What's New -- May 2022

Japanese American Citizens' League

Japanese American Citizens' League logoWe've recently made an addition to the records of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens' League, a cultural, social, and civil and human rights organization for people of Japanese ancestry. Materials include minutes of meetings, newsletters, some photographs, some letters, and a scrapbook detailing members' activities, which included anti-discrimination efforts, dinners and social functions, religious services, and the administration of a group insurance program.


George Morrison Papers

We are delighted to share the papers of Ojibwe painter, sculptor, and university professor George Morrison. One of Minnesota's most notable artists, George Morrison is known for his abstract paintings, wood collages, and totemic sculptures. Much of his work focused on natural landscapes and horizon lines. In his six decade career, Morrison garnered international acclaim and is recognized as a founder of Native Modernism.


Jacqueline Kennedy Square Garden, 1997

George Morrison and other Native American artists whose artwork were exhibited at the White House's Jacqueline Kennedy Square Garden, 1997


Born in Chippewa City, Minnesota in 1919, near the Grand Portage Reservation, Morrison left home at a young age to pursue a career in art. His travels led to opportunities abroad and cemented his work in the Abstract Expressionist scene of New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. In this environment, he developed as an abstract artist and educator, and collaborated with important contemporaries of the time, such as Williem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, and Franz Kline. In 1970, Morrison returned to Minnesota. He taught studio art and helped found the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. In his later years, he began to produce abstract work that represented the natural landscapes of his home on Lake Superior and more overtly reflected his cultural heritage.

Wood collage detail, undatedWood collage detail, undated

Morrison exhibit invitation_Provincetown, MA, approximately 1964Exhibit invitation, J. Thomas Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, approximately 1964


George Morrison's papers document Morrison's life and work. This includes genealogical charts, photographs, and historical information regarding his roots in Chippewa City, and the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa of Lake Superior. Personal letters from friends and family, photographs, and Morrison's personal journal and planner document Morrison's personal thoughts, philosophies, and his personal and family life. Interviews, clippings, articles, biographies, and curriculum vitae provide biographical information for Morrison, and additional insight into how Morrison regarded his own work and legacy.

Exhibition materials, business records, and public art project plans and proposals explore the span of his career, including:

• Early student exhibitions at the Art Students League (ASL) of New York City (1943-1946);

• His numerous solo and group exhibitions Morrison held at the Grand Central Art Galleries of New York City (1947-1960s);

• Exhibitions held throughout the East Coast and Midwest (1950s-1970);

• Public art projects and exhibitions Morrison held during his teaching career in Minnesota (1970-1983); and

• Exhibitions following his retirement from teaching (1983-1990s).

The papers also consist of teaching materials from the University of Minnesota, the Rhode Island School of Design, and various colleges that provide insight into Morrison's teaching philosophy, methods, and subject matter.

The collection was cataloged and select materials digitized with generous support of The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation logo



New and Updated Finding Aids - May 2022

Name/Abstract File No.
Agricultural Society: An Inventory of Its Century Farm Applications gr00094
Century Farm report, 1976 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.

Includes digital content.
Anoka County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil and Criminal Case Files gr02247
Files numbered 1-15210. Civil and criminal case files are interfiled in a single numerical sequence.
Hazel Belvo: An Inventory of Her Papers 01365
George Morrison letters and photographs, 1960s-2000 [1 of 4] Personal papers of painter and educator Hazel Belvo. Belvo's papers include her subject files, biographical data such as resumes/vitas, Belvo's undergraduate thesis, and press mentions; and select catalogs from exhibitions. Subject files document Belvo's public engagements, such as teaching and exhibitions, as well as her personal research and interests, and select exhibition and personal files regarding colleagues, mentors, students, and former spouse George Morrison and partner Marcia Cushmore.

Includes digital content.
Carver County: Watertown: Watertown Community Hospital: An Inventory of Its Hospital Records gr02256
Minutes of the board of directors (1957-1979), executive committee (1959-1976), medical staff (1958-1978), medical records and tissue committee (1959-1976), and utilization review committee (1966-1976); hospital bylaws, articles of incorporation, rules and regulations (1957-1976), and financial records (1958-1978); medical staff rules, regulations, and bylaws (1973, 1976), and staff photograph (1979). Also minutes, constitution, bylaws, and membership lists of the hospital auxiliary (1957-1979).
Goodhue County: Welch Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr02136
Chattel mortgage documents, clerk's books, meeting minutes, a receipts and disbursement register, reports of the board of auditors, and treasurer's books.
Hastings State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Patient Card Indexes gr01110
Information for each patient includes name, file number, address, date committed, birthplace, date of birth, marital status, religion, occupation, diagnosis, and remarks.
Health Department: An Inventory of Its Community Cooperative Council on HIV/AIDS Prevention Records gr02248
The records include bylaws and revisions, 2006-2013; 2008 Annual Progress Report to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for HIV Prevention Activities, May 2009; and meeting minutes and agenda packets, 2006-2015.
Health Department: Vital Statistics Division: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01462
Becker-Pipestone County Various birth and death records collected by the division. Birth and death registers (1900-1903), supplemental birth listing (1900-1903), late birth returns (1887-1902), returns of delayed deaths (1887-1900), death record cards (approximately 1888-1900), birth record cards (1832, 1873-1907), annotated birth record cards (1900-1907), birth certificates (1907-2001), birth and death indexes (1936-1939), and death cards and certificates (1900-1955).

Includes digital content.
Hennepin County: Hennepin County Home School: An Inventory of Its Records gr01992
Includes admission and discharge records (1922-1995), financial records (1943-2001), meeting minutes and annual reports (1992-2005), subject files (1911-2015), and published records and reports (1958-2005). Also includes recipe cards, photographs, scrapbooks and other related records.
Hubert H. Humphrey: An Inventory of His Papers 00720
Hubert H. HumphreyPapers of a Democratic United States senator from Minnesota and Vice President of the United States. Include sets of files detailing various aspects of Humphrey's life and career, including his service as mayor of Minneapolis (1945-1948), his first tenure as United States Senator (1949-1964), his service as Lyndon B. Johnson's Vice President (1965-1969), his final terms as United States Senator (1971-1978), materials pertaining to election campaigns, and to his family and personal life.

Includes digital content.
Itasca County: Grand Rapids: Justice of the Peace: An Inventory of Its Criminal Dockets gr02253
Dockets of justices Carl J. (Eiler?) (1958 June-September) and Frank Sherman (1959-1961).
Itasca County: Grand Rapids Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr02254
Justice docket (1905-1915); treasurer's registers of receipts and disbursements (1921-1954); and financial reports of the Itasca-Calvary Cemetery Association (1910-1935).
Japanese American Citizens' League. Twin Cities Chapter: An Inventory of Its Organizational Records 01447
Japanese American Citizens' League logo Correspondence, minutes, newsletters, photographs, and a scrapbook of the Twin Cities (Minnesota) chapter of a national organization established in 1929 to promote and protect the welfare and civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry in the United States, and whose scope was later broadened to include all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Le Sueur County: Elysian: Justice of the Peace: An Inventory of Its Docket Books gr02255
Civil (1931-1972, incomplete) and criminal (1930, 1940-1960, incomplete) dockets of justices E. O Jarstad, Fred H. Richter, G. B. Gooding, Carl L. Anderson, Ralph Edwards, Curtis Ellingsworth, W. J. Latimer, Samuel A. Terrell, Walter W. Frank, L. R. Dossett, Dwight Thomas Hill, and Mary Grothe.
Legislature: Senate: An Inventory of Its Senate Journals (Manuscript) gr02258
Handwritten record of proceedings of each day's meeting of the Senate.
McLeod County: Auditor: An Inventory of Its Road Petitions gr02257
County road petitions and related papers (1885-1889, 1907-1927, 1981), bridge petitions (1887, 1907, 1915, 1924, 1982), and reports of the Minnesota Road Improvement Association's Good Roads conventions (1893-1896).
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 Ambassadorial Papers 00697_Ambassadorial
Ambassadorial LetterCorrespondence, briefing material, meeting files, speeches, news clippings, video and sound recordings from Mondale's term as Ambassador to Japan (1993-1996) and Special Envoy to Indonesia (1998).

Includes digital content.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Personal Papers 00697_Personal
Mondale and FamilyMondale's personal papers document his family, education, military service, and political activities. Included are correspondence, telephone logs, photographs, memorabilia, and drafts of a Mondale biography written by Steven M. Gillon.

Includes digital content.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Political Papers and Campaign Files 00697_Political
Mondale/FerraroPolitical papers and campaign files (1934-2020) include materials from Mondale's 1962 Attorney General campaign, his 1962 Senate appointment, the 1966 and 1972 Senate campaign, the 1976 and 1980 Presidential campaigns where Mondale ran as Jimmy Carter's Vice President, extensive files from the 1984 Presidential campaign in which Mondale ran for President against Ronald Reagan, Mondale's 2002 Senate campaign following Paul Wellstone's unexpected death, and his role as a senior statesman following his years in public office.

Includes digital content.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Vice Presidential Papers 00697_Vice
Walter F. MondaleVice presidential materials include scheduling and appointment files, central correspondence and subject files, assorted domestic policy and briefing materials, trip files, speeches, press releases, photographs, sound recordings, and moving images as well as the files of chief of staff Richard Moe, Senate relations assistant Bill Smith, executive assistant Jim Johnson, and files of a task force to study the public financing of election campaigns. National security and foreign affairs files from Mondale's vice-presidency are held by the Office of Presidential Libraries and housed at the Jimmy Carter Library. A small number of these files, including his reports on meetings with foreign leaders and agenda materials for the foreign policy breakfasts and his weekly meetings with Carter, have been declassified and copies are available as part of the Walter F. Mondale papers. A small set of historical and reference files are also included.

Includes digital content.
George Morrison: An Inventory of His Papers 01435
George MorrisonPersonal papers of Ojibwe painter, sculptor, and university professor George Morrison. The papers document his artwork, exhibitions, teaching career, business dealings, genealogical background, community involvement and public projects, and personal and family life.

Includes digital content.
Ramsey County: St. Paul: Justice of the Peace: An Inventory of Its Dockets and Indexes gr02243
Justices Delaney (1936-1945); Mallory (1945-1946); Ferguson (1946-1964); McGrath (1937-1950); Meis (1944-1945); Kelly (1923-1928); Doyle (1927-1934); and Dudley (1934-1936). Also includes Bollan; McMartin; McArthur; E. Johnson; J. Smith; Latta; Stoven; Niles; Weaver; H. Smith; and Nash.
Redwood County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case File Transcripts and Depositions gr02244
Supplements to the main set of civil case files. Many concern the liquidation of state banks.
Redwood County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case Files gr02245
Case File Nos. 2-12523.
Redwood County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Criminal Case Files gr02246
Case file nos. 1-29 (1867-1881) and 1-1695 (1878-1960).
Roseau County: County Court: An Inventory of Its Judgment Books gr02252
Civil judgment book (1975-1980), family division judgments (1975-1979), and civil, family, and child support orders and judgments (1972-1977).
Roseau County: District Court: An Inventory of Its Criminal Case Files gr02249
Files 2-743 (1896-1957) and unnumbered cases (1893-1906). Gaps exist among the early case numbers; the files remain tri-folded.
Roseau County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Insanity Record Books gr02251
Petitions in insanity, reports of jury or board of examiners, and related orders and committal documents. Some record books include entries from later years in-between pages.
Roseau County: Probate Court: An Inventory of Its Will Books gr02250
Copies or transcriptions of the complete texts of wills probated by the courts, accompanied by certifications of authenticity and of filing signed by witnesses and clerks of court. Original wills are found in the probate case files.
Veterans Affairs Department: Hastings Veterans Home: An Inventory of Its Records gr01322
Admission and discharge register (1978-2013) and minutes (2002-2016) of various committees and councils of the Hastings Veterans Home.
Watonwan County: Adrian Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02232
Birth and death registers (1871-1908) and certificate record books (1908-1953), and a report of a death (1898).
Watonwan County: Antrim Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02233
Birth (1918-1945) and death (1918-1953) certificate records, and index to birth and death certificates (1941-1953).
Watonwan County: Butterfield: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02234
Birth and death register (1895-1953) and certificate records (1908-1953), and stillbirth certificate record (1952).
Watonwan County: Butterfield Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02235
Birth and death registers (1876-1951) and certificate records (1895, 1921), and burial, removal, or cremation permit (1933).
Watonwan County: Fieldon Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02236
Birth and death registers (1871-1909), birth and death certificate records (1907-1952) and index (1941-1952), reports of births (1890-1907) and deaths (1890-1898), and burial/removal permits (1924-1942).
Watonwan County: Madelia: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02237
Birth and death registers (1900-1907), birth (1908-1941, 1952) and death (1916-1941, 1951-1952) certificate records, report of a death (1903), burial/removal permits (1927-1932, 1952), and Madelia Hospital death record book (1922-1950).
Watonwan County: Madelia Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02238
Birth and death registers (1870-1910) and certificate record books (1906-1952), burial/removal permits ((1907-1947), and transportation of corpse permits (1913, 1939).
Watonwan County: Nelson Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02239
Birth and death register (1871-1907) and certificate records (1908-1952), and burial/removal permit (1939).
Watonwan County: Odin: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02240
Birth and death register (1902-1908), birth (1908-1940) and death (1914-1950) certificate records, and burial/removal permit (1930).
Watonwan County: Odin Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02241
Birth and death registers (1888-1907) and certificate record books (1908-1952).
Watonwan County: Riverdale Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr02242
Birth and death registers (1871-1907), birth (1908-1947) and death (1908-1953) certificate records, and burial/removal permit (1941).

New and Updated Catalog Records

Bren, Edward W., 1913-2001.
Correspondence and papers of Hopkins, Minnesota resident Edward W. Bren, who served with the United States Marines in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and his fiancee (later wife) Dorothy May Hockel.
Kamstra, Warren D, 1940-2014.
Twenty-five farm record books, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous materials of Warren and Carolyn Kamstra, who operated a dairy farm near Pease, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota from 1967 to 2001. Miscellaneous materials include a clipping, photograph, and letter detailing Russian visitors to the farm in 1990 under the auspices of Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O' Lakes, Inc.

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