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Wigington Pemberton family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: N194

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of original tracings (most are ink on linen or pencil on paper) for over 130 building designed or supervised by C.A.P. Wigington. Most of the buildings are located in the city of St. Paul, MN and were designed during Mr. Wigington's tenure with the City of St. Paul Architect's Office. These buildings are primarily public schools (elementary, junior and high schools) and park buildings. There are also a few photographs and renderings, along with other documents and memorabilia.


  • 1926-1961

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available to the public. An appointment is advised.

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

Clarence ("Cap") Wigington (1883-1967) was the first African-American registered architect to practice for any substantial length of time in Minnesota. He may have been the first black municipal architect as well, having practiced in the City Architect's office of St. Paul (MN) for nearly three decades, from the late 1920s to the 1940s. He is responsible for some of the landmark structures in the city, including the Highland Park Water Tower (1928), the Harriet Island Pavilion (1941; now the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion) and the Holman Field Administration Building (1939) for the St. Paul Municipal Airport. His papers include plans for these and over 100 other commissions.


18 Cubic Feet


Architectural drawings in ink on linen or paper on pencil for over 130 buildings. Small amount of correspondence, documents and memorabilia.


The collection is organized alphabetically by commission name as it appears in the title block of the drawings.

Physical Location

High Bay; Mezzanine; A/V Room

Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.


Gift of the City of St. Paul, the St. Paul Public Schools, District # 625, and the Pemberton and Bohanon families, 2002.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Amy Rau, 2002 and the finding aid written Barbara Bezat, May 2004.

Wigington Pemberton Family papers
Barbara Bezat
May 2004
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Collecting Area Details

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