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Olson (Alice) Collection


Material consists of  classroom materials, such as lesson plans and graduation programs from her time as a teacher at Maplewood, Beaver Lake, and Hillside Schools. Also included is correspondence to and from Ms. Olson, teaching guides and evaluations, and education-related journals, and Alice Olson’s 1977 autobiography, From Woodstoves to Astronauts.

1 box.

Parkside Garden Club Collection

1953-2010 [2010.52]

Material consists of a typewritten and handwritten minutes and membership rosters, membership booklets, and miscellaneous horticultural fact sheets and quizzes, including three issues of The Minnesota Horticulturalist.

1 box.

Paul Clifford Larson Research File Collection

1855 - 1996 [2019.74]

This collection contains articles, building permit records, photographs and notes relating to Clarence Johnston’s life and career and the homes he designed. Material on other Minnesota architects (mostly St. Paul based) and the homes they designed also are included. These materials were compiled by Larson as background for his biographical study of Johnston published by the Afton Historical Society Press in 1996 entitled, Minnesota Architect: The Life and Work of Clarence H. Johnston. There is an occasional file on a sculptor or artist (non-architect) whose work is featured in a home documented in this collection. Photographs from the Minnesota Historical Society or other repositories or from newspaper or magazine microfilm remain in these files. Photographs taken by Larson have been removed and are cataloged separately. Many, but not all, of the photographs were reproduced in Larson’s book on Clarence Johnston, noted above.

The collection also contains biographical information on Johnston and his family, including his father and mother, wifen and sons. Newspaper clippings relating to St. Paul history, 1850s-1950s, dealing mainly with architecture are included, as well as many files dealing with specific St. Paul addresses. These files are arranged alphabetically by street name

Peace United Church of Christ Collection

1860-2005 [2005.6]

Material consists of documents and photographs relating the history and functioning of the church.

21 boxes.


Peninsula Club Collection

1889-2007 [2017.14]

Materials consists of minutes, correspondence, property tax and bank statements, stock certificates, maps, and photographs of a hunting club of St. Paul residents, who owned land on the edge of Lake Johanna in Pope County, between 1912 and 2007. One of the folders contains correspondence between the club and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pope County officials concerning various conservation programs the club participated in between 1987 and 2007. Early records from the 19th century and early 20th century concern real estate transactions concerning the land the club owned or was interested in acquiring.

1 box.

Picha (Albert and Alice) Collection

1918-1954 [2000.7]

Material consists of legal documents, business records, and medical receipts for the family.

1 box.

Ramsey County Care Home Day Ledger Collection

1950-1952 [[2022.32]]

Collections contains 2 hardcover ledger books, each with approx. 300 pages. Each book contains handwritten entries by caretakers at the Ramsey County Care Home between 1950 and 1952. Individual hands recur with regularity, showing a consistency in staffing and shifts. Reports are divided into AM/Day and PM/Night, and either marked at intervals or recorded as summary. Occasional notes taped or tucked into entries.

1 box.

Ramsey County Charter Commission Collection

1966-2009 [2002.6]

Material consists of minutes, correspondence and notes, city charter for commission, newspaper clippings, budgets and financial reports, position papers, charters, and photos.

1 box.

Ramsey County District Schools Collection

1936-2007 [2011.62]

Materials consist of paper documents; typewritten, printed, handwritten and drawn, and photocopies; photographs and two silk “Class of 1940” and “Ramsey County School” ribbons.

1 box.


Ramsey County Financial Ledger


Material consists of one ledger (1897 – 1900) of general expenses related to courts, lawyers, and banking.

1 ledger.