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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: July 2014

Background Information

The highlight of the month is a broadside, in color, listing the officers and enlisted men of Company F of the 10th 1863 and was donated by a private donor whose great grand-father was a private in the company. The broadside is a wonderful addition to other Civil War records preserved in the State Archives. Documenting the state legislature is a collecting priority of the State Archives, and files (dated 1999-2010) of state Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon help fulfill this priority. Senator Prettner Solon was elected in 2001 in a special election to fill the seat of her late husband, Sam Solon, who passed away mid-session. She was later elected in 2002 and served in the state legislature until 2010 when she was elected Lieutenant Governor with Governor Mark Dayton. The legislative files include drafts of Senate bills, correspondence, background materials, newspaper articles, notes, emails, and related records; the files dated 1999-2001 are those of the late Senator Sam Solon. Bill topics include energy and health care issues, banning the sale of lead sinkers, children’s health security, cervical cancer protection, education, Social Security program preservation, tattoo safety, and licensing of dental therapists.

Many of the records added this month to the State Archives collection concern public institutions. The records complement other patient-related records of the state Human Services Department, Ramsey County, the now defunct Willmar State Hospital, and will be useful for family history research. Received from the state Human Services Department are patient registers (dated 1995-2012) of the Bridge House Hospital located in Duluth. The hospital opened in late 1995 as part of the closure of the Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center, and closed in May 2012. The hospital served adult clients, primarily from Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties who were diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. The hospital originally provided adult mental health services, and later added services for residential crisis mental health, crisis residential treatment, adult rehabilitative mental health, and out-patient medication administration. Also received from the Human Services Department are employee time records (dated 1921-1922, 1931-1962) of the Willmar State Hospital which provide a roster of the employees and a summary record of daily and monthly hours worked. The Ramsey County Care Center (previously called the Ramsey County Nursing Home) transferred patient index cards (dated 1920s-1990s) and death record books Minnesota Regiment. The broadside is dated in (dated 1955-1998), which complement records of the nursing home’s predecessor, specifically the county alms house and poor farm.


1. Adjutant General. Broadside of Company F of the 10th 1863). 1 oversize item.

2. Human Services Department/State Operated Services Division. Bridge House Hospital Patient Registers (dated 1995-2012). 2 volumes.

3. Legislature. Senate. Records (dated 1999-2010; bulk dated 2001-2010) of State Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon. 8 boxes.

4. Ramsey County. Nursing Home. Patient index cards (dated 1920s-1990s) and death record books (dated 1955-1998). 2 boxes.

5. Willmar State Hospital. Employee time record (dated 1921-1922, 1931- 1962). 2 boxes.

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August 4, 2014