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NHPRC Grant

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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.

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This chart shows the progress we have made over the last three years to provide more description about the different kinds of collections we hold.

What's New will continue to show our progress in reducing our backlog and increasing your access to more collections over the next 18 months.


New and Revised Finding Aids - July 2010

Name/Abstract File No.
Jessie Tarbox Beals: An Inventory of Her Swords and Plowshares Photographs sv000138
Photos in this collection are from the Swords and Plowshares historic pageant by Louis L. Schwartz. The play was produced by the Civic Players of Minneapolis and performed on the steps of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Some photographs are duplicates.
Mercy H. Bowen: An Inventory of Photographs sv000140
Photographs of Harriet Wheeler, wife of Rush B. Wheeler, in her home at 1376 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Minn. Printed from glass negatives in the Minnesota Historical Society collections.
DeMong and Sorenson Families: An Inventory of Photographs sv000142
Views of Jacob and Augusta DeMong, their children Clyde, Jessie and Choral, Jessie's husband Fred P. Sorenson, and Clyde's wife Ethel and their son Vance. Includes views of the DeMong farm in Murray County, Minn., the Sorenson residence at 3336 Forty Fifth Avenue South, Minneapolis and delivery vehicles for J. DeMong & Son Grocers, Minneapolis.
Ignatius Donnelly: An Inventory of His Family Papers 00782
Correspondence, literary materials, pamphlets, speeches, diaries, scrapbooks, financial records, and other materials documenting Donnelly's long and active career as townsite speculator at Nininger (Dakota County, Minn.), politician, author, editor and publisher of three newspapers, lieutenant governor of Minnesota (1860-1863), member of Congress (1863-1869), member of the Minnesota Senate (1874-1878, 1891-1893) and House (1887, 1897), and a national leader in third-party movements. Donnelly's correspondents were numbered by the hundreds and ranged from day laborers and local politicians to figures of national and international fame.
11th Regiment Minnesota Volunteer Infantry: An Inventory of a Photograph Album sv000147
Portraits of members of the 11th Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.
Edward A. Fairbrother: An Inventory of His Photographs sv000144
Views of Fairbrother's family and friends, including his wife (Minnie), children (Walter, Edward, Edith and George), and visits to his parents farm in Copenhagen, Ontario. Fairbrother documented the family's residences in St. Paul and White Bear Lake, Minn., his place of employment (Northern Pacific Railway Company, St.Paul), family gatherings, church picnics, holidays (the family Christmas trees), and visits to Minnehaha Park, Como Park, Duluth, and Stillwater.
Charles P. Gibson: An Inventory of His Photographs sv000136
Views of the exterior of the house, the grounds and White Bear Lake. The house is located on White Bear Lake in Dellwood, Minn. Printed from original nitrate negatives in the Minnesota Historical Society collections.
Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.). President: An Inventory of James J. Hill Correspondence 00790
The records consist mainly of Hill's incoming business correspondence during his career as organizer and president of the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad Company, 1882-1890, and the Great Northern Railway Company, 1890-1907. Also included are scattered letters related to other railroad and corporate interests and to his family.
Henry B. Hall: An Inventory of His Photographs sv000143
Views of buildings, residences, and street scenes in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Printed from original negatives (4x5 in. and 35 mm.) in the Minnesota Historical Society's collections. Contact prints of all negatives are included in the collection and 191 selected frames were printed.
Hennepin County. District Court: An Inventory of Its Civil Case Files and Index gr00087
Civil case files numbers 7-350,000 and indexes to plaintiffs and defendants.
Mary T. Hill: An Inventory of Her Papers 00718
Diaries, letters, financial records, and other materials of Mary T. Hill, wife of St. Paul railroad magnate James J. Hill, focusing largely on family life.
Lake Minnetonka Steamboats: An Inventory of a Photograph Album sv000146
Views of small and large steamboats that operated on Lake Minnetonka, Minn.
Logging Operations: An Inventory of Photographs sv000141
Views of hydraulic equipment loading and cutting logs. Most of the equipment was designed by Leo Heikkinen and manufactured by Prentice Hydraulics Inc., Wisconsin. Also a view of Tomahawk Lumber Co.'s Forest Center, located north of Isabella. The booklets include three advertisements for Prentice products and one commemorating Leo Heikkinen Day in Prentice, Wisc. on Aug. 31, 1996.
Minnesota Works Progress Administration: An Inventory of Its Records 00695
The Works Progress Administration papers collection includes information related to the history of Minnesota collected and prepared under the auspices of the Federal Writers' Project, administrative files, and a photo and negative collection containing numerous views of WPA projects around the state of Minnesota.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Ambassadorial Papers 00697_Ambassadorial
Correspondence, 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).
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Personal Papers 00697_Personal
Mondale'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.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Politcal Papers and Campaign Files 00697_Political
Political papers and campaign files (1934-2004) include materials from Mondale's 1962 Attorney General campaign, 1962 and 1966 Senate campaigns, the 1976 and 1980 Presidential campaigns where Mondale ran as Jimmy Carter's Vice President, and extensive files from the 1984 Presidential campaign in which Mondale ran for President against Ronald Reagan.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Senatorial Papers 00697_Senatorial
Materials from Mondale's U.S. Senate career include schedules and appointments, meeting files, bill and committee files, outgoing correspondence, sampled constituent correspondence and constituent service records, press releases, speeches, radio broadcasts, and news clippings. A large set of wide-ranging issue files kept for each year by Mondale's Senate office concern federal departments, international affairs, domestic matters, and state issues.
Walter F. Mondale: An Inventory of His Vice Presidential Papers 00697_Vice
Vice 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 and Senate relations assistant Bill Smith, and files of a task force to study the public financing of election campaigns.
Moose Lake Fire: An Inventory of Photographs sv000135
Views of the fire damage and the camp of the Minnesota Home Guard, who provided assistance to the area following the fire.
Albert J. Plantin: An Inventory of His Photographs sv000139
Construction views of the Paul Watkins residence in Winona.
A.A. Richardson: An Inventory of His Photographs sv000137
Views of lumbering in northern Minnesota, including lumber camps, lumberjacks, log drives, and lumberjacks eating lunch in the woods; many identified as the Frazee & N.C. Lumber Company. Also includes views of northern Minnesota towns including Northome, Bemidji and Ranier and a few unidentified towns. Printed from original negatives in the Minnesota Historical Society collections.
Andrew J. Russell: An Inventory of a Photograph Album sv000145
Taken along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad, west from Omaha, Nebraska: with an annotated table of contents, giving a brief description of each view; its peculiarities, characteristics, and connection with the different points on the road.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Admission and Discharge Books gr00076
Document the admission and discharge of patients.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Blueprints and Drawings gr00078
Plot plans, elevations, floor plans, and architectural details of various hospital buildings.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Case Books gr00077
Personal and medical histories of each patient admitted to the hospital.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Daily Reports and Records gr00079
Daily narratives and records documenting the medical condition of individual patients.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Death and Autopsy Records gr00080
Death records and reviews, autopsy record, and autopsy photographs.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Financial Records gr00081
Records documenting various of the hospital's financial transactions.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Minutes gr00082
Documenting the various aspects of the hospital's administration.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Psychiatric Nursing Program Records gr00083
Documenting the hospital's psychiatric nursing program, begun July 1, 1937.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports gr00084
Reports, newsletters, and miscellaneous print and near-print items of or about St. Peter State Hospital and its successor, the Minnesota/St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, and adjunct facility, the Minnesota Security Hospital.
St. Peter State Hospital: Minnesota Security Hospital: An Inventory of Its Records gr00086
Records documenting the population and activities in the security hospital.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Subject Files and Miscellaneous Records gr00085
Cemetery records, daily ward record, land records, nurse employment record books, doctors time book, and subject files.
Henry H. Sibley: An Inventory of His Papers 00595
Correspondence, financial records, legal papers, speeches, and miscellany of this early Minnesota fur trader, entrepreneur, and governor. More than a third of the papers concern the fur trade with the Dakota Indians of the Upper Mississippi Valley from 1815 to 1855, documenting Sibley's business association with the American Fur Company and its successor, Pierre Chouteau, Jr., and Company, as well as his interest in the treaties, wars, and welfare of the Dakota.
Soo Line Railroad Company: An Inventory of Its Corporate 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.
Maurice H. Stans: An Inventory of His Papers 00380
Papers pertaining to the career of a Shakopee (Minn.) businessman and U.S. Cabinet official who served as director of the Bureau of the Budget (1958-1961), Secretary of Commerce (1969-1972), and head of the finance arm of the Committee for the Re-election of the President (1972).
Supreme Court. An Inventory of Its Case Files, General Index, and Briefs of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals gr00088
The chronological files contain briefs, written arguments detailing the legal basis of an appeal; case records, containing court reporters' transcripts of testimony; and lawyers' statements and exhibits. The case files heard by the Court of Appeals are included in the same numerical sequence as those heard by the Supreme Court.
Joel E. Whitney: An Inventory of His Minnesota Carte-de-Visite Album sv000148
Includes views of Minneapolis, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Winona, Red Wing, Lake Pepin, Taylors Falls, the Dalles of the St. Croix, White Bear Lake, Dakota County, and Dakota and Ojibway Indians. Views are dated 1862-1875.
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