Minnesota  State Archives

Recent State Archives Acquisitions: May 2021

Background Information

Two vital functions of state and local government are documented in records added this month to the State Archives. Scott County (established in 1853) transferred minute books (dated 1853-2018), road papers (undated, 1854-1858), and a resolution (undated) regarding courthouse construction bonds. Every county has a board of commissioners, and their records date from when a county was established, with some counties (such as Scott County) established during the Minnesota territorial period. The records may be the most valuable county-level record, since they document the policies, decisions, and major activities that affect the governance, life, and history of a county. Along with county land records they have enduring historical value, and are essential for local history research.

Besides governance, conducting elections is a key function of government, and recording and preserving the election results are important to a free and vital democracy. The Secretary of State's Office transferred election returns (dated 2002-2016) for primary, general, and special primary and special elections for national, state and judicial offices. The State Archives preserves election returns and abstracts of votes dating from 1858, and this recent transfer continues that valuable set of records.


Acquisitions

1. Scott County. Board of Commissioners. Minute books (dated 1853-2018), road papers (undated, 1854-1858), and a resolution (undated) regarding courthouse construction bonds. 19 boxes.

2. Secretary of State. Election Division. Election returns (dated 2002-2016) for primary, general, and special primary and special elections for national, state and judicial offices. 24 boxes.

 

 

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Updated June 7, 2021



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