What's New -- March 2021

Shelving in A-205 While we were on furlough, a project took place that added a significant amount of shelving to our storage space here at the History Center. We had almost filled up our space before Covid hit. When we got back we had some brand new shelving to keep us going hopefully for the next 5+ years! The brand new accession of Le Sueur County court records seen in the picture is the first collection to grace the new shelves! Thanks so much to those of our colleagues who not only moved all of the boxes on the existing shelves to make space for the workers to do their job, but also who continue to put pieces of shelving together for us and do walk-throughs in all of our buildings while many of us are still working from home. They also make sure that our spaces and our collections are safe from leaks, break-ins and many other potential hazards.

THANK YOU to Dan Cagley, Todd Topper, Jason Onerheim, Charlie Rodgers, Perry Schussler, and all the other people that we do not always see who are making sure that our buildings remain safe and functioning through all of this. We really really appreciate you!


In honor of the recent celebration of the festival of Holi this last weekend, we are also celebrating the digitization of videos in the Hindu Society of Minnesota records! Hindu Society


New and Updated Finding Aids - March 2021

Name/Abstract File No.
Bemidji Development Corporation (Bemidji, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Corporate records P2184
Records of a nonprofit industrial development corporation formed in 1962 and sponsored by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce to establish and develop an industrial park at Bemidji, Minnesota.
Brown County, Minnesota: An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00111
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Brown County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
Commission of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans: An Inventory of Its Records gr00098
Lynette BoyerRecords of this governor appointed commission that advocates for equal opportunity for Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

Includes digital content.
Conservation Department: Forestry Division: An Inventory of Its Photographs and Papers of Lawrence B. Ritter gr01924
Photograph albums (approximately 1926-1935), loose photographs and/or negatives (1926-1957, 1980), and blister rust control documents (approximately 1942-1986) kept by Lawrence B. Ritter, forestry employee (1929-1964) and white pine blister rust control expert.
Conservation Department: Game and Fish Division: An Inventory of Its Drainage Files gr01913
Files of David B. Vesall, assistant supervisor, Bureau of Wildlife Development, and Richard J. Dorer, supervisor, Bureau of Wildlife Development, concerning drainage and ditch improvement projects, mainly on proposed or active croplands, that affected wildlife (especially waterfowl) habitat and lake levels.
Control Board: An Inventory of Its Proceedings of Quarterly Conferences of State Institutions gr01925
Proceedings of quarterly conferences of the Board of Control with the superintendents of the state institutions, containing copies of addresses and transcripts or minutes of discussion sessions covering topics relating to: administrative problems, such as recruitment and training of personnel and inventory control; medical treatment, education and training, or rehabilitation of institutionalized persons; construction and maintenance of institution buildings; and general trends in the social welfare field.
Control Board: An Inventory of Its Published Records gr01926
Published laws, directories, standards, manuals, reports, and miscellany.
Corrections Department: An Inventory of Its Statistical Reports gr01927
Mimeographed, Xeroxed, and near-print statistical data compiled by the Corrections Department relating to adult and juvenile correctional institutions.
Corrections Department: Commissioner's Office: An Inventory of Its Subject Files of Will C. Turnbladh gr01928
Correspondence, memos, reports, minutes, newspaper clippings, and other material regarding revisions of the criminal code and other legislation, personnel matters, professional associations, and the administration of the state's correctional facilities.
Cottonwood County, Minnesota : An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00085
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
Hindu Society of Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Records p2648
Video iconCorrespondence, minutes (1978-1992), financial records (1978-1991), historical information (1978-2004), constitutions and bylaws (1978-2003), directories, newspaper articles (2003), newsletters, photographs and illustrations, and video recordings documenting an organization established in 1977 to serve the religious, cultural, and social needs of the burgeoning Indian community in Minnesota.

Includes digital content.
Le Sueur County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil and Criminal Case Files gr01937
Files numbered 1-18705.
Le Sueur County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil and Criminal Registers of Actions gr01934
Registers of action for civil and criminal cases. Each entry may include the calendar (case file) number, names of the parties in the case, papers filed, names of persons subpoenaed, date files, fees, and remarks.
Le Sueur County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Coroner's Records gr01938
Coroner's records of Le Sueur County District Court.
Le Sueur County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Judgment Records gr01935
Judgment records of Le Sueur County District Court.
Le Sueur County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Plaintiffs and Defendants Indexes gr01936
Plaintiffs and defendants indexes; 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.
Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center: An Inventory of Its Records 01352
Headphones icon Records of the natural education, research, and programming organization of the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center located near Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. The records consists of: land management and administrative records; printed materials, including brochures, newsletters, press releases, maps, and ephemera; annual reports; newspaper clippings; program planning and event material; records regarding financing and planning by various foundations; photographs; scrapbooks; historical publications and articles; exhibit design; and audiovisual records.

Includes digital content.
Metropolitan Council: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports gr01923
Reports, newsletters, and miscellaneous print and near-print items of or about the Metropolitan Council.
Metropolitan Council: Environment Committee: An Inventory of Its Records gr01922
Minutes, agendas, business items and resolutions, and other meeting files.
Metropolitan Waste Control Commission: An Inventory of Its Minutes gr00273
Agendas and minutes of meetings of the commission and its predecessor, the Metropolitan
Sewer Board of the Twin Cities Area.
Metropolitan Waste Control Commission: An Inventory of Its Motions and Resolutions gr01921
Motions and resolutions of the commission and its predecessor, the Metropolitan Sewer Board of the Twin Cities Area.
Pine County: Barry Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01914
Birth and death register (1902-1908), birth and death certificate records (1906, 1908, 1941-1953), and burial permits (1923-1936).
Pine County: Bremen Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01915
Birth and death certificate records (1903-1952) and burial/removal permit (1943).
Pine County: Pine City: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01916
Birth and death registers (1883-1913), birth and death certificate records (1913-1941), and burial and transportation of corpse permits, many apparently for burial in the Pine City cemetery.
Pine County: Pine Lake Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01917
Birth (1895-1900) and death (1895-1899) registers; birth (1905-1951) and death 1908-1953) certificate records, with partial index; and burial/removal permits (1921-1922).
Pine County: Pokegama Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01918
Birth registers (1896-1909), death registers (1898-1908), birth and death certificate records (1907-1952), and burial/removal permits (1907-1925).
Pine County: Royalton Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01919
Birth (1880-1952) and death (1881-1953) registers.
Pine County: Sturgeon Lake Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01920
Birth and death register (1900-1907) and certificate records (1908-1953).
Public Safety Commission: Woman's Committee of Ramsey County: An Inventory of Its Americanization Survey Cards gr00967
Ward 1, Precincts 2-8.Demographic data collected during a survey of families residing in St. Paul (including North St. Paul), conducted by the Public Safety Commission's Woman's Committee of Ramsey County in preparation for future Americanization work among the foreign-born.

Includes digital content.
Ramsey County: Boys Totem Town: An Inventory of Its Records gr01933
Includes inmate records, photographs and photograph albums, scrapbooks, selected subject files, and published records and reports.
Ramsey County: Roseville: An Inventory of Its Records gr00747
Records documenting the activities of the city administration and the municipal court.
Ramsey County: St. Paul: School Records: Central High School: An Inventory of Its Central High School Records gr00134
Onward Central: The First 150 Years of St. Paul Central High SchoolRecords including historical data; programs, invitations, and handbooks; pupil lists; class of 1928 records; subject files; scrapbooks; and photographs, documenting a wide variety of school activities and events. Also includes correspondence and newspaper clippings about former pupil Amelia Earhart.

Includes digital content.
Ramsey County: St. Paul: School Records: Monroe High School: An Inventory of Its Records gr01932
Graduate lists (1942-1977); various student activity programs (1940-1983), including commencements, proms, and reunions; student handbooks (1967-1970s); event tickets (1949-1975); newspaper clippings (photocopies, 1936-1940); Monroe Community School graduation invitations (1984, 1987) and Monroe Band Parents minutes (1957-1965); photographs of the school building (undated); and photographs (1940s-1972) of various extra-curricular student activities, home economics classes, a nursery school staffed by Monroe students, and a dedication of the school's peace playground.
Robina Foundation (Minneapolis, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 01369
Policies and procedures manual, 2008-2015.Records of the Robina Foundation, a philanthropic organization supporting educational, law, medical, theatre arts, and international relations research, scholarship, and programming. Collection includes Board minutes, policy and procedures manual, organizational Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation.

Includes digital content.
United Church of Christ. Minnesota Conference: An Inventory of Its Conference Records at the Minnesota Historical Society 00098
Correspondence, subject files, minutes, financial records, annual meeting and committee files, and records of and about individual congregations, all documenting the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ (formed in 1957) and its merged predecessors, the Congregational Conference of Minnesota and the Northern Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
Watonwan County, Minnesota : An Inventory of Telephone Directories lb00062
A collection of telephone directories for cities in Watonwan County, Minnesota. Telephone directories are published by telephone companies and include alphabetical listings of residential and business phone numbers and street addresses in the white pages, and a listing of businesses arranged by subject in the yellow pages. Each entry on the inventory lists the city name, year of coverage, and the shelf number of the printed volume or microfiche set which includes that city.
Winona County: An Inventory of Delayed Birth and Death Records gr01929
Delayed birth certificates (1870-1908), delayed birth registrations (approximately 1864-1946), delayed birth affidavits (1886-1902), and delayed death certificates (1904-1953).
Winona County: Superintendent of Schools: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr00398
Records documenting the administration and activities of the superintendent of school's office.
Winona County: Superintendent of Schools: An Inventory of Its School Census gr01930
Cover the City of Winona and rural districts.
George B. Wright and Family: An Inventory of Their Papers 00227
Correspondence, undated, 1785-1852.Correspondence, survey notes, land records, legal and financial papers, scrapbooks, and other materials relating to the family of George B. Wright, a Fergus Falls (Otter Tail County, Minnesota) businessman and promoter.

Includes digital content.
Wright County: Clearwater: An Inventory of Its Records gr01939
Includes council meeting minutes, resolutions and petitions, annexation papers, ordinances, annual budgets, recreation committee minutes, clerk's and treasurer's registers of receipts and disbursements, clerk's and treasurer's annual financial statements, audit reports, election records, and records of the Clearwater Volunteer Firemen's Benefit Association and the municipal liquor store.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Gilchrist, James Grant, 1842-1906. James Grant Gilchrist scrapbook, 1862-1881.
Scrapbook created by homeopathic physician Dr. James Grant Gilchrist. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, an excerpt of an index of patients seen, and printed ephemera. Most of the scrapbook contains clippings of articles written by Gilchrist as well as other articles documenting his professional and personal interests. The scrapbook also contains patient names and the date of their treatments, revealing that bound book was formerly used by Gilchrist to document his practice prior to being used as a scrapbook. The last part of the scrapbook consists of printed ephemera such as handbills, circular letters, business cards, invoices, letterhead, and prescription cards used by Gilchrist.
Minnesota. District Court (Le Sueur County). Record of bonds and oaths, approximately 1873-1993.
Volume A. Includes township, and village/city bond and oath records.
New American Movement (Organization), Minneapolis Chapter (Minneapolis, Minn.). New American Movement, Minneapolis Chapter records, 1969-1980.
Records created by the New American Movement, Minneapolis Chapter, as well as printed materials from the national organization and affiliated organizations. Includes foundational documents for the Minneapolis Chapter (1971-1972); member correspondence (1972-1974); local chapter publications and newsletters (1972-1974); national publications (1972, 1976); press clippings (1969-1970s); small posters, pamphlets and brochures (1970s); printed materials from sponsored and affiliated organizations and projects (1969-1980); and one page of handwritten notes likely written by New American Movement member Marion Raup of Saint Paul (undated).
Smuda, Agnes Wolohan. Agnes Wolohan Smuda collection of Meridel Le Sueur letters, 1972-1988.
Letters and related materials written by author Meridel Le Sueur and collected by composer and musician Agnes Wolohan Smuda. Includes letters by Le Sueur to Smuda (undated, 1972-1988); a typed manuscript of Nora (undated), a poem-play written by Meridel Le Sueur; an event poster (undated); an interview of Meridel Le Sueur in Fresh Air magazine (June 1980); and a small collection of other correspondence written to, by, or about Smuda (1970s). Many of the letters speak of music, including references to Smuda's setting of Le Sueur's texts, Smuda's efforts to compose an opera, and their mutual fondness for the work of Meredith Monk.

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