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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: October 2016

Background Information

Many of the records added to the State Archives this month complement existing sets of records, and will be useful for various research topics such as family and local history, and documenting major functions and activities of the state government.

Ken Kirkpatrick donated barber license no. 920 issued to Fred W. Spaeth (dated 1897) and a certificate appointing Thomas Coleman (dated 1904) to the Board. The two items were donated by Mr. Kirkpatrick, past owner of the "Capital Barbers and Stylists" shop in the basement of the State Office Building. Mr. Kirkpatrick, also a member of the Board, owned the shop for 44 years, and is now semi-retired. The documents complement other Board records preserved in the State Archives. Transferred from the now defunct Emily Charter School are board minutes dated 1994-2010. The public charter school operated in the city of Emily from 1994 until May 2010, when it closed; it served children from prekindergarten to sixth grade. Its focus was "to increase student achievement by focusing on student reading skills and to save the younger students a long bus ride." While Minnesota's public schools are well documented in the collection, these are the first records of a charter school added to the State Archives.

The Minnesota Health Department transferred organization charts dated 1946-2002. These records will be useful to provide context and background information to numerous Health Department records preserved in the collection. Received from the Pardon Board are pardon calendars dated 1998-2014 (incomplete). The minutes (titled "calendars" by the board) largely comprise a record of actions on individual pardon applications, although other actions of the board are also mentioned. The pardon applications are often discussed in some detail. The calendars continue an existing set dating from 1897 preserved in the State Archives. The Region Nine Regional Development Commission transferred a five year assessment document for the years 2011-2016. The self-evaluation report is completed every five years to ensure the organization is fulfilling its stated purpose of working with and on behalf of local units of government to develop plans or implement programs to address economic, social, physical and governmental concerns of the region. The report complements Commission records preserved in the State Archives. The Commission was created in 1972, and consists of the Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties; it has been involved in issues such as transportation, manpower planning, housing, health planning, and human resources. Special projects have included studying and evaluating resource recovery and recycling programs and establishing rural development programs.

The St. Peter State Hospital transferred a set of procedures (dated 1990, 1993-2005); department and general administrative, clinical and security procedures. The records complement Hospital records dating from 1866 when the Hospital was established as Minnesota's first institution for the care of the insane. The City of Cottage Grove transferred birth and death records (dated 1870-1953) for Cottage Grove Township. The records will be valuable for family history research.



1. Barber Examiners Board. Barber license no. 920 issued to Fred W. Spaeth (dated 1897) and certificate appointing Thomas Coleman (dated 1904) to the Board. 2 items.

2. Crow Wing County. Emily Charter School. Board minutes dated 1994-2010. 4 folders.

3. Health Department. Organization charts dated 1946-2002. 1 folder.

4. Pardon Board. Pardon calendars dated 1998-2014 (incomplete). 2 boxes.

5. Region Nine Regional Development Commission. Five year assessment: 2011-2016. 1 folder.

6. St. Peter State Hospital. Procedures (dated 1990, 1993-2005); department and general administrative, clinical and security procedures. 2 boxes.

7. Washington County. Cottage Grove Township. Birth and death records 1899-1953. 1 box.


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