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Father Richard Partika photograph collection

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: S6011

Scope and Contents

NorShor Theater 1941 opening day Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, Caught in the Draft 1942 first anniversary, William Powell and Hedy Lamarr Theatre of a thousand Wonders

1925 Ore boat Robert Wallace leaving Duluth harbor 1925 Altering of Aerial Bridge to Aerial Lift Bridge 1939 Enger Memorial Tower 1942 Gas Bus, Hermantown Line 1943 Trolley Bus 1944 Aerial Lift Bridge 1944 Iron Ore Boat entering ship canal 1944 The College of St. Scholastica, home of the Sisters of St. Benedict

Fairmont Park (in 2000 called Lake Superior Zoo) 1942 Small photos: birds, polar bear (2 photos), llama, black bear, baby goat Larger photos: animal house, llamas, American bison, elephant (Bessy), grizzly bear, zebra, bear dens, polar bear (2 photos), birds, Scotch cattle


  • Creation: 1925-1944
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1939-1944


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

Father Richard Partika was born in St. Louis county Minnesota on April 26, 1926. He was clergy for the Catholic Diocese of Duluth until his retirement. There was a division in the Catholic community between the Roman Catholics and the Polish Catholics. Father Partika wrote about the dilemma and the Catholic cathedrals that were built and served the Polish Catholics who were blocked from attendance or membership in the non-Polish congregations. After his retirement, Father Partika became a prolific writer of letters to the editor to local newspapers voicing conservative views on social issues.


27.00 items

Language of Materials



Contains photographs of various Duluth scenes.

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

Guide to the Father Richard Partika photograph collection
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