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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: September 2014

Background Information

Records added this month to the State Archives collection are valuable to document major functions, policies and activities of the state government. Audit reports (dated 2002-2003) for local government agencies, including counties, county hospitals and nursing homes, municipalities, regional organizations, and relief associations were transferred by the State Auditor. The audit reports continue an existing set of audit reports dating from the 1960s. The Human Services Department transferred Instructional Bulletins (dated 1992) issued by the Commissioner’s Office that fill in gaps in an existing set, dating from 1937, preserved in the State Archives collection. The Commissioner’s Bulletins concern Minnesota statutes, regulations, and operating procedures that affected services and programs administered by the department and the counties, particularly those involving administrative services, finances, personnel, information systems, and various aid programs, especially those dealing with children, disabled, aged, mentally ill, and chemically dependent. Received from the Municipal Board are files (dated 1978-2002) concerning the attachment, consolidation, detachment and incorporation of city and township property. Also, Section 5 files (dated 1974-1980) regarding prospective incorporation or annexation of townships according to population; meeting minutes (dated 1959-2011); published reports (dated 1959-2009); and newspaper clippings (dated 1960-2004) concerning suburbanization and development topics. In 1959, Minnesota became the first state in the country to create this quasi­judicial board/commission to hear and decide local government incorporations and boundary adjustment questions. In 1999 the Board was sunsetted with its function transferred several times to different agencies; the function is now housed in the Office of Administrative Hearings.

A MNHS member and Mattocks School (St. Paul) pupil donated a black and white photograph of his 1940 second grade class. Most of the students in the photograph were identified by the donor, and the photograph will be added to other records of the school preserved in the State Archives. Received from the Sibley County Auditor are tax lists (dated 1901, 1910-1911, 1920-1921, 1930-1931, 1940-1941, 1950-1951, 1960-1961, 1970-1971, 1980-1981, 1990-1991), abstracts of vote (dated 1888, 1892, 1902, 1904, 1906), school district consolidation/organization files (dated 1869-1954, 1978), draft board lists (dated 1917-1918), and bounty records for foxes (dated 1955-1958), grasshoppers (dated 1875-1876) and trees (dated 1901-1902). The tax lists continue an existing set of tax lists that date from 1863. The draft board lists are of young men eligible for the draft during World War I, and will be useful for research during the war’s centennial anniversary. Documenting the devastation of the grasshopper plague in the 1870s in southwestern Minnesota are grasshopper bounties which record the person’s name, the amount (usually in pounds) of dead grasshoppers turned in, and the amount of money the person received from the county. Here’s just one example: In 1875 Jonas Doerr received $51.40 for turning in 2,570 pounds of dead grasshoppers! These records will be particularly valuable for family and local historical research, and are welcome additions to the State Archives collection.

Acquisitions

1. Auditor. Audit reports (dated 2002-2003) for local government agencies, including counties, county hospitals and nursing homes, municipalities, regional organizations, and relief associations. 1 box.

2. Human Services Department. Instructional Bulletins (dated 1992) issued by the Commissioner’s Office. 3 folders.

3. Municipal Board. Files (dated 1978-2002) concerning the attachment, consolidation, detachment and incorporation of city and township property. Also, Section 5 files (dated 1974­1980) regarding prospective incorporation or annexation of townships according to population; meeting minutes (dated 1959-2011); published reports (dated 1959-2009); and newspaper clippings (dated 1960-2004) concerning suburbanization and development topics. 104 boxes.

4. Ramsey County. St. Paul Schools. Mattocks School: Black and white photograph of the 1940 second grade class. 1 item.

5. Sibley County. Auditor. Tax lists (dated 1901, 1910-1911, 1920-1921, 1930-1931, 1940-1941, 1950-1951, 1960-1961, 1970-1971, 1980-1981, 1990-1991), abstracts of vote (dated 1888, 1892, 1902, 1904, 1906), school district consolidation/organization files (dated 1869-1954, 1978), draft board lists (dated 1917-1918), and bounty records for foxes (dated 1955-1958), grasshoppers (dated 1875-1876) and trees (dated 1901-1902). 70 boxes.

 

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