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Minnesota Society of Architects records

Identifier: N53

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains bylaws, minutes of committee meetings and reports of committee activities, memoranda, membership and committee rosters and information, awards, newspaper clippings, financial statements, and annual reports. Among the membership information are many application forms which are a rich source of data on regional architects, including their education and professional backgrounds up to the time of application for membership.


  • 1882
  • 1912-1969


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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

Photocopying or reproduction of some materials in the collection permitted only with the approval of the donor and if the condition of the originals warrants it..

Historical Note

The Minnesota Society of Architects functions as the state organization of the American Institute of Architects professional association. It was formed in 1934 out of local AIA chapters, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul AIA Chapters and the Northeast Minnesota Chapter. It is a non-profit organization that links the national AIA and the local membership, acts as a lobbyist on behalf of the architecture profession, and as a catalyst in increasing public awareness of architecture, of architects' services, and of the built environment. In 1977, the society changed its name to Minnesota Society American Institute of Architects, and in 1992 changed its name to AIA Minnesota.


33 boxes (49 cubic feet)


Collection contains the corporate records of the Minnesota Society of Architects (now AIA Minnesota).


The collection is organized into the following series:

  1. AIA and AIA-MSA Correspondence
  2. AIA Annual Conventions
  3. AIA Board of Directors
  4. AIA Miscellaneous
  5. AIA Publications
  6. Building Codes
  7. Chapter Files: Duluth, North and South Dakota
  8. Minimum Fee Studies
  9. Miscellaneous Files
  10. MSA Annual Conventions
  11. MSA Cancelled Checks
  12. MSA Committees
  13. MSA Correspondence
  14. MSA Financial Records - Receipts and PAID Bills
  15. MSA Honor Awards Committee
  16. MSA Legislative Material
  17. MSA Meeting Minutes
  18. MSA Membership Applications
  19. MSA Publications
  20. MSA Publicity Material
  21. MSA Resolutions and Membership Rosters
  22. MSA Task Force and Committee Files
  23. MSA Treasurer Reports and Financial Records
  24. Professional Practice Commission

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Minnesota Society of Architects records
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area