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Helge A. Gustafson Photograph Collection

Identifier: U6195

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs taken by Helge A. Gustafson of various construction and demolition projects in Duluth, Minnesota throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Topics include: I-35 extension through downtown Duluth, Superior Street bricking project; Lyric Block demolition; New Normandy Mall construction; Glass Block demolition; First Bank Place construction; Bradley Building demolition; Lake Avenue bridge construction; and Lake Superior Paper Mill construction. The collection also includes older photographs and clippings of Interlake Iron Corps. Zenith Furnace Company of West Duluth.


  • Creation: 1916-1988


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

Helge Alfons Gustafson was born on October 14, 1917. A lifelong Duluthian, he graduated from Denfeld High School in 1937, and went on to work in various jobs, including for the Grand Bakery, Miller's Cafeteria, the Northern Pacific Railroad, and Diamond Tool. He worked for the Duluth School District at Denfeld High School for 19 years, retiring from there in 1980. He was an accomplished amatuer photographer. Gustafson passed away in 2002 at the age of 84.


5 linear inches

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Contains photographs taken by Helge A. Gustafson of various construction and demolition projects in Duluth, Minnesota throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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.

Processing Information

Folders 1 – 11 were removed from a photo album. The original order of the photographs was maintained.

Folders 12 – 16 were removed from a three-ring binder. The original order of the materials was maintained.

Two labels from cover of binder read:

“History and Pictures of Interlake Iron Corp’s. Zenith Furnace Co. of West Duluth, Minn. -and- History of the City of Duluth’s Water and Gas Department from Nov., 1958 thru July of 1982…. This compiled (Feb., March, 1987), book property of Helge A. Gustafson 4117 W. 6th Street Duluth, Minn. Most of these photos given to me by -Mr. Clarence A. Hanson 123 S. 62nd Ave. W. Duluth, Minn. 55807 February, 1987” (cover label)

“Zenith Furnace Company 1902 to 1928…. Interlake Iron Corporation of West Duluth Minnesota 1928 to about 1960 This book put together March, 1987” (spine label)

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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