Bruce E. Foster family papers, 1791-2014

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US ARC ARC 2023.010

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Bruce E. Foster family papers, 1791-2014


  • 1932-2007 (Accumulation)
  • 1791-2014 (Creation)


5 cubic feet (5 record cartons and 1 oversized folder) and 5 Mp4 files (3.18 GB).

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Family papers collected and collated by River Falls businessman and historian Bruce Earl Foster (1932-2007), great-grandson of early River Falls resident Judge Joel Foster.
Foster was born September 6, 1932 in River Falls, Wisconsin, to Letha (nee Chinnock) and Earl Hunter Foster. The last of three children, Bruce graduated from River Falls High School in 1954 and obtained a bachelors degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1958.
Foster worked as a professional Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts, sold life insurance for Metropolitan Life, drove a school bus, and operated an animal shelter for Pierce and St. Croix counties, which he later expanded to include grooming services. In his personal life, Foster was an avid fisherman, and involved in numerous social organizations in Pierce County throughout his life. He married Joy Rasmussen in 1961 and they had two children, Judie (1962-) and Andrew "Andy" (1968-).

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Arranged alphabetically by person or family, thereunder, alphabetically by folder title. Photographs are arranged chronologically as a separate series.

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This collection is available for transfer through the Area Research Center Network. Contact Area Research Center and University Archives for more information.

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Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright may not have been transferred to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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Donor was referred to us by WHS.

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Approximately 3 cubic feet worth of materials were removed during the accessioning process; mainly duplicative materials, but also newspaper clippings that were copied onto a more stable format. Materials were returned to donor per donation form.


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Archivist's note

S. Edwards, 04/03/2024

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