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Thomas F. McGilvray papers

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: S4484

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eight items concerning the Aerial Bridge and Thomas McGilvray. The collection contains a document detailing an act to authorize construction of a bridge in Duluth, 1889; a letter from the U.S. Secretary of War denying approval of the proposed bridge, 1892; a letter from the Mayor's Office to the Duluth City Council, 1900; correspondence to McGilvray from Duluth Canal Bridge Company, 1901; and a script for "Historic Site Ahead" concerning history of the Aerial Bridge, 1944; and a newspaper clipping from 1956 discussing McGilvray's opinion on the future of the bridge.


  • Creation: 1889-1944


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

Thomas McGilvray served as the City Engineer of Duluth from 1897 to 1912 and from 1935 to 1941. McGilvray designed Duluth's Aerial Bridge and supervised its construction. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, McGilvray came to Duluth in 1887.


8.00 Linear Feet

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The collection consists of eight items concerning the Aerial Bridge and Thomas McGilvray.

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 Thomas F. McGilvray 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