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We're excited to announce that we've recently added to the manuscripts collections a handwritten lyric, on lined yellow paper, signed by the late Minneapolis funk-rock musician Prince, containing his never-released song I Hope We Work it Out.

Written at the suggestion of Minneapolis music producer David Rivkin, the song is believed to have been recorded at Sound80 studio in Minneapolis in 1977 and was played during a private luncheon when Prince flew to California to sign his recording contract with Warner Bros. at the age of 18.

The lyric sheet contains Prince's artistic embellishments in the title and two simple mathematical calculations at the bottom of the page. Warner Bros. is referred to as W.B. in the lyrics.

A version of the song was posted on YouTube in May of last year.


Prince lyric, I Hope We Work it Out, 1977 Prince lyric, I Hope We Work it Out, 1977



This lyric joins several other Prince-related artifacts in the Society's collections, perhaps most notably the purple jacket, white ruffled shirt, and studded pants Prince wore in the 1984 film Purple Rain, and a pair of purple lace gloves from the same period.


New and Updated Finding Aids - January 2017

Name/Abstract File No.
Auditor: An Inventory of Its Annual and Biennial Reports gr01269
Reports for years 1859-1972. Also includes supplemental report for fiscal years ending June 30, 1939 and June 30, 1940 (1 volume).
Big Stone County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil and Criminal Case Files gr01214
Files numbered 1-11,356 and several miscellaneous unnumbered files.
Big Stone County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Actions gr01271
A record of documents filed and other actions taken in each probate case. All volumes are indexed.
Clay County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Plaintiff's and Defendant's Indexes gr01268
Plaintiffs and defendants indexes to District Court civil and criminal case files. Entries may include case file number, parties to the case, type of action, date and amount of judgment, and citation to the register of action volume and page number indexed.
Education Department: Minnesota Board of Teaching: An Inventory of Its Minutes and Meeting Files gr01267
Board meeting minutes, agendas, and other files from the Education Department's Board of Teaching. The board met monthly until 1981, after which they met approximately every other month.
Fillmore County: Bloomfield Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01274
Birth and death registers (1870-1907) and birth (1907-1947) and death (1908-1949) certificate records.
Fillmore County: Carrolton Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01275
Birth (1871-1942) and death (1875-1907, 1915-1939, 1941-1952) records and burial permits (1945).
Fillmore County: Fillmore Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01276
Birth and death registers (1871-1913) and certificate records (1908-1953).
Fillmore County: Pilot Mound Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01277
Birth and death registers (1870-1907) and certificate records (1908-1953).
Fillmore County: Preston: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Certificate Records gr01278
Includes index for 1939-1948 records.
Fillmore County: Spring Valley Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01280
Birth and death registers (1872-1900) and certificate records (1912-1953).
Fillmore County: Spring Valley: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01279
Birth and death register (1900-1907) and certificate records (1907-1953).
Freeborn County: Carlston Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01281
Birth (1900-1907, 1909-1952) and death (1900-1913, 1935-1953) registers and certificate records, and burial/removal permits (1907-1908).
Grant County: Lawrence Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01282
Birth and death registers (1880-1908), birth and death certificate record books (1908-1953), and burial permits (1908-1934).
Grant County: North Ottawa Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01283
Birth and death register (1882-1900), birth and death certificate records (1908-1953), and burial permits (1910-1945).
Grant County: Stony Brook Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01284
Includes permits for burial or removal.
Hennepin County: Minneapolis: Minneapolis Public Schools: An Inventory of Its Parent Teacher Association Records gr01270
Minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, and other records of the parent teacher associations of Schiller School, Windom School, Horace Mann School, Clinton School, Eugene Field Elementary School, Nathan Hale School, Irving School, McKinley School, and Page School.
Jones (Family : 1861- : Jones, Herschel V. (Herschel Vespasian), 1861-1928): An Inventory of Their Family Papers 00910
Herschel V. JonesFamily and business papers of Minneapolis newspaper publisher Herschel V. Jones; his son Carl Waring Jones, who succeeded him as publisher of the Minneapolis Journal and who was an amateur magician and a publisher of books on magic; Carl's son Waring Jones, a Minneapolis playwright, producer, journalist, and book collector; and various relatives and members of the extended Jones family.

Includes digital content.
Traverse County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil and Criminal Case Files gr01272
Files numbered 1-9,408. Also includes unnumbered case file transcripts (1913-1916) and transcripts and records of testimony (1921-1941).
Traverse County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Real Estate Tax Judgment Books gr01266
Volumes B-L.
Traverse County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Actions gr01265
Nos. 289-6998. Indexed.
Traverse County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Registers of Probate Actions gr01273
A record of documents filed and other actions taken in each probate case. Arranged in two series. Registers in the first series are labeled probate record and minute books (1881-1933). One volume also includes some marriage certificates (1914-1917, 1934, 1940). All volumes are indexed.

New and Updated Catalog Records

District Court (Big Stone County). Land registration docket, 1955-1963.
Labeled Land Registration Docket No. 1.
District Court (Big Stone County). Plaintiff's and defendant's indexes, circa 1881-1940s.
Plaintiffs and defendants indexes to District Court civil and criminal case files. Entries include case file number, parties to the case, type of action, date and amount of judgment, and citation to the register of action volume and page number indexed.
County Court (Big Stone County). Records, 1972-1983.
Minute book, No. 1 (1972-1983), and Judgement record, No. 1 (1972-1983).
Cass, Todd, Wadena, Morrison Community Health Services. Advisory Committee minutes, 1979- 2006.
Minutes of this joint community health care advisory committee serving the residents of the four-county area. The four county Board of Health was established in 1979.
Minnesota Business and Professional Women's Foundation, Inc. Foundation records, 1995-2011.
Records of a 501(c)(3) corporation whose stated mission was to provide resources to empower adult women faced with internal and external challenges while striving to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Prince. I hope we work it out, 1977.
Single sheet handwritten document, signed by Minnesota funk-rock musician Prince, containing working lyrics for his unreleased song I Hope We Work it Out.

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