Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: July 2020

Background Information

Due to the on-going pandemic situation, State Archives staff have not added accessions to the collection since February. However, this month we were able to accession some valuable collections, including records of the Agricultural Society, the Arts Board, and the Grand Marais Public Library. The records are valuable for family and local history research, and to help document artists and art organizations throughout the state.

The Agricultural Society transferred century farm applications dated 2011-2013 and 2020. The application forms are for Minnesota residents who wished to have their farms declared century farms, signifying that the farm had been in the family for 100 or more years. This was begun as a project between the State Fair and the Farmer magazine; later the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation became a co-sponsor. The forms give biographical and genealogical information and ownership history of the farm, and some include additional supporting documentation and/or reminiscences. The 2011-2013 applications fill in gaps in the existing collection (http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/gr00094.xml), and the 2020 applications continue the set. The existing set has been digitized, and this new acquisition will be digitized as well.

Received from the Arts Board are records, dated 2000-2015, including approved grant files (dated 2000-2013), and grant review files (dated 2003-2015) which include panel books, grant program history files, selected rosters and directories, and regional arts councils' files. The grants cover artist initiatives, cultural community partnerships, arts in education, series presenters, institutional support, arts access, arts learning, folk and traditional arts, grants to regional arts organization for sub-grants, and more. These records provide valuable documentation concerning artists and art organizations that may not be otherwise documented. The records continue sets of Art Board records, some dating from 1903, preserved in the State Archives.

The Grand Marais Public Library in Cook County transferred records, dated 1929-2014 (bulk dated 1940-2014), including minutes and meeting files of the Library Board and the Library Friends Board, and selected subject files including annual statistics and reports. The records document several decades of the growth and development of the library in a small, and somewhat isolated, Minnesota city. Minnesota public libraries are not well-documented in the State Archives, except for a wonderful set of St. Paul Public Library records (http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/gr01444.xml). These records of a small city library provide a great contrast to the records of a metropolitan area library.

Acquisitions

1. Agricultural Society. Century farm applications dated 2011-2013 and 2020. 5 folders.

2. Arts Board. Records, dated 2000-2015, including approved grant files (dated 2000-2013), and grant review files (dated 2003-2015) which include panel books, grant program history files, selected rosters and directories, and regional arts councils' files. 71 boxes.

3. Cook County. Grand Marais (village/city). Public Library records dated 1929-2014 (bulk dated 1940-2014). 3 boxes.

 

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September 25, 2020