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James Peet papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: S3047

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two typewritten copies of James Peet's original diaries and three letters. One copy covers 1856 through 1860 and is of unknown origin. The other copy was made by the Minnesota Historical Society in 1923 and covers 1856 through1865, the years 1861 and 1864 are missing.

The diaries include daily entries, personal expenses, weather information, etc. The three original letters, 1863 and 1864, were written by James Peet to L.H. Merritt.


  • 1856-1923
  • Majority of material found in 1863-1864, 1923


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

James Peet was born in Palermo, New York on November 18, 1828. He came to St. Paul, Minnesota, as a Methodist missionary in 1855. From 1856 to 1861 he was located in Superior, Wisconsin and Oneota (Duluth), Minnesota. He was involved in the establishment of the First Methodist Church of Duluth. At the same time he ministered to missions in Bayfield and La Pointe, Wisconsin.

During the Civil War, Peet was chaplain for an African American regiment, the 12th Louisiana Volunteers, which later became the 50th Colored Infantry Regiment. He was appointed chaplain on November 5, 1863, was mustered in on January 18, 1864, and was mustered out on May 15, 1865. During most of his service as chaplain he was located in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Peet returned to Minnesota after the war and settled in Anoka where he died on November 26, 1866.

Peet married Harriet Evens on June 15, 1854. She was born on August 18, 1827. Later she married Charles Jones of Minneapolis. She died in 1914. James and Harriet Peet had two children, Olin F. and Edoline.


5.00 Linear Inches

Language of Materials



The collection contains two typewritten copies of James Peet's original diaries and three 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.

Other Finding Aids

Related Materials:

NEMHC Archival Collections S3044 Northwest Mission papers, for other correspondence of James Peet.


This collection is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, but is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives.

Guide to the James Peet papers
Finding Aid Authors: B.H. Bruemmer.
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