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Kathryn A. Martin Library

Researching the History of a House or Building in Duluth

Historic House Photographs

Collections included in the House Photograph Index:

Some smaller collections may also contain photographs of houses. Please ask the archivist for more information.

City Directories

Duluth City Directories include alphabetical listings of Duluth residents and businesses by name. Beginning in 1930, directories include a listing by address. Track the residents of a house by starting with more current dates and moving backward. 

The UMD Archives holds City Directories for Duluth and some surrounding towns. Duluth City Directories date from 1882 - 2002, with some volumes missing. City Directories are also available at the Duluth Public Library.

Other resources for City Directories:

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Originally created for fire insurance companies to assess liability, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps show a footprint of buildings to scale. They may also indicate the type of material used to construct a building, and in some cases may include other information.

Subject and Biographical Files

Subject Files include files on some important buildings in Duluth. Biographical Files contain information on notable Duluth residents. These files contain printed material, primarily newspaper clippings. The amount of material and the date range varies considerably by topic. 

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