What's New -- July 2022

Ferdinand Willius Papers

Ferdinand Willius We are pleased to announce the completion of a new electronic finding aid for the Ferdinand Willius and Family Papers. The Willius family originated in Bremen, Germany and arrived in Saint Paul in 1855-1856 where they engaged in the banking business. They were eventually associated with the German American Bank, the National German American Bank, and the Germania Bank.

Much of the correspondence is in Old German script. A long-time Minnesota Historical Society volunteer has translated hundreds of the letters into English, and these translations have been added to the papers. This collection has been unavailable while the translating project was underway, but it is now back and ready for research use.



New and Updated Finding Aids - July 2022

Name/Abstract File No.
American Association of University Women. Minnesota State Division: An Inventory of Its Records 00503
Correspondence, minutes, financial data, scrapbooks of clippings and ephemera, reports, notes, and membership records of the Minnesota State Division and local branches of a national organization for college-educated women founded in 1881 to promote equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.
Cameron Booth: An Inventory of His Papers 01102
Video iconScrapbooks, sketchbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed material, personal income tax returns, some correspondence, and an interview relating to Minnesota artist Cameron Booth.

Includes digital content.
Conservation Department: Forestry Division: An Inventory of Its Photograph Set (Numerical) gr01669
Black and white snapshot photographs (and negatives) of items and events relating to all aspects of the division.
Frank P. Donovan: An Inventory of His Papers 01465
Papers belonging to author and railroad researcher Frank Pierce Donovan. Includes clippings and subject files, writings and correspondence, Donovan's research card catalog, exhibition and presentation materials, and posters and other ephemera related to rail history and cartoonist Fontaine Fox (Toonerville Trolley).
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary: An Inventory of Its Records 00384
Eloise ButlerRecords documenting the history of the garden; its volunteer support organization, Friends of the Wild Flower Garden; its founder, Eloise Butler; and her successor, Martha Crone.

Includes digital content.
Governor: An Inventory of Its Charges Against Public Officials gr02277
Affidavits, petitions, transcripts of testimony, attorney general opinions, orders, and some related correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning charges of misconduct or malfeasance brought by various citizens to the governor against state and local officials.
Honeywell Inc.: An Inventory of Its Records at the Minnesota Society 00051
Headphones iconBusiness records, patent files, company-produced newsletters and periodicals, photographs, and sound and visual recordings of a Minneapolis-based multinational company widely known as a manufacturer of thermostats for residential and commercial heating systems, aeronautical devices and controls for military and commercial aircraft, and as a manufacturer of mainframe computers. Includes records of predecessor and subsidiary companies.

Includes digital content.
Metropolitan Council: An Inventory of Its Organizational Charts gr02274
Departmental organization charts from 2005-2018.
Minnesota Black Music Awards: An Inventory of Its Records 00501
Programs, 1982-1992Records from an awards program created by Pete Rhodes and associates to honor black Minnesotans for their contributions to the music world.

Includes digital content.
Roger Deane Moe: An Inventory of His Papers 01167
Roger MoeCorrespondence, subject files, bills, speeches, publicity files, news clippings and other legislative papers of Moe as Minnesota state senator representing District 66 (1971-1972) and district 2 (1973-2002).

Includes digital content.
Mower County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Real Estate Tax Judgment Books gr02273
Real estate tax judgment books from Mower County District Court.
Natural Resources Department: An Inventory of Its Administrative Rules Proceedings Files: Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) gr02275
Includes exhibits, draft rules, correspondence with the Governor's Office and others, hearing transcripts, procedural documents, and public comments.
Natural Resources Department: Parks and Recreation Division: An Inventory of Its Subject Files gr00643
Minnesota State Parks 2000 Park PassCorrespondence, reports, studies, legal and financial materials, clippings, minutes, maps, photographs, histories, and related materials documenting the organization and operation of the division.

Includes digital content.
Debra J. Nelson: An Inventory of Her Papers 00448
video iconConsists of papers of Deborah Nelson, the founder of Satin Stitches costume shop in Coon Rapids (Minn.). Papers include: client files; photographs; work samples and design sketches; press clippings; articles written by Deborah Nelson; dance tournament programs with marginalia from Nelson; historical and biographical information; and digital files that document Nelson's extensive client base and Satin Stitches history.

Includes digital content.
Pine County: An Inventory of Its Minutes of Various Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Task Forces gr02203
Minutes of the Agriculture Council, Adjustments Board, the Chisago/Kanabec/Pine Community Health Services Advisory Committee, the Comprehensive Water Plan Task Force, the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Board, the East Central Solid Waste Commission, the Extension Committee, the Five County Mental Health Center Board of Directors, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), the Joint Powers Board, the Kettle River Environmental Education Center, the Mini-bus Board and Board of Aging, the Nursing Services Advisory Committee, the Onanegozie Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Planning Commission, the Profession Advisory Committee, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and the Tax-Forfeited Land Advisory Committee.
Pine County: Auditor: An Inventory of Its Records gr02198
Road record books (1874-1933); plats (undated and 1938) including townships, town sites, subdivisions, and villages; and subject files (1870-2004).
Pine County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case Files gr02210
Files numbered 250 and 346 to 8000. Files prior to 1895 may include criminal cases.
Pine County: Superintendent of Schools: An Inventory of Its Consolidation Files gr01498
Consolidation and reorganization files for Pine County school districts, plus joint school districts in Kanabec and Aitkin counties.
Pine County: Superintendent of Schools: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr02202
Miscellaneous records documenting the duties and activities of this county official.
Johannes Riedel: An Inventory of His Papers 01307
Headphones iconCorrespondence, newspaper clippings, interviews, lectures, grant proposals, concert programs, television program scripts and recordings, sheet music, and audio materials documenting the work of Johannes Riedel, a University of Minnesota music professor.

Includes digital content.
Maurice Stans: An Inventory of His Papers 00380
Headphones iconPapers pertaining to the career of a Shakopee (Minn.) businessman and U.S. Cabinet official who served as director of the Bureau of the Budget (1958-1961), Secretary of Commerce (1969-1972), and head of the finance arm of the Committee for the Re-election of the President (1972).

Includes digital content.
Thursday Club (Saint Paul, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00408
Constitutions (1927/1928, 1939/1940 and 1957); minutes (1894-1917, 1930-1955, and 1993-2000); an early membership list (1895-1897); yearbooks containing the club's annual programs, membership rosters, and secretary's report (1895/1896-1999/2000); treasurer's books and reports (1924-1941, 2000-2001); scrapbooks (1908-1956); and miscellaneous papers ([1906]-1990)documenting the activities of a Saint Paul women's literary and intellectual society organized on May 14, 1894.
Frank Trnka: An Inventory of His Records 01466
Papers of anti-war activist Frank Trnka. The bulk of the collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, statements, and press clippings related to The Honeywell Project, an activist group that protested Honeywell's manufacturing of weapons from the late 1960s to 1990. The collection also contains materials related to Trnka's activism in the areas of war tax resistance, ending the death penalty, and combating world hunger. Trnka's personal scrapbook regarding his activism in the 1980s, and his travel memoir to France are also included.
Washington County: Auditor: An Inventory of Its Tax Lists, 1861-1960 gr02272
Tax lists for the civil subdivisions of Washington County, each of which records, in separate sections, the taxes assessed and paid on real and personal property owned by the residents. Microfilmed tax lists cover the years 1861-1899, 1900-1901, 1910-1911, 1920-1921, 1930-1931, 1940-1941, 1950, and 1960. They are reproduced on microfilm as follows: SAM 7, 1870-1900 (47 rolls); SAM 8, 1940-1960 (21 rolls); and SAM 78, 1861-1931 (42 rolls). The volumes for 1861-1931 (SAM 78) interfile with those for 1870-1900 (SAM 7).
Washington County: Auditor: An Inventory of Its Tax Lists, 1970-1991 gr02271
Tax lists for the civil subdivisions of Washington County, each of which records, in separate sections, the taxes assessed and paid on real and personal property owned by the residents. They cover the years 1970-1971, 1980-1981, and 1990-1991.
Wild Rivers Conservancy of the St. Croix and Namekagon: An Inventory of Its Records 00542
Constitution and bylaws, minutes, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, newspaper clippings, project materials, subject files, marketing materials, publications, audiovisual, photographs, historical information, and other printed materials documenting an organization devoted to the preservation of the St. Croix River and its tributary the Namekagon River.
Ferdinand Willius and Family: An Inventory of Their Papers 01467
Ferdinand WilliusCorrespondence, scrapbooks, genealogies, pamphlets, and other materials relating to Ferdinand Willius and his brother Gustav, German immigrants to Saint Paul who engaged in the banking business, and to the Willius and related families. From 1814 through the 1870s most of the letters are in German; some translations are included.
Winona County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Case Files gr02276
Case file numbers 6-7992.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Pine County (Minn.). Board of Equalization. Minutes, 1904-2004.
Minutes of meetings at which the board acted to equalize the assessments made by the county assessor. Recorded in 2 volumes and 1 folder: 1904-1940 (1 volume); 1941-1996 (1 volume); and 1997-2004 (1 folder).
Steele County (Minn.). Highway Department. Annual reports, 1944-2013.
Annual reports of the county highway department. Reports for the years 1951 and 2000 are not included.

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