Bray and Nystrom papers
Scope and Content Note
Collection includes plans for hotels, schools and civic buildings designed by the architectural firm of Bray and Nystrom, including the Holland Hotel (Duluth, 1909); Wakefield (Minnesota) Town Hall (1915); and elementary and high schools at Eveleth and Marble, Minnesota.
- Bray, William T., 1868-1959 (Person)
- Nystrom, Carl E., [ca. 1868]-1944 (Person)
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Restrictions on Access
Available for use in the Manuscripts Division reading room. Advance notice is requested.
Restrictions on Use
There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection. Copies can be requested if the condition of the originals warrants it.
William Bray was born in New York State in 1868 and had an early apprenticeship there in architecture. He moved to Duluth in 1891 to work as a draftsman and was employed in the office of Traphagen & Fitzpatrick from 1892 to 1898. In 1902, he was a partner of Carl Wirth, and then joined I. Vernon Hill in partnership from 1902 to 1904. From 1904-1905 he practiced alone and in 1905 he partnered with Carl Nystrom; the partnership lasted until about 1915. He returned to private practice and subsequently entered into a partnership with Claude H. Smith in 1923 which lasted until 1925. When Bray retired he moved to California. He died in Beverly Hills in 1959.
Carl Nystrom was born in Sweden in 1867 or 1868 and immigrated to the United States in 1889. He worked in several architects' offices in Ironwood (Michigan), Ashland (Wisconsin), and Duluth, where he settled in 1892. He was a partner in the firm of Young & Nystrom from 1902 to 1905, and then joined William Bray in partnership until 1915. After the dissolution of the firm, Nystrom practiced alone until his death in 1944.
3.0 Cubic Feet
Collection includes plans for hotels, schools and civic buildings designed by the architectural firm of Bray and Nystrom.
The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name.
Additional Finding Aid
An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.
- Bray and Nystrom
- City halls -- Minnesota -- Wakefield -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hotels -- Minnesota -- Duluth -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- School buildings -- Minnesota -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bray and Nystrom papers
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