Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: December 2020

Background Information

Included in this month's acquisitions is one of the most significant acquisitions of court records in recent years. Transferred from Le Sueur County are records dating from 1853 of the district, probate and county courts. Included are registers of civil, criminal and probate actions; plaintiff and defendant indexes; oversize civil and criminal case files; and will record books. The registers and indexes will allow enhanced access to Le Sueur County court records, and the will record books complement the existing set preserved in the State Archives. Court records are one of the many strengths of the State Archives, and these records will be particularly valuable for family and local history research.

Documenting the state legislature is a collecting priority of the State Archives, and financial audit reports and program evaluation reports (dated 2018-2020) received from the Legislative Auditor help further that goal. The program evaluation reports concern such topics as safety in state correctional facilities, oversight of personal care assistance, compensatory education revenue and more. The reports continue existing sets dating from the early 1970s.

Transportation and public safety functions are well documented in the collection, and Hennepin County transferred a comprehensive set of reports of state and local government agencies concerning light rail, mass transit and related topics, and will complement existing sets of records of state and local government agencies preserved in the State Archives. The Public Safety Department transferred records of the Commissioner's Office including correspondence (dated 2008-2014) of Commissioners Michael Campion and Ramona Dohman and Acting Commissioner Mary Ellison, a subject file concerning sexual harassment in the department (dated 1991-1993), legislative mandated reports (dated 2009-2015), minutes and meeting files of task forces and panels (dated 2008-2010), and administrative rulemaking files (dated 1971-2003) concerning such topics as the uniform fire code, firearms, school bus safety, emergency response to disasters, and other public safety topics.


Acquisitions

1. Hennepin County. Public Works Department. Published records and reports (dated 1972-2007) of the Metropolitan Council, the Regional Transit Board, the Transportation Department, the Cities of Bloomington and Minneapolis and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority concerning light rail transit, transit services and needs, mass transit planning, economic development, and related topics. 2 boxes.

2. Legislative Auditor. Financial audit reports and special reviews (dated 2018-2020) of the Financial Audits Division, and reports (dated 2019-2020) of the Program Evaluation Division. 1 box.

3. Le Sueur County. Registers of civil and criminal action (dated 1853-1992), judgment book (dated 1981-1985), land registration docket (dated 1944-1994), bond and oath record for township and city officers (dated 1873-1993), defendant and plaintiff indexes (dated 1874-1992), oversize civil and criminal case files (dated 1913-1966), and coroner inquest files (dated 1940) of the District Court; registers of probate action (dated 1853-1974), index to probate cases (dated 1853-1992), intestate record with final decrees (dated 1907-1934), and will books (dated 1899-1918, 1976-1982) of the Probate Court; registers of probate action (dated 1974-1992) of the County Court. 74 boxes, 2 loose oversize volumes.

4. Public Safety Department. Commissioner's Office. Records (dated 1971-2015) including correspondence (dated 2008-2014) of Commissioners Michael Campion and Ramona Dohman and Acting Commissioner Mary Ellison, a subject file concerning sexual harassment in the department (dated 1991-1993), legislative mandated reports (dated 2009-2015), minutes and meeting files of task forces and panels (dated 2008-2010), and administrative rulemaking files (dated 1971-2003). 13 boxes.


 

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