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Toltz, King, and Day papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: N92

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains working drawings (including mechanical, architectural and structural plans) for hundreds of commissions in the Midwest and western United States. These include plans for the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Saulte Ste. Marie Ore Dock in Ashland, Wisconsin (1916) along with dozens of other engineering projects, including bridges, power plants and sewage treatment systems.

There are plans and photos for the Hamm Building in St. Paul, Minnesota (1919-1920) that include drawings for the Capitol Theatre. The Prince of Wales Hotel (1920) in Alberta, Canada, and the Griggs-Cooper Candy and Cracker Factory (1910-1912) in St. Paul, Minnesota are represented, along with the Armour and Company Packing Plant in South St. Paul, Minnesota (1917-1920.)


  • 1910-1995

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Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Note

Max Toltz was born in Koeslin, Germany in 1857 and studied at the Royal Academy of Science and Engineering in Berlin, from which he received a degree in civil engineering in 1877. Toltz served in the German Army and then worked as a civil engineer in Germany, Switzerland and Canada. He arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1882 and began working as a draftsman for the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad (which later became the Great Northern Railway.) He advanced to chief engineer but returned to Montreal in 1904. In 1905 he was asked to return to the Great Northern and was given the task of electrfying the Cascade Tunnel on the railroad's mainline in the Northern Rockies. In 1908, Toltz formed his own company, Toltz Engineering Company, in which he remained active until his death in St. Paul in 1932.

Wesley King was born in Monticello, Minnesota in1879, was graduated from Anoka (MN) High School in 1897 and received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1905. He worked in the Bridge Department of the Great Northern Railway from 1908 to 1910, when he joined Max Toltz in partnership. King remained with the company until his death in 1959.

Beaver Day was born in Lisbon, North Dakota in 1884. He received his degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1908 and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he worked with Allen Stem (architect) from 1908 to 1918. He joined Max Toltz and Wesley King in partnership, forming Toltz, King and Day in 1919. He served on the State Board of Registration from 1929 until 1931. Day died in St. Paul in 1931.

The firm began as Toltz Engineering Company in 1908, continued as Toltz, King and Day and became Toltz, King, Duvall and Anderson in 1956. It is now known as TKDA (2004.)


256 Cubic Feet


The collection contains plans, photographs, job files, and specifications for hundreds of architectural and engineering commisions in the Midwest and western United States.


The collection is organized into the following series:

  1. Working Drawings
  2. Photographs
  3. Job Files

Physical Location

High Bay, Mezzanine, Audio-Visual


The collection was given to the Archives by TKDA, 2000.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Kjerstin Bell and Shauna Theel, 2001-02.

Toltz, King, and Day Papers
Barbara Bezat
June 2004
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Northwest Architectural Archives Collecting Area