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Kathryn A. Martin Library

Donating Materials to the Archives

Donations to Local History Collections

To discuss potential donations of local history collections, please contact us at or 218-726-8526. Please be ready to discuss the following information:

  • The organization, person or group of people who created the materials
  • General subject of the materials (examples: an individual's work, a social movement, community, church, business or industry)
  • Type of materials (examples: photographs, scrapbooks, reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, posters, flyers, video, buttons, etc.)
  • Format of the materials: hard copy and / or digital
  • An estimate of the number of boxes or folders / items

Northeastern Minnesota Historical Collections / St. Louis County Historical Society

In addition to its own collections on the history of Duluth and greater Northeastern MN, the UMD Archives holds the Northeastern Minnesota Historical Collection which are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.  Please contact the St. Louis County Historical Society for information on donating materials to them.

Local History Collections

Current collecting areas include:

  • COVID-19

  • Immigration

  • Businesses

  • Organizations, social, political, cultural, religious, educational and others

  • Tourism

  • Construction and buildings

  • Arts and music events and venues

  • Special events such as the Duluth-Superior Pride, Duluth Homegrown Music Festival and Grandma’s Marathon

  • Photographic materials of Northeastern Minnesota from any time period

  • Political campaigns of all kinds

  • Duluth neighborhoods

  • Local environmental topics

  • Lake Superior

  • Labor history

  • Agriculture including community gardens, community supported agriculture and farmer’s markets

  • Mining

Contact Us:


Phone: (218) 726-8526

Location: Kathryn A. Martin Library
Library Annex 202 (see map)