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James N. Prior papers

 Collection
Identifier: S3786

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of: certificate of discharge (1871); letter (1872); Declaration paper, Marquette, Michigan, 1878; marriage certificate; Jessie Sparrow’s genealogy; Certificate of Citizenship, 1888; Nobles of the Mystic Shrine certificate; Dept. of Commerce & Labor, Washington letters; and one carte-de-visite of Jessie (?).

Dates

  • 1871-1910

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

James N. Prior was a keeper of the Minnesota Point lighthouse depot. He was transferred from the Duluth Range Light Station. Prior was born in Portsmouth, Great Britain, was discharged as a shipman in 1871, at age 18, following a voyage to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received a letter of introduction and recommendation from another shipman at South Hampton in 1872. He filed declaration papers and was granted U.S. citizenship in 1878 and 1888 respectively. He married Jessie Sparrow (born 1859) in Marquette, Michigan, 1883. Prior joined a fraternal organization in Duluth, Minnesota, in November, 1905, and was appointed lighthouse depot keeper in November, 1907, with an apparent renewal or reassignment in 1910.

Extent

11.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection consists of: certificate of discharge (1871); letter (1872); Declaration paper, Marquette, Michigan, 1878; marriage certificate; Jessie Sparrow’s genealogy; Certificate of Citizenship, 1888; Nobles of the Mystic Shrine certificate; Dept. of Commerce & Labor, Washington letters; and one carte-de-visite of Jessie (?).

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.

General

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.

Title
Guide to the James N. Prior papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Staff.
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