Sarah G. and George W. Baird Diaries and Account Books, 1862,1870-1918
Diaries, account books, and memorabilia of an Edina (Hennepin County) farm couple. Sarah's 26 diaries (1883, 1886-1918) describe their farm life and social, political, and church activities, including their involvement in the Grange and attendance at its annual national meetings (1895-1902), and trips to the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition (1893), California (1892-1893, 1913), Pennsylvania (several times), and Florida (1914). George's two account books detail farm accounts (1870-1880) and the 1913 California trip.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1396).
The Farmer Collection of Reminiscences, 1949, 1958
Reminiscent letters written by farmers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota for the Minnesota Territorial Centennial and Statehood Centennial editions of The Farmer, a magazine published at St. Paul, Minnesota. The letters deal with agricultural methods and machinery, buildings, social life, education, homesteading, the 1862 Dakota Conflict, and grasshopper invasions.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P2081).
Thomas H. Griffin Papers, 1878-1883, 1899-1909
Account books kept by this farmer near Clinton Falls, Steele County (Minn.), listing receipts and expenditures for his farm and home; the prices of food, clothing, wood and livestock; wages paid to hired help; and the amount of milk furnished to a cheese factory. A diary (1878-1883) begins at the rear of the first volume and records the weather, dates for planting, and other aspects of his farming operations.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the Library (M272).
Anna M. Kurtz Diaries, 1949-1981
Diaries of an Eden Prairie (Minn.) farm wife, detailing daily life, social and church activities, raising and selling poultry and truck farm produce, family finances, canning and preserving food, automobile trips throughout the United States, current events and other aspects of rural life.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1477).
John H. Lawrence Papers, 1889-1934
An account book (1889-1934) kept by this farmer near Litchfield (Minn.), recording prices of farm machinery, dates of planting crops, yields per acre, income from farm produce, and wages paid to farm laborers; and a diary (1919-1929) mentioning farming activities and meetings of the local farm bureau and the cooperative livestock shipping association.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (M555).
James P. Newell Diaries, 1868-1916
Manuscript diaries (March 3, 1868-Dec. 31, 1916) documenting the daily activities of a farmer who lived near Plainview in Wabasha County (Minn.) (1868-1909) and later (1909-1916) in Albert Lea (Minn.).
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P1936).
Irvin Washington Rollins Papers, 1848-1895
Diaries (1848, 1855-1895), two account books (1861-1893), and miscellaneous correspondence and memorabilia of Rollins, a farmer near Elgin, Wabasha County (Minn.). His diaries comment on farm and social life, agricultural products, prices, meetings of local organizations, local and national elections, land claims, attitudes toward the Dakota Conflict (1862) and the Civil War, local government, and other aspects of Wabasha County life.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid
George W. Smith Letters, 1857-1858
Letters from Smith, St. Paul and Minneapolis, to his parents in Maine, commenting on the purchase of land; growing and marketing agricultural products; the weather; grasshoppers; and impressions of life in Minnesota.
MNHS call number: See finding aid in the library (P2179).
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