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Minneapolis-Moline Tractor Model UT, shown on a farm with farm worker(s). Left rear perspective, 1935American Crystal Sugar Company. Records, 1883-1979
Corporate records of the American Crystal Sugar Company, of its direct predecessor--the American Beet Sugar Company--and of other predecessors, subsidiaries and affiliates. They are supplemented by historical data and printed materials collected by the company or compiled by sugar industry historian Dan Gutleben.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

James Ford Bell Papers, 1916-1960
Correspondence, clippings, speeches, printed materials and miscellany of Bell, a Minneapolis flour-milling executive and an active participant in public affairs. They document his career as salesman, vice-president, and president of the Washburn Crosby Company (1901-1928), and as president and board chairman of General Mills (1928-1947); transportation (particularly rail) and food-processing industries; agriculture and the grain trade in Canada, England, and France; economic conditions in various parts of the world; the Depression and Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal legislation and relief programs of the 1930s, especially in agriculture, transportation, and economic and monetary policy.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

William H. Dunwoody and Family Papers, 1837-1915
Correspondence, accounts, genealogical materials and other papers of Dunwoody, a Minneapolis businessman active in the wheat trade, grain elevators, flour mills and banking. There is also information on various branches of the family, including that of his wife, Catherine Patten Dunwoody.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (A/.D928.).

Gerber Industries. Corporate Records, 1901-1991
Minutes and related records (1946-1988) (including articles of incorporation, bylaws, deeds, agreements and stock certificates), sales catalogs, price lists, historical information (1901, 1930, 1991), and pamphlets of a manufacturer of conveyor and dust control equipment for grain elevators and mills.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Gerber Industries).

International Multifoods Corporation. Corporate Records, 1861-1992
Materials within the collection provide historical, biographical, administrative, aural and pictorial information about the company's growth from the small New Prague Flouring Mill, founded in 1892, into a public conglomerate with international offices, operations and markets. Information covers the corporation's executive officers; its manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facilities; its subsidiaries and product lines; promotional programs; and advertising campaigns.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

John D. McMillan Papers, 1883-1970
The bulk of the papers relate to the operation of a number of elevator companies owned by the Osborne-McMillan Elevator Company in Minneapolis. There is also a small group of personal papers consisting primarily of correspondence (1912-1933) from members of John D. McMillan's family and a few business acquaintances.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (McMillan, John D.).

Minneapolis-Moline Company Records, 1836-1982
Records related to a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of farm tractors and implements and to several predecessor, related, and successor companies, including the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, the Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company, B. F. Avery & Sons Co., the Moline Plow Company, and the White Motor Corporation.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Northland Milk and Ice Cream Company. Advertising and Publicity Materials, 1921-1979
Newspaper advertisements, clippings, photographs and other materials of a Minneapolis-based milk and ice cream manufacturer. The collection consists largely of photocopies of stories and advertisements clipped from newspapers, and newsprint advertising proofs. There is information about the 1922 merger that created Northland, and about its four predecessor firms; a milk price war with competitor Franklin Co-operative Creamery Association (1922); plant operations and improvements; product lines; marketing and promotion; and company president Leonard H. Heller.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Northland Milk and Ice Cream Company).

Northrup King Company Records, 1884-1980s.
Advertising materials, advertising department files, photographs, printed items, motion picture films and audio tapes related to Northrup King Co., a Minneapolis wholesaler of farm and garden seeds, livestock feed, and lawn products.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Albert J. Olund and Family Papers, 1867-1955
The papers supply information on Olund's work as a collection agent for the Deere and Webber farm implement company in the Red River Valley and the Dakotas (1922) and his later work as a farm machinery salesman for various firms in the Worthington (Nobles County, Minn.) area.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (A/.O53.).

Peavey Company Records, 1870-1984
Subject files, financial and accounting volumes, minutes, unpublished annual reports, correspondence, patent files, trademark files, company printeds, photographs, scrapbooks, and motion pictures and audio tapes relating to the Peavey Company, a family-held, Minneapolis-based grain merchandising and processing firm.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Frank H. Peavey Papers, 1877-1924
Personal papers and some materials related to the estate of this Minneapolis grain merchant and founder of F.H. Peavey & Company, a family-held, Minneapolis-based grain merchandising and processing firm that was an outgrowth of an agricultural implement business located at Sioux City, Iowa.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1769).

Rochester Silo Records, 1968, 1973-1982
Product brochures, training manuals, price lists, meeting agendas, flip charts, and films related to a family-owned company engaged in the manufacture and construction of farm storage systems. The records consist primarily of material describing the construction and operation of the company's silos and slurry-vat systems, and sales training manuals on selling skills and giving background information on dairy nutrition and liquid manure handling.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Agricultural Cooperatives

Cloquet Cooperative Society Records, 1930-1978.
Articles of incorporation and bylaws, minutes and related records (1954-1974), financial records (1949-1977), correspondence (1957-1978), newspaper clippings, and printed materials documenting a rural merchandising cooperative organized in 1910 whose lines of business included dry goods, groceries, fuel, agricultural goods, garages and warehouses. It also operated the Cloquet Shopping Center and from 1963 until its 1977 dissolution, was managed by Midland Cooperatives.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1741).

Equity Cooperative Exchange Papers, 1906-1929.
Papers kept by Minneapolis lawyer Benjamin B. Drake, documenting his service as attorney for the Equity Cooperative Exchange (ECE, 1906-1926), a cooperative agency established, owned, and operated by farmers to sell grain directly to consumers. Organized in 1907, the ECE was incorporated in North Dakota in 1911 and Minnesota in 1912. It moved to St. Paul in 1914 and, in 1923, due to financial and management problems, went into receivership. It was absorbed by the Farmers' Union in 1926.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1636).

Excelsior Fruit Growers Association (Excelsior, Minnesota) Records, 1900-1969.
Correspondence, minute books, annual and financial reports, grower and customer lists, tax returns, legal documents, stock certificates, ledgers, journals, and records of fruit receipts and sales, primarily 1934-1969, of this fruit-marketing cooperative in Excelsior and Hopkins. The correspondence includes discussions of marketing problems, especially World War II sugar rationing and price controls.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Farmers Union Central Exchange. Organization Records, 1894-1993
Subject files, news clippings and scrapbooks, printed materials, photographs, product catalogs, motion pictures, and phonograph records relating to a farmer-owned cooperative based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota that provides farm and home supplies to member coops in the North Central and Northwestern states. The Central Exchange (CENEX) was incorporated in 1931 and for most of its existence was headquartered in South St. Paul, Minnesota.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Furuby Community Club (Center City, Minn.) Minutes, 1948-1961.
Manuscript minutes (Nov. 1948-June 1960, Sept. 1961) of the Furuby Community Club, a member of the Chisago Lakes Cooperative Association. The club was founded as the Furuby Co-op Club (Nov. 1948) and changed its name when it reorganized and purchased the Furuby School as its permanent meeting place. (Oct. 1950).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1997).

Henning Farmers' Shipping Association (Henning, Minn.) Records, 1913-1970.
Records of a cooperative livestock shipping association documenting the sale, purchase and shipment of cattle, calves, sheep and hogs by association members to South St. Paul, Minn., where they were sold by the producer-owned Central Livestock Association. Includes minute book (1913-1970), ledger (1933-1948), annual reports, articles of incorporation and bylaws, and audit reports. There is also some material related to the Central Livestock Association, the Henning Farmers Supply Company, the Hoffman Shipping Association, and the Ottertail Co-Operative Creamery Association.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P2220).

Lindstrom Creamery Association (Lindstrom, Minn.) Creamery Records, 1895-1976.
Minutes (1895-1969), annual reports (1949-1964), stock records, and accounting records documenting a rural cooperative creamery located in Lindstrom and serving dairy farmers in the Chisago County area.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Midland Cooperative Records, 1917-1982.
Articles of incorporation (1947), minutes, resolutions (1942-1980), financial information (1930-1936), programs (1949-1980), meeting files (1974-1982), theses regarding cooperation (1933-1954), audio tapes, printed material, and photographs of a farmers' oil-and-merchandise consumer cooperative organized in 1926 as the Minnesota Co-op Oil Company. The cooperative specialized in marketing light oil products, then added tires, auto accessories, paint and hardware, farm supplies, household appliances, groceries, fertilizer, feed and seed, and farm machinery to its merchandise stocks. The cooperative was merged into Land O'Lakes in 1982.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Hans R. Miller Papers, 1930-1982.
Correspondence (1930s-1982), minutes, articles of incorporation (1930, 1932) and bylaws, architectural sketches, financial information, information on inventions, diaries and memorandum books, and account books of Hans R. Miller and of the American Trade Exchange, a cooperative farm colony in Cross Lake, Minnesota, which he co-founded.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Miller, Hans R.).

Minnesota Association of Cooperatives Records, 1943-1993
Correspondence, subject files, miscellaneous files, association records, and printed material reflecting the organization, membership, and activities of the Minnesota Association of Cooperatives. Its members and affiliates include electric, health, agricultural marketing, insurance, credit and consumer cooperatives.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Royal Cooperative Creamery Company (Braham, Minn.) Corporate Records, 1901-1955
Correspondence (1920-1955), minutes (1911-1949), stock certificates (1910-1950), annual statements (1923-1953), monthly (1933-1954) and annual (1920-1949) reports to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, monthly reports to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1943-1954), and miscellaneous records of a small cooperative creamery that later affiliated with Land O' Lakes Creameries. The creamery was founded by German and Swedish homesteaders in Royalton Township (Pine County), Minnesota.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Royal Cooperative Creamery Company).

Santiago Co-operative Creamery Association Records, 1920-1966, 1983
Minutes (1924-1945), annual reports (1950-1955, 1958), correspondence (1920-1922), records of payments to members (1942-1943, 1963-1964), and miscellaneous records of a cooperative creamery association in Sherburne County, Minnesota. The creamery was begun in 1900 as a private enterprise before becoming a cooperative in 1925. It ceased its operations in 1973.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1644).

Twin City Milk Producers Association (Saint Paul, Minn.) Records, 1906-1988
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, historical information, agreements and contracts, bulletins, and similar files documenting the activities of a cooperative marketing association organized in 1915 to standardize practices in the marketing, pricing and grading of dairy products among producers and dairies in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Jay A. York and Family Papers, 1909-1993
Biographical and genealogical materials, reminiscences, correspondence, minutes, reports, speech files, articles of incorporation, bylaws, yearbooks, diaries, and photographs documenting the activities of farmer and rural electric cooperative leader Jay Andrew York (Lake Wilson, Minn.) and of other family members.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (York, Jay A.).

Granges, Political Parties, and Other Organizations

Bloomington Grange No. 482 (Bloomington, Minn.) Grange Records, 1874, 1879-1917
An organizational charter (1874), bylaws, minutes (1884-1904), committee reports, membership applications (1892-1899), a ledger (ca. 1888-1906), a secretary's account book (1879-1912), receipts (1896-1916), fair premium lists, library rules and book list, obituaries, a photograph of the grange hall (1912 or 1913), and an annual program (1896) documenting the structure and activities of a subordinate grange of the Patrons of Husbandry located in Bloomington (Minn.).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P2004).

Farmer-Labor Association of Minnesota Records, 1918-48
Proceedings of conventions, minutes of meetings, speeches, and correspondence of this political association. There is information on patronage, tax reform, collective bargaining, strikes, the labor movement, political conventions and campaigns, and Minnesota political figures, including Victor E. Lawson, Ernest Lundeen, William Mahoney, Floyd B. Olson and Harold Stassen.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P337).

Groundswell, Inc. of Minnesota (Wanda, Minn.) Organization Records, 1984-1993
Minutes and agenda packets (1985-1989), correspondence (undated and 1985-1991), newsletters (1985-1989), brochures (undated and 1983-1988), a pamphlet (1985), and photocopied newspaper clippings (undated and 1984-1990) reflecting the activity of a nonpartisan organization of rural Minnesotans dedicated to ensuring the survival of the family farm.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Minnehaha Grange No. 398 (Edina, Minn.) Grange Records, 1873-1985
Minute books, subject and correspondence files, and scrapbooks documenting the social and political activities of a subordinate (local) grange lodge (1873-1991) located in a suburb of Minneapolis.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Minnesota Poultry Testing Association (Saint Paul, Minn.) Records, 1959-1976
Articles of incorporation, bylaws, correspondence and memoranda, minutes, financial information, and other records of a nonprofit organization formed to organize, develop and promote performance testing programs for poultry; to evaluate poultry stocks; and to engage in scientific research, testing and sampling for the benefit of the Minnesota poultry industry.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Midwest Dairy Association Records, 1894, 1904-1991
Minutes (1894, 1904-1982), corporation documents, audit reports (1945-1980), some correspondence (1932-1965), photographs (1959-1967), newspaper clippings (1938-1956), and other printed matter largely documenting a number of predecessors of the Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council, a trade association serving the Minnesota dairy industry and closely affiliated with the American Dairy Association.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Minnesota State Grange Records, 1868-[ca.1975]
Correspondence, subject files, and some financial records of the state grange organization, as well as some miscellaneous records of several subordinate (local) grange lodges. The files include pamphlets, circular letters, constitutions, bylaws, minutes, rosters, some clippings, a charter certificate, quarterly reports submitted by secretaries of subordinate granges (1909-ca.1933), and a grange song book (1964). There is information about Minnesota pomona (county or district), subordinate, and juvenile grange lodges; about the National Grange organization; and about National Grange co-founder Oliver Hudson Kelley and the historic Kelley Farmstead near Elk River (Minn.). Correspondents include officials of the Minnesota State Grange, the National Grange, and of various subordinate granges.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

National Nonpartisan League Papers, 1915-27. 
Correspondence and miscellany of Henry G. Teigan, the league's secretary from 1916 to 1923, and other league officials; correspondence, financial records, and other materials of the Northwestern Service Bureau, which assisted local newspapers that supported the league; subscription, financial, and other records of the league's newspaper, the Minnesota Leader; information on an anti-league expose published by the St. Paul Dispatch in 1918; and other printed materials by or about the league.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Pokegama Grange No. 750 (Pine City, Minnesota) Grange Records, 1941-1967
Minute book (1941-1954), cash receipts and disbursements record (1941-1967), reports (1945-1965), scrapbooks (1941-1961), and miscellaneous materials (1939-1966) documenting the activities of a Grange chapter that was organized in 1941 but that disbanded around 1967.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (Pokegama Grange No. 750).

Twin City Milk Producers Association (Saint Paul, Minn.) Records, 1906-1988
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, historical information, agreements and contracts, bulletins, and similar files documenting the activities of a cooperative marketing association organized in 1915 to standardize practices in the marketing, pricing, and grading of dairy products among producers and dairies in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (Minn.).
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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