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Thomas Foster family papers

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: S2343

Scope and Contents

The collection contains family correspondence and photographs of the family.


  • Creation: 1852-1874


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

Dr. Thomas Foster was born in Philadelphia on May 18, 1818. Originally trained as a physician, he later abandoned medicine for a career in the editorial profession. Foster was the editor of the first newspaper published in Duluth, Minnesota, the Minnesotian. In a speech on July 4, 1868 he is credited with first referring to Duluth as the "Zenith City of the unsalted seas." He died in San Francisco in 1901.


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Language of Materials



The collection contains family correspondence and photographs of the family.

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.

Guide to the Thomas Foster family papers
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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