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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 and kicked off this month with the arrival of staff members Shelby Edwards, Meagan Kellom, and Alex Kent.

We are currently working on additions to the papers of Gerald Heaney, records from Ah-Gwah-Ching Nursing Home and the Minnesota Sanatorium for Consumptives, and photographic materials from the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation.

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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Newly processed collections are shelved in the archival stacks.


New and Revised Finding Aids - October 2010

Name/Abstract File No.
Agricultural Society: An Inventory of Its Annual and Related Reports gr00093
Annual reports, State Fair reports, and related reports documenting the activities of the society.
Agricultural Society: An Inventory of Its Century Farm Applications gr00094
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 years or more.
Wendell R. Anderson: An Inventory of His Papers 00476
Senatorial files (1977-1978), correspondence (1963-1971), legislative files and bills (1960-1970), audiovisual materials (1970s), and other papers created by this Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party state legislator (1959-1970), governor (1971-1977), and U.S. Senator (1977-1978).
Baillif Bros. Grocery Store (Bloomington, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Account Books 00795
Journals, ledgers, daybooks, blotters, cash receipt books, and customer credit books of this firm that (under various names) dealt in dry goods, groceries, and general merchandise.
Rudy Boschwitz: An Inventory of His Papers 00013
Senatorial records of Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn.), a Minnesota businessman who served two terms in the U.S. Senate (1979-1991).
James M. Bowler and Family Papers 00792
Correspondence, clippings, family history and genealogy (1976), reminiscences and eulogies, and family memorabilia of Bowler, who settled in St. Anthony (Minneapolis) in 1858, and of his family.
Solon J. Buck: An Inventory of His Papers 00794
Professional correspondence of Buck as superintendent of the Minnesota Historical Society (1914-1931); as a history department faculty member at the universities of Indiana (1908-1909), Illinois (1910-1914), Minnesota (1914-1931), and Pittsburgh (1931-1935); and as director of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Survey (1931-1935). Correspondents include other historians, archivists, and historical agency administrators.
Chimera Theatre Company (Saint Paul, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00269
Correspondence and financial files, box office and marketing files, production files, reviews and programs, staff and production photographs and videotapes, press releases, clippings, and scrapbooks documenting a community theater formed in 1969 and disbanded in 1987.
David Durenberger: An Inventory of His Senatorial Files. 00257
Papers of a three-term Republican U.S. Senator from Minnesota who served from 1978 to 1995. Durenberger was a political moderate with expertise in health care, environmental, foreign affairs, and government operations issues.
E. J. Longyear Company: An Inventory of Its Records 00360
Correspondence, leases, mining and drilling reports, proposals, consulting files and reports, mine production and shipping statements, maps, letter books, minute books, and financial records of a family-owned mining company incorporated in 1911 by mining entrepreneur Edmund Joseph Longyear to encompass his exploration and drilling activities on Minnesota iron ranges and elsewhere.
Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Records p1035
The records of the Episcopal Church, Diocese of Minnesota, cover the period from the arrival of the first Episcopal missionaries into the area in the 1820s through the bishopric of Robert M. Anderson, which ended in 1993.
Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota: An Inventory of Its Parish Record Books p1035f
Parish registers (including baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials), minutes, and account books of closed parishes in the Diocese of Minnesota.
Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota: An Inventory of the Bishop Robert M. Anderson Files p1035k
Subject files of the seventh Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota.
Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota: An Inventory of the Bishop Hamilton Hyde Kellogg Files p1035m
Files documenting Kellogg's service as bishop coadjutor and bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota.
First Midwest Corporation: An Inventory of Its Records 00030
Records of a Minneapolis-based holding company that provided venture capital to small businesses through a small business investment subsidiary, First Midwest Capital Corporation, and its predecessor, First Midwest Small Business Investment Company.
First Baptist Church (Saint Paul, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00759
Records of the first Baptist church organized in Minnesota Territory, documenting its history, administration, and the activities of its auxiliary organizations.
General Service Foundation: An Inventory of Its Records 00266
Project files and administrative records of a private foundation that made grants in the fields of population control, education, the environment, and the conservation of natural resources.
Graco Inc.: An Inventory of Its Records 00559
Records of a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of fluid handling equipment and systems.
Hibbert Mosse Hill and Rachel Hanna Hill Family: An Inventory of Their Papers 00635
Family and professional papers of Hibbert Mosse Hill, a noted civil engineer who spent most of his career with the Northern States Power Company, and his wife, Rachel Hanna Hill.
Historic American Buildings Survey: An Inventory of Its Records Relating to Minnesota Structures. 00251
Project files documenting historically significant districts, buildings, bridges, and other structures in Minnesota through the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) programs of the U.S. National Park Service.
Lucile M. Kane and John Alley Dougherty: An Inventory of Motion Pictures Research Files 00707
Research files compiled by Lucile M. Kane and John Alley Dougherty pertaining to the motion picture industry and theaters located primarily in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Meridel Le Sueur: An Inventory of Her Papers 00323
Correspondence, literary journals, audio tapes, published writings, published and unpublished manuscripts and fragments, publicity, radical publications, clippings, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Le Sueur, a writer, journalist, actress, feminist, and radical political activist, and her family.
Legislature: House: Research Department: An Inventory of Its Bill Summaries legis002
Bill summaries, comparisons, and related data prepared by the House Research Department.
Lindstrom Creamery Association (Lindstrom, Minn.). 00280
Minutes (1895-1969), annual reports (1949-1964), stock records, and accounting records documenting a rural cooperative creamery located in Lindstrom and serving dairy farmers in the Chisago County area.
George E. MacKinnon: An Inventory of His Papers 00108
Subject files (1927-1995), judicial files (1969-1995), and personal papers (1938-1995) of a legislator, naval officer, congressman, Republican Party campaigner, U.S. district attorney for Minnesota, gubernatorial candidate, special assistant to the U. S. attorney general, corporate attorney for Investors Diversified Services, and U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the District of Columbia circuit.
Metropolitan Airports Commission: An Inventory of Its Published Records macpub
Surveys, studies, planning documents, brochures, proposals, and reports documenting all aspects of the commission's activities.
Minnesota Transfer Railway Company: An Inventory of Its Records 00487
Records of a St. Paul-based railroad company organized under the impetus of James J. Hill by a consortium of nine major railroads entering the Twin Cities to facilitate the transfer and handling of freight entering the cities by rail.
Minnesota Historical Society: An Inventory of Its Institutional Archives 00513
The archives of the Minnesota Historical Society contains historically valuable records from all of its administrative and program units. They reflect and document the history of the organization from its 1849 beginning as the first private corporation chartered by the territorial legislature.
Munsingwear: An Inventory of Its Records 00206
Articles of incorporation and minutes (1887-1971), correspondence, financial records (1936-1964), legal agreements, patent and trademark information, product catalogs, and scrapbooks ([193-]-1990) documenting a Minneapolis-based clothing manufacturer, its predecessor, Northwestern Knitting Company, and several clothing subsidiaries.
North Country Co-Op: An Inventory of Its Records 00074
Financial records, collective log books and meeting minutes, correspondence, flyers, store operations files, histories and reminiscences, and newspaper clippings of the longest running retail food cooperative in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.
Northern States Power Company (Minnesota): An Inventory of Its Predecessor's Records 00230
Accounting, engineering, and other records of certain Minnesota predecessor companies of Northern States Power Company (Minnesota), a Minneapolis-based electric and natural gas utility established in 1909 as the Washington County Light and Power Company and later known as the Consumers Power Company (1909-1916).
Railroad and Warehouse Commission: Grain Inspection Department: An Inventory of Its Records gr00091
Records documenting the activities of the grain inspection department, particularly its role in regulation of grain handling through weighing policies and practices, enforcement, and quality control.
Railroad and Warehouse Commission: Public Storage Warehouse Division: An Inventory of Its Records gr00092
Records documenting the activities of the public storage warehouse division, particularly relating to the division's functions, adoption of rules and regulations, inspections, and warehouse tariffs.
Railroad Bonds Commission: An Inventory of Its Records and Related Materials gr00072
"Commission's minutes and final report, and bondholders' letters and depositions. Also claims files originating in the State Auditor's Office and a sample of the original $1000 bonds issued by the railroads."
Republican State Central Committee: An Inventory of Its Records 00751
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, print and near-print issuances, financial records, and clippings documenting the state Republican party’s internal operations, organization, activities, programs, and policies, and its role in Minnesota politics, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s.
Brynhild C. Rowberg: An Inventory of Her Records 00793
Photograph albums, correspondence, a scrapbook, and reminiscences of a woman from Northfield, Minnesota, documenting her time in the employ of the U.S. State Department as a foreign service officer in Europe at the close of World War II and during the post-war occupation.
Saint Paul Dispatch/Pioneer Press: An Inventory of Photographs Arranged by Subject sv000150b
Contains views of places and events that appeared in the St. Paul papers. These include views from Minnesota, the United States, and elsewhere in the world. Images are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Saint Paul Foundation: An Inventory of Its Records 00666
Microfiche grant files, including correspondence, proposals, and related records, detailing this private foundation's support of many social, charitable, environmental, municipal, educational, and cultural organizations in the Twin Cities area. Includes similar records of the Mardag Foundation, the F. R. Bigelow Foundation, and the Minnesota Foundation.
Saint Paul Union Depot Company (Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00770
Minutes (1897-1970), annual reports (1885-1980), correspondence and subject files (1910s-1970s), payroll records (1885-1970), accounting records (1879-1977), operating statements (1921-1975), engineering and architectural drawings (1889-1954), and miscellaneous legal and financial papers (1896-1955) documenting the existence of a now defunct company organized in 1879 to serve the nine major railroads entering the Twin Cities.
Allan H. Spear Legislative: An Inventory of His Records 00686
Includes appointment books, bill files, correspondence, and audio and video recordings pertaining to bills introduced by Spear when he was a member of the Minnesota Senate (1973-2000) and heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee when he was President from 1982-1992.
Transportation Department: An Inventory of Its Audio Visual Materials gr00100
Photograph prints and negatives and movie reels depicting highway construction and repair projects; road-building equipment and technology; road crews and field camps; dedication ceremonies for completed transportation projects; project sites prior to road construction, showing neighborhoods, commercial buildings, residences, and bridges; historic site markers; and miscellaneous Transportation Department activities.
Yoerg Brewing Company (Saint Paul, Minn.): An Inventory of Its Records 00796
Accounting records (1858-1953), sales records (1886-1913, 1949-1952), federal liquor tax records (1879-1953), annual financial statements (1934-1953), and sample forms and miscellaneous correspondence (1890-1901) documenting a family owned and managed brewery in St. Paul.


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