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Charles A. Curtis photograph collection

Identifier: S6076

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of black and white and color photographs by a photojournalist employed by a Duluth newspaper. The photographs are of the city of Duluth, events, people, as well as the northeast Minnesota area primarily from 1971, 1982-1990s; many are not dated and unidentified. A group of approximately 130 Duluth and Duluth-Superior harbor, black and white, 4x5 film negatives from about 1957 are also part of the collection. All of the negatives are aerial shots. While Mr. Curtis was a photojournalist, he also entered photographs in art competitions, and he was a member of professional photograph associations and clubs. At least one of his news photographs took a regional first prize, and it is in this collection. It is a color image of a firefighter, oxygen canister on his back, giving mouth to mouth resuscitation to a kitten rescued from the burning building Curtis was capturing on film for a local news broadcast.

Negatives fall broadly into these subjects:  Aerial Bridge and Canal with ore boats in canal; Aerial Views of Duluth; Air Base; Duluth downtown; Harbor with grain rlevators and ore docks; Holy Rosary, School and Diocese; Kenwood neighborhood; Ore boats in harbor; Proctor rail yards; Steel Plant; Superior natural entry; University of Minnesota Duluth


  • 1957-1999


Biographical / Historical

Charles A. Curtis was a photographer employed for 48 years at the Duluth New Tribune newspaper from 1953 when he was a copy boy until his retirement in 2001. He was born in Duluth November 19, 1936, to Charles and Marion Peterson Curtis. He graduated from Central High School in 1954. He began his career as a photographer for the newspaper in 1955. His first wife, Rita, preceded his death. He was survived by his wife Phyllis.


1.08 Linear Feet

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Arrangement of Materials:

The photographs and negatives are sorted and boxed by size.

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.
Guide to the Charles A. Curtis photograph collection
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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