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Recent State Archives Acquisitions: September 2016

Background Information

Records added this month to the State Archives collection are valuable for a number of research topics. Useful for family and local history research are justice of the peace civil and criminal dockets received from the City of Crosslake. Included is a civil and criminal docket (dated 1946-1958) of Watertown Township; the township was incorporated into the City of Crosslake in 1959. Also, Village of North Crosslake criminal docket (dated 1968-1971); the village consolidated with the Village/City of Crosslake in 1972. And civil and criminal dockets (dated 1966-1975) of the Village/City of Crosslake. The City of Nisswa transferred a birth and death register (dated 1899-1941) and justice of the peace civil docket (dated 1901-1903) of Smiley Township; the township was incorporated as the Village/City of Nisswa in 1946. Also, justice of the peace civil and criminal dockets (dated 1956-1972) of the Village/City of Nisswa; the 1956-1972 civil docket contains only copies of marriage licenses issued by the justice of the peace. Inter-file with an existing set of justice of peace dockets preserved in the State Archives.

Also valuable for family and local history research are civil case files (dated circa 1906-1978) received from the Wilkin County District Court. Topics include the establishment and maintenance of judicial ditches, bankruptcy and land condemnation for trunk highway purposes. The files inter-file with the existing set of civil case files preserved in the State Archives. Before Yellow Medicine County vacated, and then demolished its courthouse, school censuses (dated 1909-1959) were transferred. School censuses are particularly valuable for family history research and are often used by our Library patrons.

The Health Department transferred records (dated 1994-1999) of the Commissioner's Task Force on HIV/STD Prevention. Included are meeting minutes and agenda packets of the task force and its subcommittees, and selected subject files. When the task force was first established it did not include individuals afflicted with HIV or STD. Petitions (included in the subject files) were submitted to the Health Commissioner, and in response to the petitions, four additional persons afflicted with HIV or STD were added to the task force. Health Department records preserved in the State Archives richly document how the department and the State of Minnesota have responded in the past to public health crises and epidemics (e.g. polio, tuberculosis, venereal disease, etc.). The task force records are unique to the collection, since they document the state's response to more contemporary public health issues.

Acquisitions

1. Crow Wing County. Crosslake (village/city). Civil and criminal docket (dated 1946-1958) of Watertown Township. Village of North Crosslake criminal docket (dated 1968-1971). Civil and criminal dockets (dated 1966-1975) of the Village/City of Crosslake. 1 box.

2. Crow Wing. County. Nisswa (village/city). Birth and death register (dated 1899-1941) and justice of the peace civil docket (dated 1901-1903) of Smiley Township. Justice of the peace civil and criminal dockets (dated 1956-1972) of the Village/City of Nisswa; the 1956-1972 civil docket contains only copies of marriage licenses issued by the justice of the peace. 1 box.

3. Health Department. Commissioner's Office. Commissioner's Task Force on HIV/STD Prevention. Records (dated 1994-1999), including meeting minutes and agenda packets of the task force and its subcommittees, and selected subject files. 2 boxes.

4. Wilkin County. District Court. Civil case files (dated circa 1906-1978) concerning establishment of judicial ditches, bankruptcy and land condemnation for trunk highway purposes. 1 box.

5. Yellow Medicine County. Superintendent of Schools. School censuses dated 1909-1959. 5 boxes.

 

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Updated October 5, 2016.