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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: September 2015

Background Information

Most of the records added this month to the State Archives collection continue existing sets of records, and will be useful for a variety of research topics. Some records document key functions of Minnesota state government, while other records will be valuable for family and local history research.

The highlight of the month is a license register for the City of St. Anthony. The license register, dated 1865-1872, records licenses issued for such purposes as butcher, insurance, auctioneer, liquor, billiard tables, peddler, hack, and drayman. Information includes license number, date license issued, name of person to whom issued, purpose, duration of license, amount paid, and remarks. The City of Anthony consolidated with the City of Minneapolis in 1872. The license register will be cataloged with other City of St. Anthony records dating from 1844 that are preserved in the State Archives collection.

The City of Nisswa transferred justice of the peace dockets dated 1957-1958, and 1968-1972. Justice of the peace courts no longer exist, and the dockets provide summary information of their activities, and are useful for family and local history research.

The State Auditor transferred reports (dated 1947, 1966-1988), including audit reports for counties, miscellaneous county organizations, and other programs, and published reports concerning the State Board of Investment and other state agencies and programs. Also included are audit reports of cities and villages, and other local government agencies of the Public Examiner, the predecessor of the State Auditor. The audit reports and published reports inter-file with existing records of the State Auditor and Public Examiner preserved in the State Archives.

Received from the state Human Services Department are records of the now defunct Cambridge State Hospital. Included in the records (dated 1983-1999) are policies and procedures, governing board and review board meeting minutes, chief executive officer files, licensing and variance files, Health Department licensure files, selected subject files, and admission and discharge reports. The records continue existing records of the hospital preserved in the State Archives.


1. Auditor. Reports (dated 1947, 1966-1988. 1 box.

2. Cambridge State Hospital. Records (dated 1983-1999). 9 boxes.

3. Crow Wing County. Nisswa (City). Justice of the Peace. Dockets dated 1957-1958, 1968-1972. 2 boxes.

4. Hennepin County. St. Anthony (City). License register dated 1865-1872. 1 volume.


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Updated October 16, 2015.