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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: October 2014

Background Information

A collecting priority of the State Archives collection is to document how the state protects the natural environment and manages its natural resources. Records received this month from the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) and the Natural Resources Department help fulfill that priority, and are welcome additions to the State Archives.

The LCCMR project files concern such topics as invasive species, habitat conservation, energy efficiency, and climate change. The files continue an existing set of project files dating from 1972 preserved in the State Archives. The Natural Resources Department Library transferred a variety of records, including statewide research reports and annual progress reports concerning Minnesota fisheries, big game, upland game and furbearers. Also, a log book (dated 1920-1927) for the Bemidji hatchery, monthly parasite reports (dated 1939-1941), and a report (dated 1924) about the Zumbro River system by biologist Eugene W. Surber. Most of the records inter­file with, and continue, existing records preserved in the State Archives.

While the records are not a new acquisition to the State Archives, a sizable number (14 boxes) of Adjutant General records, with significant content and value, received enhanced arrangement and description. They will be very useful for research as the World War I centennial is observed. State Archives volunteer Mary Bakeman spent more than eighteen months reviewing, arranging, describing and re­housing these Adjutant General records. Most of the records are from the World War I era, but there are many records dating from the 1880s. The records include Home Guard and Naval Militia enlistment papers, administrative files of the Adjutant General’s office, selected records (e.g., rosters, reports, orders, correspondence) of Minnesota National Guard units, files concerning National Guard encampments and facilities (including Camp Lakeview in Lake City), District 3 Draft Board records, and court martial files.



1. Legislature. Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources. Project files, (dated 2006, 2008-2009) which include periodic and final reports, budgets, and correspondence for projects funded by the Commission. 8 boxes.

2. Natural Resources Department. Records, dated 1920-2000 (bulk dated 1941-1965, 1971-1990), 5 boxes.



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November 5, 2014