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F. Rodney Paine scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3154

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one scrapbook, one photograph album, and a small number of personal letters, job applications, recommendations, resumes, and business letters.

The scrapbook, covering the years 1925-1928, contains Duluth newspaper clippings of Paine’s appointment as manager of the Duluth, Minnesota park system, October 1926 proposed breakwater at Lake Shore Park, later known as Leif Erikson Park, new City Hall home to the parks department, trees and bids for trees, forests, parks, the Duluth Zoo, budgets for parks and zoo, Enger golf course, Chester Park toboggan slide, dedication of Chester Park field house, Lincoln Park 10th street bridge, municipal forest, proposed site of a Lester Park swimming pool, conservation, etc and correspondence. The scrapbook does not hold anything on Skyline Parkway or Skyline Drive nor on Seven Bridges Road.

The photograph album, covering the years 1916-1920, includes 71 pages of photographs, snap shots and professionally shot photographs by Asahel Curtis. Images are of Jay Cooke State Park including construction of new road, Great Northern Power Company Settlement boarding house and residences, old bridge piers, power company’s suspension bridge, Fore bay, Minnesota Power and Light’s pipe line, Hammond River Road, picnic site, tool house and Boy Scout cabin, largest of three stone fireplaces, cedar grove near Thomson, lake above Fond du Lac dam, new road on old Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad right of way.


  • 1916-1967


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

F. Rodney Paine was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He was a graduate of Princeton University, and he earned a master’s degree in forestry from Yale. From 1926–1937 Mr. Paine was manager of the Duluth Park system following the 20-year term of city parks manager Henry Cleveland when Cleveland became secretary of the parks department. Under Cleveland the parks grew from 300 to 20,000 acres to 52 in number, and the Skyline Parkway from 4 miles in 1908 to 24 miles.  F. Rodney Paine became manager of the Duluth Parks Department in January 1926 after serving first as superintendent of Jay Cooke State Park for several years and then, in July 1925 as superintendent of the new Division of State Parks.  During his career, Paine served in many civic organizations.


4.00 Linear Inches

Language of Materials



The collection contains one scrapbook, one photograph album, and a small number of personal letters, job applications, recommendations, resumes, and business letters.

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.

Related Materials:

NEMHC Archival Collections S3689 Duluth Department of Parks and Recreation records

NEMHC Archival Collections S3078 Frederic W. Paine papers

Physical Description

2 volumes and 3 folders


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 F. Rodney Paine scrapbooks
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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