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Lake Superior Maritime Collections

The Lake Superior Maritime Collections are located at the University of Wisconsin–Superior in the Jim Dan Hill Library, located at 907 North 19th Street.  For more information, contact the library archivist, Laura Jacobs, at 715-394-8359 or via email at

The Lake Superior Maritime Collections Archives (LSMCA) seeks to build a research collection of high quality by identifying, collecting, preserving, and providing access to materials that tell the story of maritime history and activities relating to communities surrounding Lake Superior and the upper Great Lakes. As an integral part of the teaching and research functions of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the LSMCA supports research in the study of aquatic biology and the environment, transportation and logistics, and the local maritime history of the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior.

The LSMCA contains unique resources for the study of maritime history on the upper Great Lakes. The focus of the Collection is primarily on Lake Superior and its environs, and the work of the Corps of Engineers office in Duluth, Minnesota. Additional emphases of the Collection also extend, because of the international nature of trade, to the lower Great Lakes and beyond. These sources are intended to support University of Wisconsin-Superior faculty and student research, as well as the needs of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center, and the broader communities of the Twin Ports and Maritime historians and hobbyists.

For information about the contents of the Collection, maritime links and ship names file, just visit:

Another source:
Seeking interesting maritime photos or Great Lakes maritime history information? Visit for immediate details.

Other interesting links:
Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks, Wisconsin Historical Society:

Great Lakes Vessels Online Image Database, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University:

History and Development of Great Lakes Water Craft, Minnesota Historical Society:

Great Lakes Industrial History Center at the Cleveland Digital Library:

Marine Historical Society of Detroit:

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes (Kingson, Ontario)

Steamship William G. Mather Museum, Cleveland, Ohio:


Featured Links

Visit Duluth

Adventure Zone of Canal Park

Carriage House Charters
Special reminder:  LSMMA members receive 10% off Sailboat rides on Lake Superior and Superior Bay

Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center – SS William A Irvin Ship Museum
Special reminder:  LSMMA members receive a complimentary tour pass to the William A. Irvin Ship Museum

Fitger's Inn - Duluth's premiere Historic Lakefront Hotel
Special reminder:  LSMMA members receive 20% off standard rooms and suites.  Call 218 722-8826 to learn more.

Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate

Great Lakes Aquarium
Special reminder:  LSMMA members receive 10% off purchases at the Great Lake Aquarium gift shop

Great Lakes water levels

JJ Astor Restaurant at the Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad

Lake Superior Zoo

North Shore Scenic Railroad

Soo Locks

South Pier Inn on the Canal
Special reminder:  LSMMA members receive discounted room and suites rates at the boutique hotel located nestled at the foot of the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge

St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center/The Depot

Thompson Hill Travel Information Center – Minnesota Office of Tourism

Tweed Museum of Art

Vista Fleet
Special reminder:  LSMMA members receive 10% off Vista Cruises sightseeing excursions and 10% off merchandise in the Vista Cruises gift store