Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: March 2021

Background Information

This spring State Archives staff started working with the State of Minnesota's eighteen health licensing boards as they prepare to move from their current location to a new building in June or July 2021. Many of the boards already have records preserved in the State Archives, while other boards will be represented in the State Archives for the first time.

Two boards (Nursing Home Examiners Board, Optometry Board) recently transferred records to the State Archives, and several other boards are planning to transfer records soon. Records received from the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators are the first records of this board now preserved in the State Archives. The Board was created in 1970 when national legislation required all skilled nursing facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding through Title 18 and 19 employ a licensed nursing home administrator, in order for the state to receive and distribute federal funds to the facilities within each state or jurisdiction. Each state could create their own licensure requirements, but now all states utilize the national core competency examination for nursing home administrators offered by the National Association of Boards of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB). In 2019, the Board was renamed the Board of Executives for Long-Term Services and Supports due to a combination of the Board sponsored Health Service Executive initiative, and the Minnesota Legislature requiring the licensing of assisted living directors.

Records received from the Optometry Board join other records of the Board dating from 1901 when it was established. At that time, the Board was the first optometric board established in the United States, and its original charge was focused on public safety and entry level optometric education and apprenticeship requirements. The original intent is strikingly similar to its current legislative mandate. Regulation is accomplished through initial licensure education and examination, annual renewal, required continuing education, as well as investigation and resolution of complaints against licensees. The Board of Optometry is responsible for protection of the public through the regulation of optometrists in the State of Minnesota.


1. Nursing Home Examiners Board. Meeting minutes dated 2000-2012, and administrative rule proceedings files dated 1971-2016. 2 boxes.

2. Optometry Board. Administrative rule proceedings files dated 1962-2018, and a subject file concerning proposed legislative changes dated 1993-1997, 2000. 2 boxes.

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April 14, 2021