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Rocky Roots collection

Identifier: N229

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to the research of Rocky Roots. Included in the collection are clippings from newspapers, pamphlets realting to walking tours, notes, reports, correspondence and slides.


  • 1935-1998

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available to the public. Please make an appointment to view the materials atleast 2 days in advance.


Copyright is retained by the copyright holder, Sr. Joan Kain.

About the Book

The intention of “Rock Roots” was to take a geology fieldtrip through St. Paul, to tour examples of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock used in buildings, and to reveal the extensive and diverse geological history of Minnesota.

"And so, while the city hasn't always been here, it still reflects these ancient events in the stone and other construction materials of its buildings which form an historical and geological record. The stores, offices, warehouses, banks, and churches also reflect the history of St. Paul itself and of its people. The technology and the industry that went into shaping these buildings, and the sandstone, granite, limestone, and brick used to build them tell us something of the value people placed on them. This booklet attempts to read this three-dimensional record. It describes individual building in terms of their construction materials and their style of architecture, and it provides geological back ground on Minnesota dimension stones and other building materials."


3 boxes


This collection contains correspondence, articles, notes, books and slides relating to Rocky Roots walking tours of Downtown St. Paul.

Physical Location



The collection was donated by Sr. Joan Kain, September 2005.

Rocky Roots Collection
Sister Joan E. Kain, CSJ
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Collecting Area Details

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