Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: February 2017

Background Information

The most significant acquisition this month is school records received from western Minnesota. Last autumn the superintendent of Independent School District No. 2583 (Lac qui Parle Valley Schools) contacted State Archives staff about 100+ boxes of records stored in the Appleton school bus garage. Once the boxes were removed from the garage rafters, State Archives staff spent several hours reviewing and appraising the records on-site prior to transfer. The records (dated 1884-1996) are for fifty-six, now defunct, school districts located in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Stevens and Swift counties; included are school district governance records, selected summary financial records, and selected pupil records. Included are records of the independent school districts formerly located in Correll and Ortonville (Big Stone County), Milan (Chippewa County), Madison and Marietta (Lac qui Parle County), and Appleton and Holloway (Swift County). Most of the school districts, many of which were one-room school houses, represented in this collection consolidated with the Appleton school district in the 1950s and 1960s. Currently, Independent School District No. 2583 (Lac qui Parle Valley Schools) is composed of the former independent school districts that were located in Appleton, Madison, Milan, and Marietta-Nassau. The school records are invaluable for family and local history research.

Also useful for family and local history research are Kandiyohi County coroner's inquest files (dated 1996) that continue an existing set of coroner's records dating from 1881. In addition, the Otter Tail County District Court transferred death certificates, dated 1908, for twenty-nine persons that died in the county.

Useful to document key functions of the Minnesota state government are rule making files (dated 1999-2002) of the Teaching Board of the Education Department. The files concern requirements for teacher licensure renewal, teacher license examinations, and teacher licensing. Also, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources transferred project files, meeting minutes and selected subject files (dated 2011-2013). The records continue Commission records dating from 1972 preserved in the State Archives. The function of the Commission is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). These projects help maintain and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources.

Acquisitions

1. Education Department. Teaching Board. Rule making files dated 1999-2002. 3 boxes.

2. Kandiyohi County. District Court. Coroner's inquest files dated 1996. 1 folder.

3. Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Project files, meeting minutes and selected subject files dated 2011-2013). 8 boxes.

4. Otter Tail County. District Court. Death certificates dated 1908. 1 folder.

5. Swift County. Independent School District No. 784 (Appleton). Records (dated 1884-1996) for fifty-six, now defunct, school districts located in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Stevens and Swift counties. 48 boxes.

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Last edited March 6, 2017.