State officials have digitized a host of old official state documents and made them available online.
The effort by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office and the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library categorized and digitized about 40,000 documents, dating from 1900 to 1990, including executive orders, extraditions, and oaths of office.
Officials said these are some of the highlights:
- Gov. Wendell Anderson’s resignation letter, and Rudy Perpich’s letter appointing him to the United States Senate (both dated Dec. 29, 1976).
- Gov. Orville Freeman’s executive order declaring martial law in Albert Lea to quell the violence stemming from a meatpacking strike (Dec. 11, 1959).
- A 1923 report filed by Great Northern Power Company regarding marking boundary lines between Minnesota and Wisconsin near Fond du Lac.
- A 1949 proclamation for “Apple Week.”
The project was funded by a $7,000 grant from The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund administered by the Minnesota Historical Society, and included the digital conversion of 47 rolls of microfilm.