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Marshall-Wells Best Quality paint division photograph album

 Collection — Box: SC
Identifier: U6243

Content Description

The collection consists of one photograph album containing black-and-white images of buildings in Duluth, Minnesota. Handwritten and typed descriptions on the backs of the photographs include building names and the type of paint or varnish used on the exteriors of the buildings. A few interiors are also incuded. The photographs appear to be by Louis P. Gallagher of Gallagher Studios. Buildings include govenrnment buildings, businesses, hotels, apartment buildings, hospitals, and schools. Also included are photographs of equipment used in paint manufacturing. The album appears to have been produced or used for sales by the Marshall-Wells Best Quality paint and varnish division.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1928


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

Marshall-Wells Company started in 1886 as Chapin-Wells Co. wholesale hardware and grocery firm. A.M. Marshall bought controlling interest in 1893 and changed its name to Marshall-Wells Co. The company grew to include 14 wholesale offices throughout the northwestern United States and in Canada. They retained their warehouses and executive office on the Duluth Waterfront. In 1955, Ambrook Industries, Inc. of New York bought controlling interest. The Coast-to-Coast Stores (based in Minneapolis, Minnesota) bought the Duluth Division of Marshall-Wells-Kelley-How-Thomson Co. in 1958, which ended the Duluth firm's operation.


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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.

Condition Description

Album is worn. Photographs are in good condition, but many are loose in the album.

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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