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Frank A. King papers

 Collection
Identifier: S3742

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials gathered by King about many railroads but primarily the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway and its predecessor railroads Duluth and Iron Range Railway, and  Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway.

Materials include employee timetables, 1884-1948, 1956-1966; photographs; written records; equipment diagrams, 1893, 1896, 1906-1910, 1915, 1933-37, 1940, 1947, 1952, 1958, 1961, 1968, 1970;diagrams and specifications; timetables; maps; pamphlets and other publications; Oliver Iron Mining Company photographs; miscellaneous papers about the Leonidas Merritt versus DM&N railway (Rockefeller) case of 1895, including the Minnesota Supreme Court volume of court transcriptions, and diagrams from the Duluth Street Railway.

The Research Files and Photograph series are both arranged alphabetically by the name of the railroad or subject. Original negatives comprise a separate, parallel series with the 397 DM&IR negatives and eleven depot negatives itemized.

Dates

  • 1884-1984

Creator

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

Franklin Alexander King was a native of Duluth, Minnesota who retired as Senior Industrial Engineer for the Duluth Missabe & Iron Range Railway after 40 years of service. He was interested in the history of railroading in northern Minnesota and researching the subject for over thirty years. King was a member of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, and served as a director on the boards of the St. Louis County Historical Society and Lake Superior Museum of Transportation.

In 1972, he was the recipient of the President's Award for railroad history from the St. Louis County Historical Society for his book The Missabe Road: The Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway, published by Golden West Books in 1972. His many articles have resulted in recognition in Contemporary Authors, and listing in Who's Who in the Midwest. His articles and photographs have appeared in Train Magazine, Railroad Magazine, publications of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, area newspapers, and in various DM&IR railway company publications.

Frank King's other books are Minnesota Logging Railroads : A Pictorial History of the Era When White Pine and the Logging Railroads Reigned Supreme, Golden West Books, 1981, and Locomotives of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range, Pacific Fast Mail, 1984.

Extent

30.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection consists of materials gathered by King about many railroads but primarily the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway and its predecessor railroads Duluth and Iron Range Railway, and  Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway.

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 libarchives@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8526.

General

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.

Title
Guide to the Frank A. King papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Contact:
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526