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Coya Knutson: Groundbreaking Congresswoman: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


Coya Knutson Papers
This archival collection (1952-1980) contains biographical information, congressional subject files and correspondence, copies of bills authored by Knutson, her Congressional Record inserts, correspondence and related materials documenting her campaigns for the Ninth District congressional seat, transcripts of her speeches, press releases, and newsletters. Her alphabetically-arranged congressional subject files (1952-1959) relate to legislation about farm economy, small business, farm loans, student loans, and cystic fibrosis. Political files (1954-1958) contain correspondence on her election to Congress in 1954 and problems relating to her failed re-election campaign in 1958.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Arthur O. Reierson Papers
This manuscript collection (1934-1965) contains campaign literature, newspaper clippings, and correspondence regarding Coya Knutson's campaigns of 1956, 1958, and 1960. Arthur O. Reierson was the Polk County DFL chairman and helped organize campaigns in the 65th congressional district of Minnesota.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P757).

Research Materials on Coya Knutson
This archival collection (1930-1990) contains correspondence, theses, book drafts, and research materials compiled by Gretchen Urnes Beito, a Thief River Falls newspaper writer, for her book Coya Come Home: A Congresswoman's Journey (1990). The papers focus on Knutson's congressional service and are dominated by Beito's files of research notes and related materials compiled for her book. Also included are extracts from letters and printed sources, copies of campaign literature, and newspaper clippings.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2064).

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