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Governors' Records: Getting Started

Preliminary Research

A large portion of the governors' collection includes the official records, and correspondence, subject files, etc., that were created by the governor and staff during their tenure in office. There are also records from the  committees, councils and commissions created by the governors to study, plan and make recommendations on the variety of issues relating to the state. (i.e. Governor's commission on the arts, council on health promotion and wellness, etc.). The collection also includes the "miscellaneous" records such as proclamations, executive documents and disaster relief files which, depending upon the research topic, may be of interest.

The Governors of Minnesota  is an online resource that can be of assistance, as a starting point, in locating the records of a particular governor.  It includes biographical information, links to the finding aid/s and/or catalog description of the records, personal/family papers and other resources to consult.  

The size of the Governors' records vary depending upon the governor and the time frame in office. Thus, in some instances, not all records relating to a governor will have a link to one centralized finding aid. There may be several finding aids relating to different series or  records may include both online finding aid/s and catalog references to the print copy of the finding aid. It is generally a good practice to check the catalog to determine that all relevant resources have been located.  

To locate the records of an individual governor search the catalog

  • Governor [name] and limit MHS Catalog options box to STATE GOVERNMENT RECORDS

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