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Our new library and archives catalog is finally LIVE and we celebrated with some cake!! After over a year of preparation, experimentation, documentation, clarification, negotiation, and even a little frustration, we finally finished the data migration.

Cataloging, processing, and library staff have worked extremely hard over the last year and a half to review over 200,000 catalog records with over 600,000 attached items to make sure all of the information (like subject headings, locations, etc.) from our old catalog have transferred over correctly to the new system.

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We'd like to especially thank Karen Obermeyer-Kolb, Dave Ehasz, Robin Horowitz, Monica Ralston, Jennifer Kleinjung, and Ellen Jaquette for their amazing perseverance during this whole process. Access and discovery are possible because of you!

Enjoy the new look and experience and please don't hesitate to ask us about any questions you may have!


New and Updated Finding Aids - January 2019

Name/Abstract File No.
3M Company: An Inventory of Its Corporate Records 00281
3M Company LogoCorporate records and historical materials of this Minnesota-based international manufacturing company, founded in 1902 in Two Harbors, that has produced a wide variety of products for industrial and household applications, including abrasive, adhesive, reflective and medical products; magnetic media and data recording equipment, copying and office products and nonwoven fiber technologies.

Includes digital content.
Aerial Views of Twin Cities Area and Suburbs: An Inventory of a Photograph Collection sv000281
Contact sheets and negatives highlighting aerial views of the Twin Cities area and suburbs. Images were mostly taken for commercial real estate developers via helicopter in the 1980s and 1990s. Majority of contact sheet images overlap with negative images.
Agriculture Department: State-Federal Crop and Livestock Reporting Service: An Inventory of Its Press Releases gr01514
1945-1946Press releases sent mainly monthly or mid-monthly, with a few annual, and in the later years, weekly. They mainly report on or forecast crop and livestock production in the state. Crops and livestock covered include eggs, dairy (particularly milk), pigs, cattle, calves, chickens, turkey, sheep and lambs, honey and beeswax, corn, various types of clover, alfalfa, flax, soybeans, potatoes, barley, timothy, grain in general, winter wheat, rye, truck crops and commercial vegetables, shorn wool, and livestock slaughter.

Includes digital content.
Andersen Corporation: An Inventory of Its Corporate Records 00678
Video iconFinancial records, advertising materials, product catalogs, employee newsletters, legal files, trademark and patent documents, price lists, sales information, details and specifications, service bulletins, installation manuals, photographs, videocassettes, motion pictures, and other records of a privately-held manufacturing firm begun in 1903 by Danish immigrant Hans Jacob Andersen in Hudson, Wisconsin, that grew into a large manufacturer of windows and doors that marketed its products world-wide through a network of independent and company-owned wholesale distributors. The collection includes some records of related and subsidiary companies, and some papers of members of the Andersen family.

Includes digital content.
George Washington Clark: An Inventory of His Reminiscences P2232
Reminiscences of the first settler in Wabashaw Prairie (now Winona, Minnesota), with details on his journey from New York to Minnesota (1851) and information on various aspects of his experiences as a pioneer in Winona County. Included as well is correspondence, legal papers, photographs, a descendancy chart, and news clippings relating to members of the Clark family.
Conservation Department: Waters Division: An Inventory of Its Judicial Ditch Files gr01526
Records of the Conservation Department's Division of Drainage and Waters/Division of Waters detailing the construction, improvement, and maintenance of county and judicial ditches, including the main ditches, and any branches and laterals.
Max M. Kampelman: An Inventory of His Papers 00772
Max M. KampelmanCorrespondence, newsletters, published and unpublished articles, speeches, government reports, press releases, news clippings, television footage, memoirs, interviews, and related materials documenting the public life of Max M. Kampelman as legislative counsel to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (1949-1955), as a friend and advisor to Humphrey throughout his political career (1956-1978), and as United States ambassador (1980-1992). The papers also reflect Kampelman's activities in professional and community groups.

Includes digital content.
Le Sueur County: Kasota Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01527
Birth and death registers (1870-1908), and certificate records (1908-1952).
Le Sueur County: Le Sueur: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01528
Includes permits for burial or removal.
Le Sueur County: Tyrone Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01529
Birth, 1871-1951, and death, 1871-1953, registers and certificate registers.
Le Sueur County: Waterville Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01530
Birth and death registers for 1870-1902 and 1913-1953.
Lincoln County: Alta Vista Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01531
Birth and death registers (1883-1907), birth and death certificate register (1914-1947), and birth (1908-1913, 1949, 1952) and death (1952) certificates.
Lincoln County: Limestone Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01532
Birth (1879-1907, 1913-1914) and death (1879-1907, 1914) registers, and birth (1908-1913, 1916-1951) and death (1908-1952) certificate records.
Lincoln County: Marshfield Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01533
Birth and death register (1880-1899), birth (1914-1942) and death (1908-1942) certificate records, and birth (1947) and death (1943-1953) certificates.
Lincoln County: Royal Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01534
Birth and death registers (1879-1910), and birth (1907-1953) and death (1913-1953) certificate records.
Lincoln County: Verdi Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01535
Birth and death registers (1880-1907), birth (1908-1912, 1914-1940) and death (1908-1940) certificate records, birth (1941-1951) and death (1941-1953) certificates, and burial permits (1925-1953).
Lyon County: Sodus Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Registers gr01536
Birth and death registers (1876-1908) and birth and death certificate registers (1908-1911, 1913-1949).
Lyon County: Stanley Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01537
Birth records (1889-1913), death records (1889-1939), and burial permits (1910-1941).
Lyon County: Tracy: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Registers gr01538
Birth records (1908-1953) and death records (1914-1953).
Mac Martin Advertising Agency: An Inventory of Its Advertising Scrapbooks and Films 00508
video iconAdvertising proofs, brochures, booklets, catalogs, photographs, and films of more than 130 different companies, headquartered mainly in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, which were clients of this Minneapolis advertising agency. Flour, coffee, canned vegetables, farm machinery, building products, financial services, tourism, real estate, household products, and political campaigns are featured in the advertising materials.

Includes digital content.
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports gr00735
Published proposals, recommendations, evaluations, marketing studies, and reports, both prepared by and submitted to the commission, covering such topics as stadium location, legislation, environmental impact, economic impact, finances, and marketing.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Papers 00697
Walter F. Mondale Campaign, senatorial, vice presidential, ambassadorial, and personal, papers and sound and visual materials. The collection includes office files, correspondence, legislation, press and public relations files, speeches, meeting materials, and trip files from his service as United States Senator from Minnesota (1964-1976) and Vice President of the United States (1977-1981), as well as materials pertaining to his subsequent career as a lawyer and lecturer, and to his service as Ambassador to Japan (1993-1996).
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Political Papers and Campaign Files 00697_Political
Mondale/FerraroPolitical papers and campaign files (1934-2004) include materials from Mondale's 1962 Attorney General campaign, 1962 and 1966 Senate campaigns, the 1976 and 1980 Presidential campaigns where Mondale ran as Jimmy Carter's Vice President, and extensive files from the 1984 Presidential campaign in which Mondale ran for President against Ronald Reagan.

Includes digital content.
St. Paul Winter Carnival Association: An Inventory of Its Film Collection sv000114
Video iconFilms document the activities of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, a city-wide festival featuring parades, sporting events, carnival royalty, ice sculptures and social events. Collected and created by the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Association.

Includes digital content.
Rosalie Wahl: An Inventory of Her Papers 00430
Justice Rosalie E. WahlPersonal papers from the judicial chambers of Rosalie Wahl, first woman appointed (1977) and successively elected (1978, 1984, 1990) to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Includes digital content.
Washington County: Board of County Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Minutes and Agenda Packets gr01187
Volume No. 3, May-December 1989Minutes and agenda packets of the Washington County Board of County Commissioners.

Includes digital content.
Jack White: An Inventory of His Jack White Orchestra Sound and Visual Collection sv000282
Portrait of Jack White.Audio recordings and photographs documenting musical career of Jack White and his orchestra. Live radio simulcasts of his performances make up the bulk of the recordings, many from Curly's Theater Cafe (20 South Fifth Street, Minneapolis) and most from 1947. The bulk of the photographs were taken at Curly's. Jack White: Recordings from 1947 overlaps with some of the audio discs.

Includes digital content.
Women's Art Registry of Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Records 00101
Records documenting the members, activities, and philosophy of a women's art collective in Minneapolis.

Includes digital content.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Charles A. Lindbergh on the USS Memphis photograph collection, 1927 June 4.
Collection documents Charles A. Lindbergh on the USS Memphis (CL-13) on which he and the Spirit of St. Louis returned to the United States after his historic transatlantic flight. One image signed by Lindbergh.
Hay Creek Civilian Conservation Corps Camp photograph album, approximately 1937.
Photographs document the Hay Creek CCC camp that did conservation work on farmland in the area near Red Wing, particularly with erosion control and soil improvement. Images include workers, views of the camp and Red Wing, the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, and a truck accident that killed and injured members of the camp.
Kahn, Lauren S. Eugene McCarthy 1968 primary campaign photograph collection, 1968.
Collection includes albums of the Eugene McCarthy's 1968 campaign including speeches and interviews in New Hampshire and Milwaukee as well as photographs of election night in the Wisconsin primary in March 1968. Lauren Kahn documented the campaign for the University of Connecticut's Connecticut Daily Campus as a journalism major. Copies of articles written in conjunction with photographs are included.
Lunde, Oletta, 1890-1980. Glen Lake Children's Camp records, 1926-1956 (bulk 1940-1947).
Journals (1940-1947, with added materials to 1956) and a photograph album (1926-1947) kept by Lunde as a counselor at the Glen Lake Children's Camp, a summer camp located adjacent to the Glen Lake Sanatorium in Minnetonka, Minnesota, to provide a summer camping experience for children from Hennepin County that were afflicted with tuberculosis.
Moose Lake Fire photograph collection, 1918.
Snapshots of the 1918 Moose Lake Fire aftermath, possibly taken by Einar Lee who was present for the clean-up. Includes images of the Minnesota Home Guard and building rubble.
Reid H. Ray Film Industries photograph collection, approximately 1920-1970.
Views of the work of the Reid H. Ray Film Industries (successor to Ray-Bell Films Inc., 1947-1948) compiled by former employee, Dennis Anderson. Includes views of employees, studio filming and equipment, exterior shots of building, and film stills of Sister Kenny and Cedric Adams.
Tidende staff album, 1912.
Album includes portrait of Thorvald Gulbrandsen, images of the Minneapolis Tidende and its 25th anniversary announcement, as well as portraits of twenty-three men and women who worked with Gulbrandsen. Images are identified with index.
Whitney, William Channing, photographer. William Channing Whitney photograph collection, approximately 1890-1910.
Images of family and friends taken by William Channing Whitney, a prominent architect who practiced in Minnesota. Copy prints made in the 1970s from original negatives.

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