Minnesota Commission of Public Safety
Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.,
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
18.5 cu. ft. (19 boxes).
The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety was established by the legislature in April of 1917 (Laws 1917 c261), shortly after the United States entered World War I. The seven-member commission (governor, attorney general, and five persons appointed by the governor) was given broad powers to ensure the protection of persons and property, the defense of the state and the nation, and the application of the state's resources to "successful prosecution" of the war. The records consist of series of commission correspondence and miscellaneous materials organized into subject files (referred to as "rerum files" by commission office staff). They relate to all commission activities including (generally) the issuance and enforcement of orders, investigations, and the organization of county and local public safety committees; and (specifically) employment, the draft, patriotic meetings and speakers, publicity, labor problems, liquor and saloons, marketing and sale of food and goods produced, use of foreign languages, forest fire relief, shortages of fuel, food, and fodder, and alleged subversive and anti-American activities. F112. Science and Research. 1 folder, contains correspondence relating to the Minnesota War Invention and Research Committee and inventions or propositions submitted to it.