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Imm, Val, 1893 - 1981. Papers, 1932 - 1974

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC Collection 0153

Scope and Contents

Series One: Correspondence, 1932 – 1971

These documents are primarily related to Imm’s correspondence with constituents concerning various legislative issues such as daylight savings time, taxes, and numerous other important issues of the day. The few materials after 1965 are more personal than the documents preceding Imm’s leaving the State Senate.

Series Two: Congressional Records, 1933 – 1967

The congressional records contain information pertaining to Imm’s legislative committee assignments and other more general records. These records contain information on the debate over changing Mankato State College into Mankato State University, the Faribault Feebleminded School, and hearings on the physical condition of the Minnesota River. Furthermore, this series contains the minutes of meetings from numerous Senatorial committees and yearly bound reports for other committees. A vast majority of the items are from Imm’s years in the State Senate. Only a few documents are from Imm’s one term in the State House of Representatives.

Series Three: Miscellaneous, 1933 – 1974

This section contains various portraits of Imm at political events. One photograph contains a family portrait of the Imm family. Additionally, these documents contain a few of Imm’s speeches and newspaper columns, information on the Blue Earth County

Republican Party, photocopies of scrapbooks compiled by Imm during his legislative career, and information on the Blue Earth County Council on Intergovernmental Relations.


  • 1932-1974

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

Val Imm lived in Mankato and was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives as a Republican in 1932 and served until 1934. Following the end of his term in the House, Imm campaigned for the Minnesota State Senate. He won the race and subsequently several additional campaigns. In 1955, Imm presided as the president pro tempore of the Senate. Imm served his constituents in the Senate until 1965. Besides holding office in the House and Senate, Imm was on the Mankato City Council from 1931 to 1933 and worked on the Commission for Interstate Cooperation. Aside from his political endeavors, Imm owned, edited, and published The Mankato News from 1926 – 1957.


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The Val Imm collection contains information regarding the political career of Val Imm. Imm, a Republican, served as a Representative and Senator in the Minnesota State Legislature from 1932 until 1965. The collection is divided into three series. The materials provide extensive documentation of papers pertaining to Imm’s correspondence with constituents and his work on various legislative committees. A smaller section of miscellaneous materials contains portraits of Imm, speeches, information about the Blue Earth County Republican Party, copies of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings compiled by Imm, and information concerning the Blue Earth County Council on Intergovernmental Relations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Val Imm donated this collection in 1975.

Imm, Val, 1893 - 1981. Papers, 1932 - 1974.
Peggy Larson
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Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US