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Frank M. and Alice Rockwell Warren family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S6108

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Frank M. Warren's records from the Isle Royale Citizens’ Committee 1926-1929 including lists of members, minutes, treasurer's reports, and correspondence including letters regarding a burglary on the island; Frank Warren's photographs of moose and other wildlife and views at Isle Royale 1924-1933); limited biographical information on the Warren and Rockwell families; formal family portraits and informal family snapshot photograph albums of the Warren, Rockwell, Conkey, and Morse families, some identified; a number of photograph albums of Frank and Alice's travels in the U. S. and around the world (1923); limited biographical information and correspondence concerning Dakota Indian/Scottish guide John “Jack” Linklater (1866-1933), a Warren family friend; Frank Warren's correspondence with Linklater's grandson Frank Nelson; and print materials regarding Isle Royale National Park (1931-1946); a few daily journals and travel journals of both Alice R. Warren and Frank M. Warren (1910-1948, 1950); a few dance cards and mementos of Alice Rockwell as a young woman; a photograph album of a number of young women that may be from Alice's high school days in Ontario; one scrapbook of adult Alice Warren's committee work in Minneapolis.


  • 1840-1962
  • Majority of material found in 1909-1948


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

Frank Merton Warren (1875 December 1-1948 October 16) and Alice Rockwell Warren (1881-1962, born in Picton, Ontario, Canada) were married in Minneapolis on July7, 1908.  Their home was at 3427 Humboldt Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Alice Rockwell graduated from the Univeristy of Minnesota in 1904, and was a teacher in the public schools until her marriage.  She was the first woman on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents (1922).

Frank Warren was a gradute of the Univeristy of Minnesota's School of Mines.  He was invovled in mining property in Hibbing, Minnesota as well as banking.  Frank and Alice honeymooned at Frank Warren's Park Place, Rock Harbor, summer home at Isle Royale that was called The Birches.  Frank Warren’s moose photograph(s) were used in published materials on Isle Royale. Frank Warren was the secretary of the Isle Royale Citizens' Committee from 1926 to 1929. His interests in the conservation of land and resources resulted in his active participation in establising Isle Royale as a National Park.

George H. Warren (1845-1927), father of Frank, was initially also an educator serving as a principal in two Minnesota high schools and a superintendent of schools in Faribault, Minnesota.  He was later a lumberman and the author and publisher of The Pioneer Woodsman as he is Related to Lumbering in the Northwest, 1914.  He was instumental in the formation of the University of Minnesota's School of Mines on the Minneapolis campus. Mrs. George H. Warren was Miss Jennie L. Conkey of Faribault, Minnesota.

Alice R. Warren Gaarden established The Warren Lecturship on January 1, 1954, at the University of Minnesota School of Mines and Metallurgy.


4.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection contains Frank M. Warren's records from the Isle Royale Citizens’ Committee 1926-1929.

Arrangement of Materials:

The Isle Royale Citizens' Committee records and all family papers related to Isle Royale are together.  Travel and family materials are grouped by the creator's name and chronologically arranged.

There are CDs and DVDs of moose photos and some travel albums. They are all in Box 2.

Box 1, Family papers Folder 1 Homes, Wedding (1908), Miscellaneous Folder 2 J. Rockwell Anderson’s correspondence with archives to place Warren papers Folder 3 Frank Warren, portrait photographs, see also box 4 Folder 4 Boundary Waters (1927-1930), Shipstead-Newton-Nolan Bill Folder 5 Alice Rockwell Warren Gaarden portrait photographs, see also box 4 Folder 6 Alice Rockwell education and youth Folder 7 Alice R. Warren Board of Regents, 1922 Folder 8 Alice R. Warren Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs Folder 9 Alice Warren Gaarden, Minnesota Alumni Association, U of M BA Degree (1904) Folder 10 Alice Warren social calendar, 1949-1951 Folder 11 Frank Warren AIME trip to Panama Canal, no date Folder 12 Frank and Alice Warren trip around the world, Nov. 21, 1922-March 30, 1923; letters home, list of photographs Folder 13 Frank Warren list of films, 1925, 1927 [not found by family, not donated to archives]

Box 2 Folder 1 Isle Royale Citizens' Committee, 1926-1929 Folder 4 Jack Linklater Frank Warren’s Isle Royale moose albums and camping diaries, Boundary Waters (1916), Frank Warren’s photograph albums and travel diaries; three albums of North Shore; album with Dept. of Agriculture (1922) ; Pokegema and Encampment Forest

Box 3 Frank Warren’s Isle Royale moose photographs albums 1924-1933 and enlargements; one photograph of Jack Linklater cooking on the shore in a group of unidentified people

Box 4 Family Photographs: Warren, Rockwell and ancestral family photograph albums and formal portrait photographs

Box 5 Frank Warren's photograph albums of European, Egypt, Asia, Africa, and Panama canal trips

Box 6 Frank Warren's photograph albums of U. S. car trips to Florida and the West; a few travel diaries of both Frank and Alice Warren; 1948 My Trip travel diary of Alice after Frank’s death in 1948

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:

Warren, George Henry. The Pioneer Woodsman as he is Related to Lumbering in the Northwest. Minneapolis : Press of Hahn & Harmon Co., 1914.

NEMHC Collection SD538 .W3


Isle Royale. Subject File NEMHC Collection Vertical Files

Guide to the Frank M. and Alice Rockwell Warren family papers
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus, M. David.
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