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The Women of Morgan Park oral history project records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S4504

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two interviews that cover topics and recollections spanning 1919-1960s. The narrators are Sally E. Solomon (approximately 75 minutes) and Pearl Barker (85 minutes). Each interview has three pages of subject index. A subject was noted every five minutes as the tape progressed.

Mrs. Solomon was interviewed on February 5, 1991. Sally Solomon was born in Morgan Park and lived there in her youth. Sally’s father, Michael, was a skilled worker at the steel plant. She married in 1954, and she and husband Paul Solomon moved to a nearby neighborhood out of the Park in 1959 to rear their children. Sally worked in the plant’s wire mill for two years and then doing clerical work in the office. Most of her family worked in the plant as did her husband’s family. Her husband worked in structural steel and went to school to become a foreman.

Mrs. Barker was interviewed May 1, 1991. She was married for 49 years to a successful physician, and they had three grown children. Their two sons are physicians and their daughter a CPA. The Barkers owned all of the homes they lived in, including one of the largest in Morgan Park on Beverly Street.


  • 1991 January 1-1991 June 15


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

"The Women of Morgan Park" was the product of a 1991, UROP project written by Laura Kurrle for the purpose of telling how women lived in Morgan Park when it was a company town (now a Duluth neighborhood) in the early and middle 1900's. Morgan Park was built by U. S. Steel as a community for their employees. The company influenced the community in many ways. Ms. Kurrle wanted to show the relationship between the history of the community and the women of the community.

Laura Kurrle a student in the College of Liberal Arts at the Univ. of Minnesota Duluth, was doing research within the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in conjunction with Associate Professor Eleanor M. Hoffman’s research.

The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers financial awards twice yearly to full-time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. UROP affords undergraduates a unique educational experience of collaborating with a faculty mentor on the design and implementation of a project. At the same time, faculty have the opportunity to work closely with students and receive valuable assistance with their own research or professional activity. UROP adds a new dimension to the undergraduate experience. It also encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special projects. Projects are expected to contribute to the student's academic development.


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The collection consists of two interviews that cover topics and recollections spanning 1919-1960s. The narrators are Sally E. Solomon (approximately 75 minutes) and Pearl Barker (85 minutes).

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 The Women of Morgan Park oral history project records
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
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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