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Ina Ten Eyck Firkins papers

Identifier: uarc 716

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence and papers regarding her books Index of Playsand Index to Short Stories. In addition, there is correspondence with Charles F. Woods, librarian for the Riverside, California Public Library regarding arranging a course for Ina Firkins to teach as a guest lecturer. Lecture notes and a description of the course she planned on teaching are also included.

There is a small amount of correspondence regarding the University Library and the collection contains a personal scrapbook of clippings of poems, most of them by Rudyard Kipling.


  • Creation: 1917, 1920-1924, 1933


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

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 Ina Ten Eyck Firkins (1866-1937)

Ina Ten Eyck Firkins, A.B. University of Minnesota (1888). Assistant Librarian, Reference Librarian (1889-1932), Acting University Librarian (1920-1921) at the University of Minnesota.

Ina Ten Eyck Firkins was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1866. She received a Bachelor of Literature degree from the University of Minnesota in 1888. Following her graduation, she accepted the position of Assistant Librarian at the University of Minnesota Library. Miss Firkins remained with the University Library for her entire professional career, retiring in 1932 as Reference Librarian.

With the departure of University Librarian James Gerould in 1920, Miss Firkins was named Acting University Librarian, with the rank of Associate Professor, for the 1920-1921 academic year. During that year, Miss Firkins worked to manage rapidly increasing circulation of material, several open positions, and, what she described as, a library building “cramped for space and under-staffed.” She returned to her position as reference librarian when Frank K. Walter was named University Librarian in 1921.

During her career, she compiled well regarded indexes and index supplements to short stories and plays and a bibliography of Henrik Ibsen. Miss Firkins was the first president of the Minneapolis College Women’s Club and served as president of the University’s Faculty Women’s Club from 1930 to 1932.

Ina Ten Eyck Firkins died July 16, 1937 while on aboard the steamer “Paris” near Norway.


1 box (0.3 cubic feet)


Collection contains the papers of Ina Ten Eyck Firkins, librarian at the University of Minnesota.

Other Related Material

Oscar W. Firkins and family papers, 1876-1934. The Minnesota Historical Society.

Ina Ten Eyck Firkins Papers, 1917, 1920-1924, 1933
Karen Spilman
September 2005
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Finding aid written in English

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