Finding Aid Friday: General Mills Pathfinder Edition

This quickie edition of Finding Aid Friday was inspired by the news making its way around my Facebook feed: Those delightful little marshmallows scattered in boxes of Lucky Charms cereal (or a product incredibly similar to them) are available for purchase on Amazon.

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A bag full of possibilities. Medley Hills Farm via Amazon

I am not going to lie: I have stood in the pantry and eaten those marshmallows out of my kids’ cereal. I’m a grown up. And I don’t care.

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Minnesota History Center

General Mills, maker of Lucky Charms and other sugar-laden cereals, doesn’t have any finding aids available online. The Minnesota History Center picks up the slack with a General Mills pathfinder, a rich guide to primary and secondary sources on the Lucky Charms manufacturer. I very much appreciate the research suggestions provided by Minnesota History Center staff: search terms, date ranges, which newspapers to focus on for company news, and links to external sources. If only such suggestions were a regular part of the average archives finding aid…

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Minnesota History Center

There are also images of General Mills objects in their collection. I admire anyone who can pop open a cereal box without destroying it. And keep boxes of any kind in pristine, un-demolished condition. Look at all that good condition cardboard.

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Minnesota History Center

The company has an interesting history and the Minnesota History Center presents it in an enjoyable manner that’s easy to digest while slamming handfuls of faux Lucky Charms marshmallows straight out of the bag.


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