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Election Records: Bond & Oath Records

Secretary of State Bond & Oath Records

County and local officials

Record of County Officers, 1860-1872
Alphabetical by officers’ names (1860-1864); by county (1864-1872).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Minnesota. Secretary of State. Record of county officers.)

Bonds and Oaths of County Officials, 1875-1914
Original bonds and oaths filed in the secretary of state’s office.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Bonds and Oaths.)

Register of County Officers’ Bonds, 1883-1885
Record of bonds, recorded by county registers of deeds, received by the secretary of state, and approved by the attorney general.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Bonds and Oaths.)

State officials:

General Index to Books of Bonds and Oaths, 1858-1917
Index to bonds and oaths of state officials recorded in Record of official bonds and oaths. Officials include board and commission members, inspectors, and game wardens.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Bonds and Oaths.)

Bonds and Oaths of State Officials, 1858-1912
Original bonds and oaths filed in the secretary of state’s office.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Bonds and Oaths.)

Record of Official Bonds and Oaths, 1858-1948
Handwritten copies (1858-1912), typed copies (1913-1936), and photocopies (1937-1948) of the bonds and oaths of state officials; volume A also contains a record of county officers’ bonds filed during 1875-1877 but dated 1860-1877.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Bonds and Oaths.)

Official Letters, Communications, and Railroad Liens, 1856-1942
Records of and indexes to documents received for filing in the secretary of state’s office, including city charters, certificates of incorporation for villages, notices of village charter amendments, appointments and resignations of state officers, notices of election, oaths of office, attorney general’s opinions, governor’s proclamations and vetoes, reports of state officers, railroad liens, maps, services of process, and applications for trademark registration (1893-1900).
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Miscellaneous Bonds and Oaths, 1858-1963
Includes oaths of commissioners of deeds; bonds of grain weighers, oil inspectors, and county officers; commercial bonds; and applications for peddlers licenses.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Bonds and Oaths.)

Territoral Secretary Bond & Oath Records

Records, 1849-1857
Miscellaneous records of the territorial secretary, including bonds and oaths for notaries public, territorial officers, commissioners of deeds, and county officers (1849-1857).
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Civil Appointment Records, 1849-1858
Record of appointment of notaries public, justices of the peace, commissioners of deeds, and territorial and county officers. Includes names, date of appointment, residence, and description of office.
MNHS call number: 108.J.13.6F

County Bond & Oath Records

Bond and/or oath records can be found in the:

  • County Auditor records,
  • County Register of Deeds records, or the
  • County District Court records

For bond and oath records search the library catalog using the county name and the search terms "bond" and/or "oath".  For example to find bond and oath records from Washington County you would search: Washington County bond or Washington county oath in the library catalog

You can also search for county bond and oath records by using the Advanced Search.

 

Choose the material type "Archival materials" from the dropdown menu to the right.   

 

Click "Search."

When your results are listed use the menu on the right side of the screen to filter your results.  Under the "Collections" option select "Local Government Records."

Click on "Apply Filters" at the bottom of the screen.

 

Official/Employee Bond & Oath Records

To search for official/employee bond and oath records, search the library catalog by the type of official/employee. 

Example: Notary public

You can also search for official/employee bond and oath records by using the Advanced Search.

 

Choose the material type "Archival materials" from the dropdown menu to the right.   

 

 

Click "Search."

When your results are listed use the menu on the right side of the screen to filter your results.  Under the "Collections" option select "State Government Records."

Click on "Apply Filters" at the bottom of the screen.

 

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