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The Minnesota Historical Society is the recipient of a Basic Project grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) which will significantly support the cataloging of the Society's unprocessed archival collections. The project targets 4,600 cubic feet of government records and manuscript collections.

Learn more about the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and how its strategic plan helps support non-Federal institutions like the Minnesota Historical Society through grants.

Finding Aid Statistics

This is a picture of our backlog. Each one of the boxes pictured here represents a cubic foot. Now imagine 4,600 of these boxes, all to be processed, inventoried, and cataloged in 18 months!


New and Revised Finding Aids - August 2010

Name/Abstract File No.
Charles Chamblis: An Inventory of His Photograph Collection sv000149
Chamblis was a professional photographer working in the Twin Cites metropolitan area. He photographed events in the African American community, families, the nightclub scene, musicians, fashion models, weddings, and landscape views, mainly in Minneapolis (including downtown views and parks).
Martha W. Cutkomp: An Inventory of Her Oral History oh120
Martha Cutkomp discusses her background, her interest in art, particularly ceramics, her career as a potter, and her time in Minnesota.
Great Northern Railway Company: A Summary Overview of Its Corporate Records 00522
Records include minutes, reports, correspondence and subject files, financial and accounting records, photographs, engineering drawings, land records, engineering and valuation records, advertising literature, timetables, publications, and many other materials documenting the principal staff and operating departments. Those include the offices of the president, secretary, treasurer, and comptroller; the law and land departments; mechanical and chief engineers; public relations and personnel officers; and managers responsible for rail operations. In addition to the "main line" materials are records of more than 300 branch lines, subsidiaries, and related companies. They include rail and highway transport, oil and mineral, land and townsite, power, irrigation, steamship, lumbering, and stockholding firms dispersed geographically from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound.
Great Northern Railway Company. Engineering Department: An Inventory of the Chief Engineer's Subject Files 00665
Subject files (1890-1970) of the chief engineers contain much information on the construction, maintenance, and improvement of railway lines throughout the Great Northern system, as well as the various architectural structures serving the rail lines including stations and ancillary buildings, water towers, bridges, and docks.
Hennepin County: An Inventory of Its Marriage, Birth, and Death Records gr00089
Marriage certificates (1853-1996) and index (1853-1989), birth certificates (1866-1902) and index (ca. 1870-1931), and death certificates (1870-1909) and index (1890-1931).
Morton S. Katz: An Inventory of His Papers 00769
Correspondence, diary (1942), photographs, newspaper clippings, and a few miscellaneous items (1942-1945) relating to a U.S. Army officer who served in the Quartermaster Corps from March, 1942 to November, 1945. He spent most of his service in Australia as a subsistence specialist dealing with the acquisition and distribution of perishable foodstuffs in the Pacific Theater.
E. Robert Kinney: An Inventory of His Oral History oh121
E. Robert Kinney talks about his early life in Maine, his crab-canning business, the acquisition of the business by Gorton's, his term as a leader in Gorton's and its merger with General Mills, his tenure as president, chairman, and CEO of General Mills, and his impressions of life in Minnesota.
Legislature: House: An Inventory of Its Committee Books gr00073
Minutes and record of bills acted upon by standing committees and their subcommittees.
Legislature: Senate: An Inventory of Its Committee Books gr00074
Minutes and record of bills acted upon by standing committees and their subcommittees.
Charles A. Lindbergh: An Inventory of a Photograph Album sv000152
Views of Lindbergh's Army air cadet training at Ellington Field and Kelly Field, and views of towns in Texas and Mexico. Compiled by Charles A. Lindbergh. Includes 8 pages of descriptive notes by C.A. Lindbergh.
Northern Pacific Railway Company: A Summary Overview of Its Corporate Records 00521
"Records include minutes, reports, correspondence and subject files, financial and accounting records, photographs, engineering drawings, land records, engineering and valuation records, advertising literature, timetables, publications, and many other materials documenting the principal staff and operating departments. Those include the offices of the president, secretary, treasurer, and comptroller; the law and land departments; mechanical and chief engineers; public relations and personnel officers; and general managers and other roadway operating officials. Also included are records of nearly 200 branch lines, subsidiaries, and related companies. They include rail and highway transport, oil and mineral, land and townsite, power, irrigation, steamship, lumbering, and stockholding firms dispersed geographically from the Great Lakes to Puget Sound."
Albert H. Quie: An Inventory of His Congressional Papers 00208
Congressional files of Albert H. Quie (Republican), who represented Minnesota's first district from 1958 through 1978 and went on to serve as governor of the state from 1979 to 1983.
Rochester State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Patient Registers and Indexes gr00099
Alphabetical indexes (1879-1951) and chronological registers (1879-1965) of patients admitted to the Rochester State Hospital.
Early Views of Saint Paul: An Inventory of a Photograph Album sv000151
Views of St. Paul businesses, churches, residences, public buildings, and street scenes. Also includes views of Minneapolis, Fort Snelling, Red River ox carts and Dakota Indians. Views dated ca. 1841-1876 but the actual postcards were created at a later date.
Mulford Q. Sibley: An Inventory of His Papers 00318
Biographical materials (1924-1994), correspondence (1934-1989), literary works and manuscripts (1932-1986), and teaching materials (1934-1986) related to Mulford Quickert Sibley, an avowed Quaker and socialist who taught political science and American studies at the University of Minnesota.
Edson W. Spencer: An Inventory of His Oral History oh122
Edson W. Spencer discusses his early life and education, his service in the U.S. Navy, his careers at Sears and Honeywell and the international aspects of both careers, his time as president and CEO at Honeywell, Honeywell Inc.'s ventures into the computer industry, and his work with the Ford and Mayo Clinic Foundations.
Zimmerman Family: An Inventory of a Photograph Album sv000153
A dismantled album containing portraits of Zimmerman family members. Includes a full-length portrait of photographer Charles A. Zimmerman with tripod and stereo lens, portraits of Edward O. and Paul Zimmerman who partnered with Charles as Zimmerman Brothers, portraits of Charles' mother, wife, and daughter, and portraits of other family members. The majority are unidentified.


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