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Pearce family photographs

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: S3730

Scope and Contents

The collection contains loose photographs and pages from a photograph album that belonged to Norman Pearce. The photographs are of Duluth and the region including Lester Park, Fond du Lac, Chisholm after the fire, views of Duluth, a post card of the Cass Lake Centennial Pageant, people, buildings and events including a United Commercial Travelers picnic. Many are unidentified and not dated; most seem to be from 1908 - 1909. The photographs are all silver gelatin snap shots, one on post card stock. Also in the collection is "The Book of Baby Mine" for Elizabeth Jane Pearce. This book was commercially produced to serve as advertising and includes many pasted-in photographs of the baby and the family home as well as tips on the care and feeding of infants. Separate from the book are individual photographs of Betty Jane Pearce as a small child, newspaper clippings, a photograph of Betty Jane Arper later in life, and a Water-Front Pass for Norman J. Pearce from 1918.


  • Creation: circa 1908-1927


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

Norman Jesse Pearce was a traveling salesman. He lived in Duluth from 1917 until moving to Milwaukee in 1924. His wife's maiden name was Wage. Daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Pearce was born January 17, 1917 in Duluth and died April 4, 2000 in Salida, Colorado. Betty Jane attended Munger School in Duluth. While in Duluth the family resided at 426 Thirteenth Avenue East. When Betty Jane was 11 years old, the family was living at 8014 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. Betty Jane was married to William B Arper, Jr., son of Alice Arper (February 21, 1886 - November 26, 1959) and William B Arper, Sr. Alice Arper was the daughter of Bertha Tasker Webster (1860 - December 22, 1934) who operated the Webster tearooms in Duluth from 1896 - 1923.


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Language of Materials



The collection contains loose photographs and pages from a photograph album that belonged to Norman Pearce.

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.

Guide to the Pearce family photographs
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