they were seeking authority from the ICC to issue bonds to finance permanent improvements or additions to road mileage or equipment.
Railroad and Warehouse Commission: An Inventory of Its Railroad Tariff Records gr00116
Indexes (1905-1990) of railroad rates and tariffs submitted to the commission from railroad companies and published railroad rates and tariffs and miscellaneous tariffs (1904-1974) submitted by railroads, barge lines, and motor freight carriers.
Railroad and Warehouse Commission: An Inventory of Its Subject Files gr00117
Subject files documenting a wide variety of topics dealt with by the commission, including strikes, railroad accidents, telephone and freight rates, warehouses, rural electrification, street railways, track and bridge maintenance, orders, and legislation relating to grain, railroad, telephone, truck, and farm storage.
Ramsey County: St. Paul: School Records: Central High School: An Inventory of Its 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.
Saint Paul Audubon Society: An Inventory of Its Records 00817
Constitution and bylaws, membership lists, brochures, photographs, newspaper clippings largely from a dismantled scrapbook, some routine correspondence interfiled with the clippings, and miscellany of this local branch of the National Audubon Society.
Secretary of State: An Inventory of Its Electoral College Records gr00149
Records of the Minnesota Electoral College Assemblies for the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. Included are elector ballots for presidential candidates, elector ballots for vice-presidential candidates, news releases, photographs of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party electors and Secretaries of State, and engraved pens of the type used for the signings.
Secretary of State: An Inventory of Its Railroad Records gr00112
Copies of deeds of trust, mortgages, indentures, leases, agreements, and other instruments filed by railroad companies with the secretary of state.
St. Cloud State Reformatory: An Inventory of Its Building and Construction Files gr00137
Bids and specifications, contracts, agreements, and related correspondence pertaining to the construction of and improvements to Reformatory buildings and facilities.
St. Paul Association of Insurance Women: An Inventory of Its Association Records 00330
Organizational records, correspondence, newsletters, and scrapbooks of an association formed in 1935 for women employed within the insurance industry.
Harold E. Stassen: An Inventory of His Papers 00202
Papers documenting the life and career of a former Minnesota governor, presidential contender, naval officer, United Nations charter delegate, and Eisenhower cabinet member.
Clarrissa Blandin Stebbins: An Inventory of Stebbins Family Letters 00819
Letters to Clarrissa and Rufus Stebbins in Brookline, Vermont from their children and grandchildren in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Minnesota. The letters discuss school and work situations, weather (blizzards, tornadoes, storms), prices (food, land, and crops), the Civil War experiences of two of their sons, farming, and the work of their youngest son, a rural Methodist minister in southeastern Minnesota. There is a good deal of information on southeastern Minnesota places.
Supreme Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Actions gr00114
Indexed by judgment debtor, the registers give date and brief notation of all actions taken by parties involved in each court case.
Elizabeth Wallace: An Inventory of Her Papers 00818
Correspondence, 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.
War Records Commission: An Inventory of Its WWI Soldiers' Photographs gr00131
Contains photographs of soldiers, some of which include the geographic location where enlistment occurred.

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