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William Henry Eustis papers

Identifier: uarc 713

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence commending Mr. Eustis for his gifts and letters about the testimonial dinner given in his honor on 7 October 1925. Also included are his speech at that dinner, notes for another speech, a leather book of appreciation, a folder of pictures and a folder of clippings. Two additional folders contain an unpublished manuscript of a book on Spain.


  • 1923-1925


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of William Henry Eustis (1845-1928)

William Henry Eustis (1845-1928) was a noted philanthropist and beloved citizen of Minneapolis. He came to Minnesota in 1881 while prospecting and built a large fortune through real estate acquisitions. Disabled due to an accident while he was a teen, Eustis gave much of his fortune to charity, especially the Dowling School in Minneapolis, which cared for crippled children. He also donated funds for the University of Minnesota to build a children's hospital. From 1893-1895, Eustis served a term as Mayor of Minneapolis, and considered a run for the governorship, but decided not to do so. Eustis was known for his generosity and love for disabled children, and was a renowned citizen of Minneapolis at the time of his death in 1928.


1 box (.5 linear feet)


This collection contains the papers of William Henry Eustis, philanthropist and former mayor of Minneapolis.

Related Material in University Archives

Fred Beal Snyder papers.

William Henry Eustis Papers, 1923-1925
University Archives Staff; revised by Guy Peterson
March 2006
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