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Duluth Surgical Society records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S4511

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of yearbooks for the years 1935-1944 in nine bound volumes, lantern slides, and minutes. The yearbooks contain the constitution, bylaws, rosters, officers, and scientific papers read before the Society at monthly meetings. The lantern slides include a portrait of each of the eleven charter members and five slides of Duluth newspaper information extracted for May 9, 1935, the date of organization. Interestingly, one of the five newspaper extracts is the day’s horoscope: A day to cultivate creative ideas: An auspicious day for beginning any new project.


  • 1935-1959


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 Society was founded in 1935 as a professional development organization for Duluth and area surgeons. Eleven charter members drew up a constitution, bylaws and meeting format patterned on the Minneapolis Surgical Society which three of the Duluth surgeons had recently attended. The participants met to give at least two scientific papers at each monthly meeting held from October through May. The annual meeting was held in May. A trained stenographer attended each meeting and later wrote up each paper and proceedings from shorthand.


1.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection consists of yearbooks for the years 1935-1944 in nine bound volumes, lantern slides, and minutes.

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 Duluth Surgical Society 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