Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: April 2019

Background Information

Many of the records added this month to the State Archives collection will be valuable for family and local history research. Received from the Big Stone County District Court are civil case file exhibits, dated 1914-1955, including photographs, correspondence, reports, maps, specifications, contracts, estimates, drawings and cross-sections. One case concerns Big Stone Lake water levels, diversion of the Whetstone River into Big Stone Lake, flood control and land condemnation. The case was eventually appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court (Minnesota Supreme Court case file no. 36201). Another case concerns a contract dispute related to the construction of Lac qui Parle County ditch no. 41. The City of Crystal transferred records, dated 1948-2006, including ordinances (dated 1948-1973), and meeting minutes (dated 1952-2006) of the Planning Commission, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Long Range Planning Commission, and Civil Service Commission.

An individual donated a letter (dated January 31, 1951) from Stillwater Prison Industries Superintendent H.L. Rydeen to William Grettum concerning a binder twine contract. The letter was purchased at an auction, and inter-files with other Stillwater Prison Industries records preserved in the State Archives. The Delano Franklin Township Area Historical Society transferred records of the City of Delano, including ordinances (dated 1885-1970), justice of the peace dockets (dated 1874-1892), and birth and death records (dated 1908-1953). The justice dockets pre-date a set already preserved in the State Archives.

The 1905 grand opening of the Minnesota State Capitol is well-documented in the State Archives and other MNHS collection, and after the Capitol's 2013-2017 renovation another grand opening and re-dedication ceremony was held in August 2017. The Administration Department transferred records (dated 2016-2017) of Assistant Commissioner Erin Campbell who oversaw the planning and implementation of the State Capitol grand opening, and the celebration events that occurred August 11-13, 2017.


1. Administration Department. Assistant Commissioner (Erin Campbell). State Capitol grand opening files dated 2016-2017. 2 boxes.

2. Big Stone County. District Court. Civil case file exhibits dated 1914-1955. 2 boxes.

3. Hennepin County. Crystal (City). Records dated 1948-2006. 8 folders.

4. Stillwater State Prison. Prison Industries Superintendent. Correspondence dated January 31, 1951. 1 folder.

5. Wright County. Delano (Village/City). Ordinances (dated 1885-1970), justice of the peace dockets (dated 1874-1892), and birth and death records (dated 1908-1953). 1 box.



Back to Recent Acquisitions.


Edited May 7, 2019.