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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: April 2013

Background Information

Records added this month to the State Archives are valuable for documenting key activities of state and local government, and will also be useful for family and local history research. 

The Human Services Department/State Operated Services (SOS)  Division transferred records (dated 1990-2007), including Assistant Commissioner Elaine Timmer and SOS Chief Executive Officer Michael Tessneer logged and unlogged letters, and Institutional Review Board meeting minutes, agenda packets and orientation manuals.  These records continue existing records preserved in the State Archives.  Also, an oversize color photograph (9’ X  4’) of the map of the Fergus Falls State Hospital cemetery (undated; updated in 1993);  the original map is still in the possession of the Human Services Department.  There are over 3,000 unmarked graves in the cemetery, and this map enhances other cemetery maps and burial information of the facility preserved in the State Archives. 

Enhancing our documentation about the City of St. Paul, and useful for local history research, are published records and reports (undated, 1912-2001) of several of the city’s boards, commissions and departments, concerning such topics as planning and economic development, housing, criminal justice, parks and recreation, and more. 

The Tax Court transferred two closed (completed) decision files (dated 2007-2009) that inter-file with the existing set of case files dating from 1939 to the near present. 

Received from the Veterans Affairs Department are reports of burials of Minnesota soldiers who died in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II, and were buried outside of Minnesota.  A total of 1,130 burials are recorded, and indexes accompany the reports.   Compiled circa 1929-1947.  These records complement the set of veterans’ grave registration reports (dated circa 1930-1975) for Minnesota soldiers who are buried in Minnesota cemeteries.  These records are particularly valuable for family history research.



1. Human Services Department.  State Operated Services (SOS) Division.  Records (dated1990-2007).   2 boxes, 1 rolled oversize item.

2. Ramsey County.   City of St. Paul.  Published records and reports (undated, 1912-2001).  8 boxes.

3. Tax Court.  Closed (completed) decision files ( dated 2007-2009).  2 folders. 

4. Veterans Affairs Department.  Reports of burials of Minnesota soldiers who died in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II, and were buried outside Minnesota.  Compiled circa 1929-1947.  1 box.


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