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Minnesota Iron Company records

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: S4552

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies of monthly reports by F. Prince to Charlemagne Tower. The reports describe, in detail, work done or progress of work underway at the various company's properties: sawmill; Breitung location; Tower townsite; farm; brick yard; coal pit; Breitung, Stone, Stuntz, Tower, Lee, Ely, or North Lee mines; and Village of Tower. The reports mention the work force and numbers of workers but not individuals; costs; numbers, sizes, locations and effectiveness of various improvements and work.


  • 1883-1885
  • Majority of material found in October 1883 - September 1885


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 Minnesota Iron Company was incorporated December 1, 1882, by Charlemagne Tower. Tower named himself president, Edward Breitung vice president, George Stone general manager, C. Tower, Jr., treasurer, and Thomas L. Blood, Stone's son-in-law, secretary. Its intent was to mine and transport Vermilion iron ore out of northern Minnesota. C. Tower, an eastern entrepreneur, created the MI Co. and obtained controlling interest in the Duluth & Iron Range Railway after obtaining legislation to relocate the railroad's terminus form the Mesabi Range to the vermilion, connecting the Vermilion Range to Lake Superior.


5.00 Linear Inches

Language of Materials



The collection consists of photocopies of monthly reports by F. Prince to Charlemagne Tower.

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.

Physical Description



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 Minnesota Iron Company records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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