Paul Nelson is Director of the International Center at Macalester College. An amateur historian, he is the author of three books: Fredrick L. McGhee, A Life on the Color Line, 1861-1912 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002), winner of the 2002 Scribes Award for Writing on Legal Subjects; Rocky Roots, Building and Decorative Stone in Downtown St. Paul (with co-author Sister Joan Kain), published by Ramsey County Historical Society; and Our City, A History of St. Paul, a children's history published by St. Paul Public Schools. He has also published many articles of local history, in Minnesota History magazine, Ramsey County History magazine, Journal of Early American Industries, and others. He is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School.
Early Days of the State Reform School, Juvenile Distress and Community Response in Minnesota, 1868-1891, Staff Publications (2012)
Orphans and Old Folks Revisited, with a Story by Lloyd Brown, Minnesota History (2001)
After publication of Orphans and Old Folks, St. Paul's Crispus Attucks Home, in 1998, a...
Rocky Roots, Geology and Stone Construction in Downtown St. Paul (with Joan Kain) (2008)
Descriptions and photographs of the uses of stone in downtown St.Paul buildings, featuring especially City...