Recently received from the Secretary of State’s office is a particularly valuable record book dating back to the early days of Minnesota statehood. In many ways the Secretary of State is the “official record keeper” for the State of Minnesota, and this record book reflects that important function. The record book, entitled “Official Letters, Communications and Railroad Liens”, is dated from May 1858 to June 1879, and contains copies of important documents received for filing, or sent by the Secretary of State’s office.
Noteworthy documents and topics include articles of incorporations of Minnesota companies; commitments of individuals to the Iowa Insane Asylum in Mt. Pleasant; memorials such as the establishment of mail service; donation of lands and money to aid in railroad construction; removal of Winnebago Indians; compensation for losses by Indian depredations; a commission to investigate the management of Indian affairs; the extension of the pension Law of 1861-1862 to the “sufferers of the Sioux Raid” ; adoption of the State Seal; joint resolutions endorsing Andrew Johnson’s impeachment; appointments and resignations of officials; and notices of elections. The record book is indexed, and is Volume 1 of a set of volumes that date through 1942.
Charles Rodgers, Government Records Specialist