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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Erdahl, Arlen Inglof, 1931 - . Collection, 1963 - 1970.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 146



Erdahl, Arlen Inglof, 1931 - . Collection, 1963 - 1970. SMHC Manuscript Collection 146. 3 Archives boxes, 3 cubic feet.

Abstract:

The Arlen Inglof Erdahl collection contains materials about Erdahl's seven years in the Minnesota House of Representatives and his campaign for Minnesota Secretary of State in 1970. However, the majority of the collection is related to Erdahl's job as a state representative. The collection is arranged in chronological order from 1963 through 1970. Each year has been divided between into three series of information: Correspondence, Congressional Records, and Miscellaneous documents.

Biographical Note:

Arlen Inglof Erdahl, a farmer, legislator, and businessman from Blue Earth, Faribault County was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1962. He served four terms until 1970. During his time in the House of Representatives, Erdahl served on numerous committees during his eight years in office: Education, Conservation, Agriculture, Higher Education, Municipal Affairs, County and Township Government, Reapportionment, and the Cooperatives and Marketing committees. Also, he was the chairman of the Labor Relations Committee. Erdahl left the House in 1970 when he was elected Minnesota Secretary of State. He served as Secretary of State until 1974 when he became a member of Minnesota's first Public Service Commission. Also, Erdahl served in numerous capacities within the Republican Party.

Scope and Content:

This collection has been divided into three series: Correspondence, 1963 - 1970, Congressional Records, 1963 - 1970, and Miscellaneous, 1963 - 1969.

Congressional, 1963 - 1970:
These documents contain letters to and from Erdahl to his constituents in Faribault County and other residents of Minnesota. These documents comprise the majority of this collection and cover a variety of topics ranging from abortion to daylight savings time.

Congressional Records, 1963 - 1970:
The congressional records pertain to Erdahl's activities within the House of Representatives. Some of the bills Erdahl wrote and sponsored are in this series.

Miscellaneous, 1963 - 1970:
This series contains a diverse variety of information. For instance, while working under a grant from the Bush Leaders Fellowship at Harvard University, Erdahl conducted a research project into the Non-Partisan Legislatures of Minnesota and Nebraska. Additionally, this series has a few birthday and anniversary cards exchanged between Arlen and Ellen, his wife, Erdahl. The remainder of this section contains a variety of newspaper clippings and news releases about Erdahl's legislative career along with campaign materials from his successful bid for the Minnesota Secretary of State's office in 1970.

Restrictions:

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:

Erdahl, Arlen Inglof, 1931 - . Collection, 1963 - 1970. SMHC Manuscript Collection 146, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Arlen Inglof Erdahl donated this collection in March 1975.

Processed By:

The MSU Archives staff processed this collection. The finding aid was revised by Jeff A. Jenson in January 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are similar manuscript collections about Arlen Inglof Erdahl available at the Minnesota Historical Society and at the Political Commercial Archive, Dept. of Communication, University of Oklahoma, Burton Hall, Norman, Oklahoma.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Erdahl, Arlen Inglof, 1931 -. Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )-Minnesota
Legislators--Minnesota--Faribault County.
Political campaigns--Minnesota.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 146

Box

Folder

Correspondence, 1963 - 1970

 

 

Correspondence, January – February

1

1

Correspondence, 1963, March 1 – 14

1

2

Correspondence, 1963, March 15 – 31

1

3

Correspondence, 1963, April

1

4

Correspondence, 1963, May

1

5

Correspondence, 1965, January

1

10

Correspondence, 1965, February

1

11

Correspondence, 1965, March 1 – 16

1

12

Correspondence, 1965, March 17 – 31

1

13

Correspondence, 1965,April

1

14

Correspondence, 1965, May

1

15

Correspondence, 1967, January

2

1

Correspondence, 1967, February

2

2

Correspondence, 1967, March 1 – 15

2

3

Correspondence, 1967, March 15 – 31

2

4

Correspondence, 1967, April

2

5

Correspondence, 1967, May 1 – 15

2

6

Correspondence, 1967, May 16 – 31

2

7

Correspondence, 1967, June – December

2

8

Correspondence, 1968, January – August

2

13

Correspondence, 1968, September – December

2

14

Correspondence, 1969, January

2

16

Correspondence, 1969, February 1 – 15

2

17

Correspondence, 1969, February 16 – 28

2

18

Correspondence, 1969, March 1 – 15

2

19

Correspondence, 1969, March 16 – 21

2

20

Correspondence, 1969, March 22 – 31

2

21

Correspondence, 1969, April 1 – 10

3

1

Correspondence, 1969, April 11 – 15

3

2

Correspondence, 1969, April 16 – 23

3

3

Correspondence, 1969, April 24 – 30

3

4

Correspondence, 1969, May 1 – 10

3

5

Correspondence, 1969, May 11 – 15

3

6

Correspondence, 1969, May 16 – 31

3

7

Correspondence, 1969, June – December

3

8

Correspondence, 1970, January – February

3

25

Correspondence, 1970, March – May

3

26

Congressional Records, 1963 - 1970

 

 

Bills, 1969

3

9

Bills, 1969

3

10

Bills, Garnishments, Sub-Committee, 1969

3

11

Bills, Labor Relations Committee, Letters on House Bill 332, 1969

3

12

Education Committee, 1967

2

9

Game and Fish Commission, 1963

1

7

Health and Physical Education Advisory Committee, 1968

2

15

Interim Commissions, Reports, 1969 – 1970

3

27

Interim Commissions, Reports, 1970

3

28

Legislative Reports, Miscellaneous, 1967

2

10

Letters Requesting Notification on Legislative Bills, 1969

3

13

Minnesota Department of Employment Security, Publications, 1969

3

22

Municipal Affairs Commission, 1963

1

8

Papers and Publications, 1965

1

16

Reapportionment, 1965

1

17

Reports and Articles, 1963

1

6

Reports and Articles, 1967

2

12

Miscellaneous, 1963 - 1970

 

 

Elmore Commencement Address and Invitations, 1969

3

17

Envelopes and Letterheads, 1969

3

18

Letters, Documents, and Publications, Miscellaneous,1969

3

19

Letters, Documents, and Publications, Miscellaneous, 1969

3

20

Letters and Press Releases, 1970

3

29

Memorabilia, 1969

3

21

Newspaper Clippings, 1967

2

11

Newspaper Clippings, 1969

3

24

Non-Partisan Legislatures, Research Project, Minnesota, 1966

1

18

Non-Partisan Legislatures, Research Project, Nebraska, 1966

1

19

Non-Partisan Legislatures, Research Project, Results, 1966

1

20

Papers, Miscellaneous, 1963

1

9

Papers and Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1966

1

21

Press Releases, “Capitol Report,” 1969

3

14

Press Releases, “House Highlights,” 1969

3

15

Press Releases, Miscellaneous, 1969

3

16

Press Releases, Republicans, 1969

3

23

Secretary of State, Campaign Materials, 1970

3

30