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Frank Bryant skating scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: S3760

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one scrapbook of news clippings, frequently not dated, which chronicle Bryant’s skating career. Many Midwestern (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Detroit) competitors and rinks are mentioned and race results given. The clippings are primarily from 1907 – 1915, one dated December 1926, mentions an attempted comeback. Photographs illustrate the album including 15 prints not glued into the album. There are two photographs of Bryant and his daughter, Gladys, age 19, who together entered a roller skating endurance contest in 1929. One folder of advertising handbills for various meets are in fragile condition. Names mentioned includ: Joe Munch, Frank Kendig, Raymond Kelly, E.J. Eckford, Harley Davidson, Walter Osmin.


  • 1907-1961
  • Majority of material found in 1907-1915


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

In 1913, Frank Bryant was named both national and world champion speed roller skater. On Dec. 1913, he defeated Roland Cioni of Italy in 2 of 3 five mile races. Bryant also held victories over Harley Davidson, the man Cioni dethroned. In 19 years of skating, Bryant set the world half mile record of 1 min. 32 seconds. He set a record in 1915 of skating more than 348 miles in 24 hours. He retired from skating in 1926 at age 27. Mr. Bryant was an employee of Union Towing and Wrecking Co., Duluth (Great Lakes Towing Co.) for 32 years, retiring in 1955.


1.00 Volumes

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The collection consists of one scrapbook of news clippings, which chronicle Bryant’s skating career.

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.


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, and are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.

Guide to the Frank Bryant skating scrapbook
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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