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Prostitution in Minnesota: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Manuscripts

Carolen Bailey Papers
Bailey was a St. Paul Police officer and her archival collection includes correspondence, minutes, training materials, speeches, a scrapbook, newsletters, audiocassettes, and photographs. Subjects include child abuse, sexual abuse, battered women, incest, prostitution, sudden infant death, and police volunteers.
MNHS call number: Digital finding aid

Nina Clifford Biography File.
Clifford was a notorious St. Paul madam.
MNHS call number: Biography Project Cards, and Vertical File.

Edward F. Waite Papers.
Correspondence, speeches, and printed materials relating to the involvement of Waite, a juvenile court judge for the fourth judicial district of Minnesota (1911-1921, 1931-1941), in social welfare, civil rights, and civil liberties issues. A few items (1902-1904) pertain to his work as a municipal judge in Minneapolis and the control of vice (prostitution) in that city.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A/.W145e).

"Newspaper Transcripts and Index, 1849-1863, 1896-1897," compiled by Willoughby M. Babcock.
Typed transcripts of and a microfilmed personal name and subject index to articles on early Minnesota, selected mainly from southern Minnesota newspapers. There is only one card in the index under the term "Prostitution;" instead see the term "Ill Fame Houses."
MNHS call number: See the finding aids in the library, (P941 and M588).

"Richard (Dick) Thomas O'Connor," by George C. Rogers.
Unbound photocopy of a typed manuscript by St. Paul attorney George C. Rogers describing the life and political career of democratic political boss Dick (Richard T.) O'Connor, including information about bordellos and prostitution.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2359).

Government Records

Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area, Criminal Justice Program Records.
This archival collection includes some material regarding juvenile prostitution.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Metropolitan Council).

Saint Paul City Council, Files of Council Member Kiki Sonnen. 
This archival collection consists of correspondence and subject files, and Sonnen's subject files include material on prostitution.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Ramsey County, St. Paul, City Council).

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