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Ernest Oberholtzer and Billy Magee, 1912


The Minnesota Historical Society recently acquired an addition of lantern slides to the Ernest C. Oberholtzer Sound and Visual Collection. Complementing the films and sound recordings already in the collection, these 110 black and white and hand-colored lantern slides document Oberholtzer's 2,000 mile, four-month canoe trip to Hudson Bay, Canada in 1912 with Billy Magee, his Ojibwe canoeing partner. The trek, which led them through the largely uncharted Canadian Barren Lands, made Oberholtzer a legendary figure among wilderness enthusiasts and the resulting images that he took along the way document the landscapes, wildlife, and indigenous people that he and Magee encountered along the way.



New and Updated Finding Aids - June 2016

Name/Abstract File No.
Agricultural Society: An Inventory of Its Century Farm Applications gr00094
Application forms for residents who wished to have their farms declared century farms, signifying that the farm had been in the same family for 100 or more years. This was begun as a joint project between the State Fair and the Farmer magazine; later the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation became the co-sponsor. Beginning in 2009, sesquicentennial (150 years) farms forms are included.
Archives Commission: An Inventory of Its Records Disposition Files gr01180
These files were compiled by the Minnesota Historical Society's State Archives Department in its capacity as secretary to the State Records Disposition Panel. They include approved records retention schedules, approved records disposal applications, and related correspondence, appraisal reports, memoranda, microfilm test reports, and local government agencies' notification of adoption of general schedules.
Carol Connolly: An Inventory of Her Family Papers 00149
Carol ConnollyThe Carol Connolly papers include correspondence, minutes, memoranda, legal documents, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and other printed material documenting the activities of Saint Paul poet, playwright, columnist, activist, and politician, Carol Connolly. Family papers include World War II correspondence and other materials from Connolly's cousins Clayton Kenneth Brubaker and Russell Edward Mund as well as a memorial resolution honoring Connolly's grandfather James A. Larson.
Geological Society of Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Records 00089
Edward Parris Burch Historical materials, articles of incorporation, minutes, rosters, correspondence, newsletters, photographs, and subject files of this statewide nonprofit educational organization formed to foster interest in the geology of Minnesota. The subject files document the trips, lectures, and programs of the organization, including its project to install bronze markers at points of geological interest.
Sam Hanson: An Inventory of His Papers 01241
Sam Hanson Correspondence, memoranda, photographs, speeches and speech notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, memorabilia, and articles by and about Sam Hanson (1939- ), an attorney with the Briggs & Morgan law firm who served as a justice on the Minnesota Court of Appeals (2000-2002) and as an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court (2002-2007). Most of the materials pertain to Hanson's court appointments and service.

Includes digital content.
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.
Mower County: Sheriff: An Inventory of Its Jail Registers gr01181
Registers of persons incarcerated in the county jail, giving a variety of identifying and personal information, and data on offense and sentence.
Ernest C. Oberholtzer: An Inventory of His Sound and Visual Collection sv000035
Ernest Oberholtzer and Billy Magee Films, audiorecordings, and photographs taken by explorer, conservation, and writer, Ernest C. Oberholtzer. The collection documents Oberholtzer's canoe travels, the natural environment, and Ojibwe life in the Minnesota-Ontario border lakes region. Included in this collection are lantern slides documenting Oberholtzer's 1912 canoe trip to Hudson Bay, Canada with Billy Magee.

Includes digital content.
Polk County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case File Transcripts and Related Papers gr01182
Transcripts and related papers covering ten cases involving personal injury, breach of promise, delinquent taxes, divorce, land ownership, fraud, and formation of the Sand Hill River Drainage and Conservancy District. Parties involved include the Kiewel Brewery Company, First Trust Company, City of Crookston, and the Peterson Biddick Company.
Polk County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case Files gr01183
Files numbered 0-½ to 19542.
Polk County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Probate Case Files gr00679
Case file nos. 1-38 and 181C, all related to the admission of dependent children to the State Public School in Owatonna or the Faribault State School and Hospital in Faribault. Includes unnumbered case files (1889-1933). There are also papers regarding the opening of the State Hospital Farm for Inebriates in Willmar.
Ramsey County: Saint Paul: Public Works Department: Bridge Division: An Inventory of Its Drawings, Blueprints, and Plans gr01188
Paper, linen, and blueprint drawings of all aspects of bridge construction and reconstruction, including proposals, cross sections, piers, masonry, elevations, abutments, spans, trusses, electrical, girders, railings, retaining walls, and bents. The materials document many of St. Paul's bridges, with particularly large runs for the Fort Snelling, Lafayette, Minnehaha Street, Sixth Street, and Wabasha Street bridges.
Soo Line Railroad Company: An Inventory of Its Company Records 00343
Records of Minneapolis-based Soo Line Railroad Company, a grain and timber products carrier serving the upper Midwest and providing U.S. connections for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Included are records of predecessor companies Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, Wisconsin Central Railroad, and Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railroad, as well as more than 80 other branch lines, predecessors, subsidiaries, and related companies.
Transportation Department: An Inventory of Its Audio Visual Materials gr00100
Trunk Highway 35WPhotograph prints and negatives and movie reels depicting highway construction and repair projects; road-building equipment and technology; road crews and field camps; dedication ceremonies for completed transportation projects; project sites prior to road construction, showing neighborhoods, commercial buildings, residences, and bridges; historic site markers; and miscellaneous Transportation Department activities.

Includes digital content.
Twin Cities Musicians Union Local 30-73 Photograph Collection sv000192
Views of union activities, including social events and Minnesota Opera strike in 1993. Bulk of the collection is views of musicians and musical groups, many are unidentified. Also includes one folder of promotional materials.
United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Dakota Superintendency: An Inventory of Its Records 00298
Letters received and sent, accounts, and miscellany concerning all aspects of the administration of Indian affairs within the jurisdiction of the Dakota Superintendency, 1861-1870 and 1877-1878. They primarily concern the several Dakota groups but also including at various times bands from other tribes.
United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Superintendent of Indian Trade: An Inventory of Its Records 00344
The superintendent of Indian trade was responsible for purchasing trade goods, shipping them to the frontier, and receiving and disposing of furs. The letters communicate with factors or supervisors, businessmen, purchasing agents, and American consuls in other countries regarding these activities.
United States. Office of Indian Affairs: An Inventory of Its List of Sioux Scouts & Soldiers 00334
A list of members of the Sisseton, Wahpeton, Mdewakanton, and Wahpekute bands of Dakota Indians who served as scouts or soldiers of the U.S. Army during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the Civil War, and of their heirs. It was compiled by special agent Samuel H. Elrod to determine their eligibility for annuity payments authorized by an 1891 act of Congress.
United States. Office of Indian Affairs: An Inventory of Its Records Concerning Traders' Claims Against the Chippewas and Winnebagos 00097
Selected accounts, with related memoranda, of goods furnished on credit by various traders to Ojibwe and Winnebago Indians, submitted to document the traders' claims for reimbursement. Most of the accounts consist of ledger pages detailing the items sold to specific individuals.
Washington County: Board of County Commissioners: An Inventory of Its Minutes and Agenda Packets gr01187
Washington County: Sheriff: An Inventory of Its Jail Registers gr01186
Information that may be recorded: name, date, age, height, hair color, complexion, race, occupation, county of origin, literacy, marital status, by whom sent, what for, term, and why discharged.
Yellow Medicine County: Assessor: An Inventory of Its Assessment Rolls gr01185
Assessment rolls for the civil subdivisions of Yellow Medicine County, recording the value of taxable real and personal property for the sample years 1940-1941, 1950-1951, 1960-1961, 1980-1981, and 1990-1991.
Yellow Medicine County: Auditor: An Inventory of Its Tax Lists gr01184
Tax lists for the civil subdivisions of Yellow Medicine County, recording the taxes assessed and paid on real and personal property for the sample years 1940-1941, 1950-1951, 1960-1961, 1970-1971, 1980-1981, and 1990-1991.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Cornelius Company (Anoka, Minn.). Cornelius Company records, 1935-2014 (bulk 1935-1970).
Company histories, photographs, correspondence, prospectuses and notices of annual stockholders meetings, product information, company and employee newsletters, product catalogs, and related materials compiled by Harold Dufresne, project engineer for the Cornelius Company, an Anoka-based manufacturer of beverage-dispensing equipment.
Grant, William Henry, 1829-1901. William Henry Grant papers, 1862-1900.
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers (undated, 1891-1900) of Saint Paul lawyer William Henry Grant, including petitions and resolutions about and minutes of reunion meetings of people involved in the Birch Coulee battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the erection of monuments in the Minnesota River Valley; correspondence (1893-1895) with Charles D. Gilfillan regarding the Battle of Birch Coulee; transcript of the dedication ceremony (September 3, 1894) for the Birch Coulee battlefield monument, research notes and copies of orders (1862); newspaper clippings (1892-1894); resolutions (undated), and lists of soldiers (undated).
Hendrickson, Viena Johnson. Viena Rakel Pasanen Johnson Hendrickson and family papers, 1892-1980
Family and biographical data (1892-1980) including news clippings, a transcript of an interview with Viena Hendrickson, application for federal employment, composition books, notebooks (some in Finnish), and scrapbooks detailing the activities of Hendrickson and her parents, Henry A. and Ida Pasanen, and those of her husband, Paul Hiram Hendrickson.
Yellow Medicine County (Minn.). Selective Service Board. Record of service cards, 1940s.
A card for each person who served in the United States armed forces. Information includes name; race; registration address; date enlisted, inducted or commissioned; military branch; birth place; date of birth; and date separated.

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