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Ralph Doty papers

Identifier: S2249

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and subject files concerning Ralph Doty's activities as Minnesota State Senatro. The correspondence consist primarily of constituent correspondence, it is arrange chronologically by month, then alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

Box 1-3 Correspondence

Box 4-6 Subject Files


  • 1969-1976


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

Ralph Doty was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1963; his M.A. in education from the University of Notre Dame in 1965; and his D.Ed. from the Unviersity of Minnesota in 1968. Doty taught in the Duluth Public School system from 1965 to 1966 and served as an Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Education from 1967 to 1968. In 1968 he became associated with the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth as an associate professor of education. Doty retained this position until 1976, combining his political and academic careers.

In 1970 Ralph Doty was elected to the Minnesota State Senate from the sixty-first district in Duluth, Minnesota, as a DFL candidate. In 1972, due to reapportionment, he was re-elected to the State Senate from the Eighth District, which encompassed most of the old Sixty-first district. Ralph Doty served in the Minnesota Senate from 1971-1976. In September 1977 he assumed the presidency of the Ely Community College in Ely, Minnesota.

His brother, Gary Doty, also served in the Minnesota legislature and as mayor of Duluth.


7.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection contains correspondence and subject files concerning Ralph Doty's activities as Minnesota State Senatro.

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 owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.

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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