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Arc Northland records

 Collection — Box: 10
Identifier: S2398

Scope and Contents

Content Warning: This item includes historical language that is outdated and offensive regarding people with disabilities. This language was retained because it is the official title of an item, organization, or event, or is included in the contents of the item as it was written at the time. For more information, please see the University of Minnesota policy on Historical language in archival description.

The collection contains the charter, board minutes, by-laws, administrative records, correspondence, financial statements, and membership lists.


  • Creation: 1951-1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1951-1979, 1984


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

The mission of The Arc Northland is to promote equal opportunity for quality living and to enhance dignity and respect for people with disabilities and their families. Services include advocacy, support, education, counseling, information, referral, training and other programs.

The Arc Northland was organized in 1951 as the Duluth, Minnesota chapter of the National Association for Retarded Citizens. The organization was founded to assist in the development and care of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 1990 the Minnesota Arc stopped using its original name out of concern about the word “retarded.” The national Arc changed its name a year later. Today, Arc is used as a noun and not as an acronym.


11.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection contains the charter, board minutes, by-laws, administrative records, correspondence, financial statements, and membership lists.

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:

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This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Guide to the Arc Northland records
Finding Aid Authors: Staff.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-07-07: The original title of this collection was Association for Retarded Citizens (Duluth, Minn.) records. It was changed to Arc Northland records on July 7, 2023.

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