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Bert Onsgard family photographs

 Collection
Identifier: S6118

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one CD containing electronic images made from photographs and newspaper clippings. It contains photos of family members, Hotel Nettleton, zoo animals, the Duluth Zoo, amusement rides, and Onsgard Printing. Included are three photos of classrooms with children in the 1950s from Longfellow and McArthur schools.

Accompanying documents on the CD: Brief biographical information on Katherine Brown Onsgard Onsgard Identification Information consisting of copies of some of the photos and accompanying information provided by granddaughter Lynn Perry.

Dates

  • 1898-1994

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

Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Bert E. Onsgard (1888 - July 7, 1971) moved to Duluth with his parents at age 4. He founded the Duluth Zoo in 1923, beginning with a fawn he rescued during a fishing trip. He acted as curator of the zoo from 1923 to 1937. Onsgard also founded the Onsgard Printing Co. in about 1912. He also owned and operated the Arrowhead Amusement Co. taking his merry-go-round and other rides to fairs. He was active in the West Duluth Commercial Club, the West Duluth Business Men's Club and was an organizer of the West Duluth Industrial Club. Onsgard was elected to the Duluth Hall of Fame in 1926.

Bert Onsgard married Katherine Brown. Their children included: Eldon, Virgie, Marie, Madeline, Bert Jr. or "Pal", and Katherine. Pal was killed in 1947 at the age of 19 in an airplane accident at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was a private and Eldon was a major in the military at the time. Katherine Brown Onsgard was born at the Hotel Nettleton in Grand Marais, Michigan. Her parents were Harriette and George Brown, the owners and operators of the hotel. George was a barber and had a barbershop in the hotel.

Extent

1.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection consists of one CD containing electronic images made from photographs and newspaper clippings. It contains photos of family members, Hotel Nettleton, zoo animals, the Duluth Zoo, amusement rides, and Onsgard Printing. Included are three photos of classrooms with children in the 1950s from Longfellow and McArthur schools. The CD also includes some accompanying documents.

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.

Related Materials:

Onsgard, Bert E. Biographical File. NEMHC Collection Vertical Files
Title
Guide to the Bert Onsgard family photographs
Author
Finding Aid Authors: M. David.
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