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Winter is upon us. These pictures come from the President's Office subject files (Nos. 227 and 231) of the Northern Pacific Railway Company records. This gigantic series of correspondence and related records now has finding aids that are available online for the first time.

The 916 boxes of records in this collection share over 70 years of correspondence that kept the presidents and senior officers of the company informed. In the winter, weather emergencies were a huge issue and equipment was needed to help keep the trains running. Below is a view of the Russell Snow Plow No. 27 stuck in the snow in the February storm of 1946 which halted all train services in the Minnesota/North Dakota territory for a period of four days, diverted 935 rail cars, and cost an estimated $187,000 in lost revenue. To the right is a Diesel-Electric Rotary Snow Plow No. 205099, which was completely redesigned and rebuilt in 1949 to perform better in emergencies of this kind.


Diesel-Electric Rotary Snow Plow No. 205099, 1949Diesel-Electric Rotary Snow Plow No. 205099, 1949


View of Russell Snow Plow No. 27 when stuck in snow, February 6, 1946View of Russell Snow Plow No. 27 when stuck in snow, February 6, 1946



New and Updated Finding Aids - November 2014

Name/Abstract File No.
Attorney General: Natural Resources Division: An Inventory of Its Legal Files Relating to Minnesota Ojibwe Bands gr00856
Litigation and subject files relating to various Ojibwe bands and reservations in Minnesota, including the Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth, Grand Portage, Bois Forte, and Fond du Lac bands.
Leonard W. Levine: An Inventory of his Saint Paul City Council Clippings Scrapbooks 01175
Indexed scrapbooks of stories about city government and politics clipped from the pages of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the St. Paul Dispatch newspapers by Saint Paul City Council member Leonard (Len) Levine during his years on the council. The news stories highlight many of the major issues facing the city in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Lower Minnesota River Watershed District: An Inventory of Its Records gr00858
Records of this watershed district established on March 23, 1960 to plan projects and improvements for conservation of waters within the district, which encompasses those portions of Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Scott counties adjacent to the Minnesota River.
Minnesota Library Association: An Inventory of Its Records 00409
Board, division, section, round table, committee, conference, and other records of the Minnesota Library Association, a statewide association of library professionals.
Northern Pacific Railway Company. President: An Inventory of It's Subject Files (Nos. 1-728) 01040
Subject files, the principal series of correspondence and related records, of the Northern Pacific president's office.
Northern Pacific Railway Company. President: An Inventory of It's Subject Files (Nos. 729-2981) 01162
Subject files, the principal series of correspondence and related records, of the Northern Pacific president's office.
Public Welfare Department: Public Institutions Division: An Inventory of Its Correspondence gr00854
Documenting the activities and duties of the Public Institutions Division, the files mainly concern its relationship with the state's hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities.
Public Welfare Department: Public Institutions Division: An Inventory of Its Subject Files gr00855
Subject files documenting the various activities and duties of the Public Institutions Division.
Ramsey County: Welfare Department: An Inventory of Its Miscellaneous Records gr00857
Scrapbooks (1929-1968), burial certificate stubs (1940-1966), Ramsey County Alms House inmate registers (1913-1944; with some admission information back to 1883) and burial records (1895-1923), and Ramsey County Home/Nursing Home visitor register (1951-1961), patient index cards (1920s-1990s), and death record books (1995-1998).
Sweetser Family: An Inventory of Their Letters 00552
Letters between several generations and members of the Sweetser family of Athol, Mass., New York, N.Y., and Minneapolis, Minn., as well as the Higgins family of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Minneapolis, who were related to the Sweetser family by marriage. Included as well are some account books of Horatio and Teresa Sweetser.
Willmar State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Administrative Records gr00302
Documenting the activities of hospital administration, the records contain minutes, financial materials, reports, and related materials.

New and Updated Catalog Records

AFSCME. Council 91 (Minn.). Local 8 and Local 2508 Strike Records, 1973-1976.
Newsletters, clippings, and profiles of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 91 Local 8 candidates (1973-1974); Local 8 Executive Board meetings and related materials (1974-1975); and snapshot photographs of Local 2508 members on strike (1976).
Rood, Florence, 1873-1944. Florence and Marjorie Rood and family papers, 1878-1944.
Poetry of St. Paul teachers Florence and Marjorie Rood and various family papers, including an unattributed account (1938) of a train trip from Chicago to New Orleans, other points in the South, and back to Indiana; a baby book (1920) of and poetry composed for nephew Richard W. Hallstrom; and genealogical correspondence and data on the Chase, Chase-Cole, Elden-Pike, Follansbee, Johnston, Kinne, Newton-Rood, Sands, and Small families.
Smith, Elmer H. Elmer H. Smith hunting and fishing log books, 1948-1949.
Log books of a goose hunt in Neilburg, Saskatchewan (1948) and a Hudson Bay fishing trip (1949) created by Minneapolis businessman Elmer Smith as mementos of the trips for the partaking individuals.
Wolff, Herman. Goose hunting in Saskatchewan : October, 1947.
Log book including typed journal entries and photographs documenting an October 1947 goose hunting trip to Saskatchewan taken by a group of Twin Cities men that included Herman Wolff, Vernon D. E. Smith, Eddie Smith, Malcolm Pearson, Leif R. Strand, Steve O'Donnell, Ainsley Thorson, Roy Swanson, Patrick Kilroy, and Clarence Levy.

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