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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mueller, August Benjamin, 1905 - 1996 Papers, 1966 - 1974

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Mueller, August Benjamin, 1905 - 1996. Papers, 1966 - 1974.
MSU Archives Collection 1217

Mueller, August Benjamin, 1905 - 1996. Papers, 1966 - 1974. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1217. 10 folders.


This collection consists of personal papers of August B. Mueller, of Arlington, Minnesota, who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for thirty-four years (1941 - 1975). The collection contains his personal correspondence with his constituents, newspaper articles and press releases about Mueller, reports written by Mueller, photographs, campaign literature, and a transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Mueller in 1977. Some topics included in the collection are highway routes, use of studded tires on Minnesota highways, and the 1971 abortion bill.

Biographical Note:

August Benjamin Mueller was born in Arlington Township, Sibley County on June 6, 1905. His father and family had moved to the area in the 1860s. Mueller and his brother, Edmond, operated the family farm where they raised purebred Holstein cattle.

In 1941, Mueller was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he would serve for thirty-four years. He chaired the Transportation Committee in the 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, and 1971 sessions, and the Dairy Products and Livestock Committee for eight years.

August Mueller died August 18, 1996.

Biographical Information obtained from Mueller, Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1973 - 1974, and Who's Who in Minnesota, 1941, Minneapolis: Minnesota Editorial Association, 1942.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains the personal papers of August B. Mueller, a State Representative from Arlington, Minnesota. Included in the collection are correspondence, photographs, campaign literature, and a transcript of an oral history interview conducted with Mueller in 1977.

The collection is mostly made up of correspondence between Mueller and his constituents. Some of the issues discussed in these letters are highway routes, the 1971 abortion bill, use of studded tires on Minnesota highways, wildlife preservation, and banking bills that were being considered at the time.

The collection also contains newspaper articles about Mueller, his 1974 Mid-Term Report, House research material, press releases, and magazine articles about the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine copied for Mueller. Also included are campaign materials used by Mueller and photographs of Mueller at various stages of his career.

Dr. Bruce Larson conducted an oral history interview with Mueller in 1977. The cassette recording of this interview, along with a typed transcript of the session, is included in this collection. During the interview, Mueller speaks about his family background, the Mueller farm operation, highways, agricultural issues, and his long tenure in the Minnesota House of Representatives.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Mueller, August Benjamin 1905 - 1996. Papers, 1966 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1217, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


August B. Mueller donated this collection in May 1976.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in January 1977. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about August B. Mueller available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Mueller, August Benjamin, 1905 - 1996.
Minnesota. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Arlington, Minnesota-History.
Abortion--Law and legislation.
Minnesota - Highways & Transportation.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1217



Campaign Literature



Conference on Studded Tires, 1971



Correspondence, 1973



Correspondence, Abortion Bill, 1971



Legislative Resolutions and Announcements



Mid-Term Report, 1974



Newspaper Article, News Releases



Photocopies of magazine articles, 1966- 1967



Photographs, Undated



Transcript, Oral History Interview