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Kathryn A. Martin Library

Inclusive Local History Project

Making Superior, WI and Northern MN sources on indigenous people, people of color, women, and LGBTIQA2S+ people more accessible

Getting Started

Finding and using primary sources to conduct local history research is often complicated and time-consuming. Finding primary sources created by people whose history is underrepresented or marginalized in most public archives and libraries can be even harder. This guide represents an ongoing collaboration of local history librarians and archivists in Northern Minnesota and Superior, WI, to make local history resources about underrepresented people more accessible.

In this guide you will find lists of local history resources created by or related to the history of people who have been traditionally underrepresented in libraries and archives. Resources are listed by institution, and contact information is provided for each institution.

This guide is the first step in an ongoing, evolving project. Resources, terminology, and participating institutions may change. We also recognize that the terminology and categorization used in traditional library cataloging can be problematic, and we acknowledge our own privilege as record keepers. We will make mistakes, and we welcome feedback when we do!

If you would like to contact us with feedback, questions, additional resources, or to participate in this project, please contact us.

Contact Us:


Phone: (218) 726-8526

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