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Marvin C. Schumann Papers
S-70 · Collection · 1955-1968

This collection contains a majority of constituent correspondences during the time Schumann served in the Minnesota House. The correspondences are arranged in chronological order by date. The content matter of these correspondences mostly deal with legislative matters on a wide range of topics, such as: highways, welfare, forestry, labor, and a number of other topics. They provide insight to public opinion concerning prospective laws and new regulations.

The second part of the collection contains a number of books and department reports from the 1960's covering issues such as: environmental, Minnesota highways, Minnesota Development Association, Legislative Research Committee, and other commissions and reports. These booklets are arranged by topic.

Schumann, Marvin C.
Maurine Bailey Papers
234 · Collection · 1920-1929

The collection contains biographical information gathered by Ed Pluth regarding the various members of the subject’s family. The main attraction to this collection is the “The Girl Graduate” scrapbook which was includes countless photos and artifacts of Maurine Bailey’s life on St. Cloud State from June 1921 to fall 1922. Materials included in the book are Lawrence Hall dormitory regulations, State Teachers College picture booklet, personal messages from dormmates, many regarding Bailey as ‘Sub’, Bailey’s class schedules, Normal School Library manual, fall 1922 class schedule, and 1921 commencement exercises. In addtion, the scrapbook contains marriage announcements from friends, activity tickets, and calling cards of Lawrence Hall girls. This collection provides a wide range of interests to perspective scholars and researchers alike when looking at college life and experience in the early 1920s.

Bailey, Maurine
Max Partch Papers
106 · Collection · 1949-2003

This collection contains slides of nature-oriented images taken by Max Partch.  The images cover a wide variety of flora, fauna and landscape. Images include bird habitats and colonies, varieties of trees, damage and erosion both natural and man-made, nature formations such as cliffs, lakes, bluffs, ponds and marshes, and animals such as fox and beaver. Geographically, the images are primarily from Minnesota, in particular St. Cloud and Stearns County, but include locations in Wisconsin and Arizona.  Areas most depicted include the Cold Spring Heron Colony in Cold Spring, Minnesota, as well as other Minnesota heron colonies, nature sites including the prairie around Waubun, Minnesota, Englund Ecotone Preserve in Benton County, Minnesota, Partch Woods, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and other nature sites around Minnesota. Dates range from 1949 to 2003, but are heavily concentrated between 1949 and 1990.

Most slides contain an identifying number.  The numbers are unique, but do not correspond to any known system.  Most slides also contain a date, location, and brief description, though a few slides lack any additional descriptive information.  In some cases, the creator grouped ‘like’ items together for presentations and appearances, and that arrangement has been retained.

The descriptions for each slide was transcribed and included in the finding aid.

Partch, Max
Maybelle McAllister Papers
226 · Collection · 1920-1922

The collection contains a book of letters addressed to Maybelle from her fellow dorm mates, desk mates, and teachers during her last year on campus. These letters wished her well, spoke of her character, and the hope of future correspondence. The photo album is a collection of photographs taken by Maybelle during her time in the St. Cloud State Camera Kraft student club. Photos show buildings on campus and the surrounding area, inlcuding some still standing today (such as Shoemaker and Lawrence Halls and Whitney House), as well as classmates, children, and the scenery around campus.

McAllister, Maybelle
Melvin Miller Papers
S-1986 · Collection · 1970-1974

The Melvin Miller Papers consist of 13 boxes. The majority of items in this collection date from 1970 to 1974. The collection includes personal correspondence to and from constituents, copies of materials relating to bills before the Minnesota Legislature from 1972 to 1974 concerning the committees he served on, personal interests, and the interests of his constituents. Also included are the election and campaign materials for his 1972 election and 1974 re-election.

Miller, Melvin
Michael T. Hinkemeyer Papers
104 · Collection · 1971-1990

The papers of Michael Thomas Hinkemeyer contain various drafts of many published books, as well as papers of unpublished novels and other ideas.  The collection also includes books that he wrote using pseudonyms Vanessa Royall and Jan Lara. Published books with papers contained in this collection include The Dark Below (1974), Summer Solstice (1976), The Creator (1978), Flames of Desire (1978), Come Faith, Come Fire (1979), The Harbinger (1980), Firebrand’s Woman (1980), Lilac Night (1981), Wild Wind Westward (1982), Seize the Dawn (1983), A Time to Reap (1984), The Passionate and the Proud (1983), Fourth Down, Death (1985), Fires of Delight (1986), Limbo (1986), Soulcatchers (1990), and The Order of the Arrow (1990).

The papers show the evolution of the writing of the books, demonstrating how Hinkemeyer created, crafted, and revised the stories over time.

Series 1: Miscellaneous

This series contains a small amount of material related to Hinkemeyer’s life as well as records related to the donation and events surrounding his gift of papers to St. Cloud State University including audio and video.

Series 2: Published and Unpublished Works

The series contains drafts of many of Hinkemeyer’s published books, as well as other books that have not been published.  The unpublished books include Monahan: An American Tragedy, A Web of Time, Slow Death, and The Coming. A few books have more than one draft. These include original typescripts, handwritten revisions and other corrections.

Also in this series are uncut galley proofs for The Creator (1979) and The Harbinger (1980).

Hinkemeyer, Michael T.
Mitchell Family Papers
217 · Collection · 1860-1969

These materials focus on the family of Henry Z. and Elizabeth Mitchell. They arrived in St. Cloud in 1857 and had three children - William B., Mary, and Charles.

The materials here focus on the Mitchell family in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Mitchell homes at 508 and 509 1st Avenue South play a prominent role. A scrapbook highlights the life of the tea rooms at Grandmother's Garden, established by Ruth Mitchell in 1922.  Grandmother's Garden was the first home of Henry Z. and Elizabeth Mitchell.

There are is a family photo album that contains images of the Mitchell extended family.  Other images include the Mitchell Home at 508 1st Avenue South, which sits on the site of the current Mitchell Hall residence hall.  There are also memories of that home written by Mitchell Family members.

Other materials in this collection include property records, the appointment certificate of William B. Mitchell as St. Cloud State's resident director, art lectures by Mary Mitchell Burbank, and clippings in a scrapbook of the travels of William B. Mitchell and Mary Mitchell Burbank.

Mitchell Family
194 · Collection · 1869-2000s

This collection covers a wide variety of topics at St. Cloud State University - people, places, events, units, and athletics.  The collection was created from a huge and poorly unorganized mess of photographic prints held in University Archives.  Since the orgainization of the prints was poor, an artificial order was imposed on them to make more accessible.

Dating mostly from roughly between the early 1970s and the late 1990s, there are no specific creators but it is suspected that the University Photographer took many of the images and that the negatives from them are in the University Photographer collection. If not the University Photographer, the images were likely taken by other university employees for university business. If so, the copyright is held by St. Cloud State University.

Photographic print color snapshots, which date from the last half of the 1990s, are very likely not in the University Photographer Collection. There are images that do date before 1970s, especially mostly of buildings, which date before and after the turn of the 20th century, but are a small majority of the total images. Most images are undated and unidentified - the images were put into an appropriate series. To date the images, one must look at content and decide on an approximate date.

This collection is separated into two groups, then into series. Within those series, some are divided into sub-series when appropriate. The description below applies to both groups of images.

Series 1: Athletics

The series is divided by sport and then by gender, if applicable, within the sport. Nearly all of the images are action, group, and team shots of various sports.

Series 2: Buildings and Spaces

This series contains photographic prints of mostly campus buildings and space. There are some slides that depict locations outside of campus and are not.

This series is divided into three sub-series;

Sub-series 1: General Campus

This sub-series contains slides showing campus by air, campus artwork, mostly outdoors, and campus scenes. Campus scenes show various exterior spots on campus and often contain multiple campus buildings. These images often show people within these spaces, which focus mostly on the space.

Sub-series 2: Specific Campus Buildings and Spaces

Divided by specific campus buildings and space, the images show most often the exterior and, sometimes, the interior of buildings. The slides are sub-divided when appropriate by folder. Some material here show the interior of campus buildings extensively, most notably Centennial Hall as a library (1971-2000), as well as Garvey Commons, and Kiehle as a library (1952-1971). The images show mostly students interacting with the space.

The oversize photographs date before and just after 1900, especially for Old Main, both Lawrence Halls, Riverview, Shoemaker Hall, and the Old Model School.

If there was a specific event associated with a campus building or space, such as groundbreakings, dedications, and cornerstone layings, the slides were placed in this series and not the Social Activities and Events series.

Sub-series 3: Non-campus Buildings and Spaces

There weresome images that showed non-campus spaces, such as downtown St. Cloud, downtown Minneapolis, 10th Street / University bridge, and the neighborhood surrounding the campus as it grew. There are some images that were included here that are now part of campus but when taken were not, such as those that list intersections by street names, and include those homes that stood nearby.  These homes no longer stand.

Series 3: Campus Units and Organizations

This series contains materials related specifically to campus units, including departments, programs, and student groups by name. if there were events specifically associated with a unit, those images appear here, especially those for Learning Resources Services.

Series 4: People

This series focuses mostly on images of students, though there are some images here that are not student related. These students are shown together in groups, walking on campus, participating in class, studying, relaxing in their resident hall rooms, attending athletic events, participating in recreational sports, and as cheeleaders, danceline, or as the Husky mascot.

This series does not contain all images of students but those that were generally identified as students outside of those images that appeared in those related to Centennial Hall and other campus buildings, participating in study-abroad programs, or those depicted in social activities and events.

The oversize images are particularly rich, containing the class composite photos and individual faculty and student protraits, many of which appeared on the composite class photos.

Series 5: Social Activities and Events

Filed in alphabetical order, this series contains slides from specific events such as homecoming, commencement, and registration, to politicians, musical groups, and Hollywood actors. Those folders labeled as "Campus Events" contain images in which the specific event is unidentified.

Series 6: Other

This series contains imagess that did not fit into any of the above categories. Most notable are photo albums from St. Cloud State's centennial celebration as well as the 1975 celebration related to St. Cloud State (and other state four year schools) changing its status from a college to a university.

Series 7: Large Oversize Images

This series contains very large oversize images that could not fit into archival boxes. Due to their size, a separate series was created, but are a small majority of this collection. Particularly notable are the panoramic images from the 1910s and 1920s that featured all students and faculty, usually taken in front of Old Main and Lawrence Hall.

St. Cloud State University
Ralph Heimdahl Papers
215 · Collection · 1926-1985

The Ralph Heimdahl Papers contain eight record series: Bugs Bunny Newspaper Comic Strips, NEA Booklets and Pages and Published Sunday Comic Strips, Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes Picture and Comic Book Materials, Other Published and Unpublished Comic Strips, Rough Character Sketches, Anatomical Drawings and Watercolor Paintings, All Other Drawings, and Personal and Other Materials.

Series 1: Bugs Bunny Newspaper Comic Strips

Bugs Bunny began appearing in a newspaper comic strip in the early 1940s. The Sunday strip first appeared in newspapers on January 10, 1943 and drawn by another artist. Heimdahl began drawing the Sunday strip on October 5, 1947. The daily strip, introduced and drawn by Heimdahl, was first published in newspapers on November 1, 1948. Heimdahl would illustrate both strips until the fall of 1978.  The daily and Sunday Bugs Bunny comic strips ended in late December 1990.

In the Bugs Bunny daily and Sunday strips, Bugs is often shown trying to make a buck by selling items or providing services to his friends Porky Pig, Petunia, and Elmer Fudd. Some of Bugs’ businesses are: “Bugsy’s Toupees,” “Bugsy’s News Stand,” “Bugsy’s Beanery,” “Bugsy’s Used but not Abused Furniture,” “Bugsy’s Confidential Loan,” and “Bugsy’s Watch Repair.” Sylvester is typically a foil to Bugs, trying to mooch money or a free meal as often as he can. Other frequent gags include Bugs competing with Petunia for time on the pay phone, babysitting Porky’s nephew Cicero, or working for Mr. Schnoogle and Schnoogle's various businesses.

An item by item inventory of the newspaper comic strips is available.

Sub-series 1: Daily Comic Strips

Dating almost exclusively from 1966 to fall 1978, this sub-series contains 3200 rough pencil drawings of the Bugs Bunny daily comic strip. Except for a handful of daily strips, all drawings are dated with the published date.  Depending on time period, there are gaps in coverage.

Sub-series 2: Sunday Comic Strips

Dating from late 1947 to fall 1978, this sub-series contains 1400 rough pencil drawings of the Bugs Bunny Sunday comic strip. Except for a handful of strips, all drawings are dated with the published date.  Depending on time period, there are gaps in coverage.

Sub-series 3: Finished Ink Comic Strips

This sub-series contains a few examples of finished ink comic strips. The ink strips were sent to the Newspaper Enterprises Association (NEA), who were contracted by Warner Brothers to write and illustrate the newspaper comic strips. NEA printed the strips into the Comic Weekly booklets and distributed to subscribing newspapers. There are two framed Sunday strips, as well as five daily strips that had been given to St. Cloud State and displayed for Homecoming purposes in 1966. There are two strips from 1966 that were given to John Weismann, St. Cloud State alum and long-time employee.

Series 2: NEA Booklets and Pages and Published Sunday Comic Strips

Sub-series 1: NEA Booklets

This series includes NEA Comic Weekly booklets from 1964 to the late 1970s that have a week's worth of Sunday and daily strips for multiple different comic strips. These pages were sent to papers carrying NEA comic strips. Some of the comics included in these books include "The Born Loser," "Berry's World," "Frank and Ernest," "The Circus of P.T. Bimbo," "Zoonies," and "Alley Oop." The pages for Bugs Bunny are not included here because Heimdahl removed them from the booklets.

Sub-series 2: NEA Bugs Bunny Pages

Dating from 1964 to the late 1970s, this sub-series contains NEA Bugs Bunny pages from the weekly booklet in sub-series one. These include the six daily strips and the Sunday strip for a week.

Sub-series 3: Published Sunday Comic Strips

This includes published Bugs Bunny comic strips from Sunday newspapers dating from 1949 to 1978. Each is printed in color. There is also one Sunday strip of "Yogi" from the "Huckleberry Hound Weekly" which was a UK based comic for which Heimdahl drew the British version of the Hanna-Barbera Yogi character.

Series 3: Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes Picture and Comic Book Materials

This series includes Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes picture and comic book materials. The Looney Tunes comic books include Bugs Bunny, Baby Snoots, and Porky Pig by both Gold Key and March of Comics. The Hanna-Barbera comic books here feature Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound by Gold Key and Dell. This series also has a published Yogi Bear coloring book and the sketches that Heimdahl did for the book prior to its publication.

Also here are sketches for various other comic books for Bugs Bunny, Baby Snoots, and Uptite Mouse. The comic books covers are drawn in pencil or ink and include Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes characters such as Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and Daffy Duck. There is also a comic book cover for Pink Panther. Character model sheets in this collection portray the characters from different angles and positions, which allowed the artist to see different perspectives for characters. The blueprints in this series were used for accurate printing and reproduction purposes.

Series 4: Other Published and Unpublished Comic Strips

This series includes published and unpublished comic strips and ideas of Heimdahl's that were not Bugs Bunny such as "Minnie Soo and Little HaHa," Yippy the Yukon Pilot," "Herky the Horse," and "Mr. Puffin."

"Minnie Soo and Little HaHa" was a comic that featured a Sioux boy and girl written and drawn by Heimdahl. He ultimately sold the comic to Crown Comics in New York before he returned to California to draw for Western Publishing. Included here are scripts for the comics, a notebook titled, "Indian Lore," which Heimdahl has noted the Sioux translations of names and places, rough sketches, ink sketches, model sheets, panel drawings, and pre-published comics. Crown Comics published Minnie Soo and Little HaHa from 1947 to 1949.

"Yippy the Yukon Pilot," is about Yippy, a bush pilot who operates a freight and flying service in Alaska and the Canadian wilds. This collection has rough sketches, ink drawings, and pre-published comics. It was never published.

"Mr. Puffin" includes rough pencil sketches, ink drawings, panel drawings, and pre-published comics. It was never published.

Additionally, series 4 also includes various ideas of Heimdahl's for comic strips. Some of these are characters named Snusbox, Pokey Mopus, and Zimmy Dean.

Series 5: Rough Character Sketches

This series includes rough character pencil drawings of Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera characters drawn by Heimdahl.

Series 6: Anatomical Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

This series contains watercolor paintings, anatomical drawings, and other drawings by Heimdahl, including a drawing likely from his school days from Willmar in 1926.

Series 7: All Other Drawings

This series includes materials for the Bugs Bunny Easter Coloring Contest such as rough sketches, posters, flyers, and correspondence to Heimdahl regarding the contest. The Bugs Bunny Easter Coloring Contest was designed for children up to age twelve to complete the sentence, "Bugs Bunny is My Favorite Comic Because..." or they could fill in the last line of a provided jingle. They would submit this with a colored Bugs Bunny drawing for a chance to win a prize. The contest was held by NEA. The series also has a photo of Heimdahl with the 1956 winner Cheryl Stoner.

Also included are photos of Heimdahl with Kazunori Shinoda who drew a Bugs Bunny Christmas scene that was selected by the Lung Association for the usage of the 1978 California Christmas Seal.

This series contains drawing samples Heimdahl submitted to places such as the Arcadia Public Library, Dell Publishing, and the Saturday Evening Post, along with accompanying correspondence. There is also a sketch of Bugs Bunny wearing a St. Cloud State College football uniform, sketches Heimdahl did for St. Cloud State's 1967 Homecoming, and an ink drawing of Bugs Bunny in front of Whitney House.

Finally, this series includes miscellaneous pencil and ink drawings by Heimdahl. There are also sketches in honor of Tom Peoples' retirement from NEA.

Series 8: Personal and Other Materials

Series 8 is split into three sub-series related to personal and other materials.

Sub-series 1: Correspondence

This sub-series includes correspondence between Heimdahl and various institutions such as the American Academy of Humor, St. Cloud State, and Walt Disney Studios. There are also letters regarding his retirement, fan mail sent to Heimdahl, and Christmas cards and letters drawn by Heimdahl in the 1970s which were sent to family and friends.

Sub-series 2: Published Comic Strips

Includes comic strips not written by Heimdahl that he collected for inspiration or creative ideas.

Sub-series 3: General

Sub-series 3 includes personal material related to Heimdahl such as newspaper clippings about his life, his obituary, correspondence, images, a scrapbook, his films, and letterman sweater from St. Cloud State. The book included in this collection, _A Private Gem in a Public Settings, _in which Heimdahl submitted a cartoon and is not bound within the book.

The photographs in this collection show Heimdahl in a football uniform, Heimdahl with other Disney artists, on his Vermont farm, and with his wife Esther. Other photos here feature his friends at St. Cloud State. Some of these images are digital only.

Other materials in this sub-series include books and notebooks of anatomical diagrams, engine systems, and a record he kept of the Sunday pages he drew of Bugs Bunny. The scrapbook documents his trip to St. Cloud State in 1966 in which he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award.

There are four films included in sub-series three. "Autumn Madness" is the story of his daughter Martha's busy schedule getting ready for high school homecoming festivities. The film shows Martha in her role as a homecoming princess and decorating cars on campus for the parade. The grand climax features half-time with music of the Apache band. The film was submitted to the Bolex "How America Lives," movie contest in 1962 and won the silver medallion award.

"Pond Life," planned by Martha and filmed with the help of Heimdahl, was the result of a biology class project and filmed at an arboretum. It is a story of spring activity with scenes of ducks, geese, frogs, blossoms, and vegetation. The film was awarded first place in the Nature Classification for 16mm films for the 1963 Cincinnati Film Festival.

Other films are a 1965 film titled, "The West," which is a short film about Native Americans using still images, and a KCMT TV film "Homecoming St. Cloud State Awards Brunch" newsreel that highlights Heimdahl's 1966 St. Cloud State Distinguished Alumni Award. There is a letter from American Heritage, dated April 3, 1964, in which they negotiate terms with Heimdahl to use still photos for The West.

Finally, Heimdahl's St. Cloud State letterman sweater is included in this sub-series. It is a gold button up cardigan sweater with a maroon and black school logo on it.

Heimdahl, Ralph
Records of Aero Club
207 · Collection · 1948-1984

This collection contains the records of Aero Club. Included in the collection are three club scrapbooks, photographs of club activities, monthly newsletters published by Aero Club, one meeting minutes book, Aero Club's Constitution and By-Laws, newspaper clippings, and membership lists.

Aero Club