Dotson donates 150 years of history to MSU

AFS Corporate Member Dotson Iron Castings (Mankato, Minnesota) has donated the company’s archives of historically important documents and photographs to the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, according to the Mankato Free Press. 

MSU President Richard Davenport said the archives, representing the largest single donation to the center in the past 20 years, will be a valuable asset for current and future students and scholars.

“Dotson Iron Castings has been integral in making the greater Mankato area a great place to live and work for more than 140 years, and these archives will be a valuable tool in telling the story of the company’s contribution to our region,” Davenport said in a statement.

Comprising hundreds of boxes, the archive donation consists of 65 linear feet of company papers, including correspondence, subject files, contracts, financial records, incorporation documents, ledgers, production data, employee-related records, engineering drawings and photographs from the three main manifestations of the company.