Local History


Minnesota Reflections

Atlases, maps, and books that record the early history of Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota.

Vintage Duluth 

Local history blog written by reference librarians at Duluth Public Library.

Zenith City Online 

Features and columns covering topics such as Duluth's development, architecture, culture, parks, landmarks, and biographies.

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub 

A Collection of historical MN newspapers including four early Duluth Publications

Newspaper Index 

Subject index to articles of regional interest. Developed and maintained by the Duluth Public Library Staff.

Regional Magazine Index

A guide to articles through 2008 of regional interest that appeared in area publications.

Rasmusen Model Pharamacy and T.A. Pinto Jeweler on Michigan Street and Garfield Ave around 1890.

Rasmusen Model Pharmacy and T.A. Pinto Jeweler on Michigan Street and Garfield Ave around 1890.

At the Library

These collections are at the Main Library and may only be used in the building.

Duluth Collection - Wide range of Duluth-related subjects are covered, including general history, architecture, schools, churches, business and industry, civic concerns, recreation, laws, politics and climate. Includes materials by or about Duluthians.

Minnesota Collection - Covers Minnesota-related subjects, with special emphasis given to St. Louis County, Northeastern Minnesota and Lake Superior. Includes materials by many Minnesota creators.

Clippings Files - Newspaper articles going back to the late 1800s relating to local history. Arranged by subject.

Slides - Hundreds of images, many of early Duluth. May be checked out. 

Biography File Index - List of names of people included in the Duluth Public Library's biography files.

Children's Book Weekly Display

Children's Book Week display at the Duluth Public Library on 101 West Second Street

Researching Duluth Houses

Research Duluth houses and find out information such as when your house was built, the architect, who lived at the house before, and more.
Discover more here! 

Other Local History Resources in Duluth

Northeast Minnesota Historical Center Collections
Archives and Special Collections
University of Minnesota Duluth Library
416 Library Dr., Duluth, MN 55812
Aimee Brown, Archivist & Curator of Special Collections 

St. Louis County Historical Society
St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (Depot)
506 West Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802

Veterans' Memorial Hall
St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (Depot)
506 West Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802