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Grace Lee Nute Collection. Papers, Photographs and Recordings

Identifier: 785-NUTECOL2-UMD

Scope and Contents

The collection contains papers, photographs, and recordings from the collection of Dr. Grace Lee Nute dated between 1909 and 1989. Included in the collection is correspondence (including significant correspondence to and from D. Appleton Century Co., Louis J. Ogden, L. A. Chase, J. A. Bertrand, Samuel Raunk, Dexture Nute, Helen White, Martha Nute, Solon Buck, M. M. Quaife, Karla Easterling, George Darrell, R. A. Beveridge, Richard Berdon, Robert Ichick, Laken R. Owens, and Fredrick J. Turner), articles, personal diaries, photographs, travel books, Dr. Nute's cap and gown, audio cassette recordings of Dr. Nute, film, passports, and other materials and papers.


  • 1909-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Grace Lee Nute was born in North Conway, New Hampshire on October 13, 1895. She received her B.A. from Smith College in 1917, and her M.A. (1918) and Ph.D. (1921) at Radcliffe College, where she studied under Frederick Jackson Turner. In 1921 she began a long association with the Minnesota Historical Society. She was Curator of Manuscripts from 1921 to 1946, when she became a research associate for the Society, a position she held until 1958. She was also associated with Hamline University from 1927 to 1960 as a professor of Minnesota history, with Macalester College form 1956 to 1959 as a lecturer, and was a lecturer at the University of Minnesota from 1939 to 1940. During the 1960's, Dr. Nute was Director of the James J. Hill Papers Project at the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul from 1960 to 1966, and archivist for the Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation during 1966-1968. The author of many books and articles dealing with the fur trade and exploration in North America and various aspects of Minnesota history, Dr. Nute's major publications include: The Voyageur (1913), Voyageurs Highway (1941), Ceasers of the Wilderness (1943), Lake Superior (1944), and Rainy River Country (1950). She held offices in various historical societies, was a member of many other organizations, and was a Guggenheim Fellow in Europe in 1934-1935. She is now retired and has been living in California since 1979.

Biographies on Dr. Nute can be found in the Directory of American Scholars (1969), and Who's Who in Minnesota (1958).


10 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection contains papers, photographs, and recordings from the collection of Dr. Grace Lee Nute dated between 1909 and 1989.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.

Related Materials

See Also Accession #159, and #786.

Seanna R. Stinnett Inventory prepared by Prasanga Perera, September 18, 1991
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526