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Duluth Historic Resources Survey records

Identifier: S3774

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the field data gathered to constitute a survey and organized into the Final Report. This data consists of detailed information on buildings, sites and other cultural resources in the Duluth community. Virtually every corner of Duluth was surveyed street by street. Guided by the survey objectives and criteria for evaluation nearly 2,000 buildings, sites and other structures were inventoried. Data about each site and structure inventoried was recorded on a detailed field survey form. The location of each site was noted on a map and a photograph was taken. All field data was carefully recorded and checked against city directories, plat maps and other references. To assure consistency and objectivity, all field work was undertaken by a two-person team. Field work was never undertaken for longer than two or three hours at a time because of the tedious nature of the work. All photographic work was done by a professional photographer trained in the special techniques of architectural photography.


  • 1983-1984


Biographical / Historical

Since 1977 the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society has been surveying the entire state and compiling an inventory of sites and structures having historical, architectural, archeological or other related cultural significance. Between 1977 and 1983 over two-thirds of the state’s 87 counties and most of the major cities have been surveyed. As a result of this work, hundreds of additional sites and structures have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Duluth Historic Resources Survey Project is a part of this on-going program to survey the entire state.

As stated in the project contract, the basic purpose of the Duluth Historic Resources Survey was “to comprehensively and systematically gather and evaluate detailed information about the community’s historical, architectural, archeological and related cultural resources.” Specific objectives include: 1. To identify the city’s historical, architectural and related cultural resources. 2. To provide a basis for all future preservation planning work. 3. To provide a basis for increased public awareness of and interest in the continued preservation of the city’s significant historic resources. 4. To provide preservation planning input for related land use, transportation, housing, and other developmental programs.


3.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is divided into units reflecting the contents of the Final Report

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 Duluth Historic Resources Survey records
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