10157 North Dakota Oral History Project
This project was undertaken by Larry Sprunk, with the cooperation of the North Dakota American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, the North Dakota Farmers Union, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The primary objective of the North Dakota Oral History Project was to conduct "oral tape recorded interviews with North Dakotans who have lived through the state's history and who can speak of this history from a first-hand basis." Interviewees were photographed at the time of their interviews. Photographs of interviewees are available in the Photo Archives. In addition, the project borrowed over 6,000 historical photographs which were copied and added to the State Historical Society's collection. Many interviewees also donated family histories, documents, letters, ledgers, books, and artifacts.
10489 William L. Guy
Interview with former First Lady Jean Guy conducted by Lotte Bailey consists of 16 cassette tapes, transcript, and family biographical sketches.
10531 Forum Publishing Company (Fargo, ND). Centennial Writing Awards
Oral history stories written by school children who conducted interviews with family members. The one page articles were submitted by teachers to The Forum, during the state’s centennial. Entries were submitted from schools or individuals from the following North Dakota cities or towns: Aneta, Binford, Bisbee, Bismarck, Fargo, Hannaford, Harwood, Horace, Jamestown, Kenmare, Kulm, Lakota, Larimore, Mayville-Portland, Minto, Montpelier, Oriska, Page, Park River, Sherwood, Valley City, and Wyndmere. (1ft)
10582 North Dakota New Sweden '88 Committee
Correspondence, brochures, financial records, and an oral history tape. The committee was formed to plan and implement programs to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Swedish immigration to America. (.75ft)
10602 North Dakota Veterans of Vietnam
Oral history interviews of North Dakota soldiers reflecting on their service in Vietnam. Interviewees include: Dennis Bullinger, David Erbtoesser, Al Fischer, Jack Heyne, George Hsu, Bill Kransky, Lamar Kruckenberg, Russ Olgier, Thomas Rausch, Ernst Reinert, Allen Rivinius, Doug Rivinius, Steve Schilling, Ron Staff, Ronald Weikum, and George Wentz. (20 cassettes)
10605 Commission on the Status of Women. Plum Valley Chapter
Copies of interviews with 94 Ward County women, community involvement reports, photographs, photocopies of newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and ephemera. (3ft)
10643 Cleo Moore
Includes a postcard collection for shortwave radio operators, photographs, negatives, brewery material, newspaper clippings, a broadside, publications, and an oral history interview with William J. Carey. Carey, of the Dakota Malt and Brewing Company in Bismarck (ND) (1.25ft)
10645 Turtle Mountain Oral History Project
Belcourt, ND; Rolette Co., ND
Interviews, photographs, and audio cassettes from a project of the North Dakota Humanities Council, the University of Mary, and the State Historical Society. (2ft)
10684 Roy H. (Andy) Andersen (1917-1999) Audiotapes
Includes radio interviews by Andersen with Governor William Guy, President Lyndon B. Johnson, US Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy, and businessman Robert McCarney. There is also a recent oral history with Andy Anderson about his life and the changes in the radio broadcasting business. (2ft)
10692 Robert L. Stroup Papers
Includes files of the Energy Development Board, coal mining reclamation issues and resolutions, files relating to Stroup’s service in the North Dakota Legislature, aerial photos of coal mine activity, and an oral history with Mr. Stroup. (13ft)
10697 Ann Rathke
Research notes, publications, interviews, and a chart documenting women who served in the state legislature for Rathke’s book entitled, Lady, If You Go Into Politics. (4ft)
10728 San Haven Oral History Project
Rolette Co., ND
Audio interviews conducted by Scott Wagar during his research on San Haven Sanitarium, a treatment facility for tuberculosis patients. (.25ft)
10729 Oral History Interview Collection of North Dakota Women
Interviews with women in politics conducted by Barbara Honeyman-Pierce. Interviewees include: Sarah Vogel, Anne Summers, Heidi Heitkamp, Pat Owens, Jane Summers, and Jane Bovard. (6 audio cassettes)
10754 Victoria Gillies. Oral History
Interview by Scott Wagar on her family life in Bottineau, school days, and thoughts on her father's death from the 1918 influenza epidemic. (1 cassette tape)
10771 North Dakota Oral History Collection
Interviews with ten Standing Rock Sioux tribal members, entitled Wisdom of the Elders. Those inteviewed include: Sybil Iron Archambault; Arlene Red Door Benson; Reginald Bird Horse; Lillian Brown; Verna Cadotte; Evangeline Fast Horse; Alan Flying Bye; Joe Flying Bye; Agatha Fool Bear; Rose Good Left; Agatha Holy Bull; George Iron Shield; Grace Jamerson; Felix Kidder; Emma Lambert; Henry Lawrence; Zona Loans Arrow; Pete Looking Horse; Blanche Makes Him First; Helmina Makes Him First; Theresa Martin; Lillian Iron Bull Martinez; Ben One Feather; Ada Red Horse; and Leona Ryan. (10 video cassettes)
10781 Garrison Dam Relocation Oral Histories
Seven members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who had been teenagers during construction of the dam describe how they learned about the dam, how relocation was accomplished, and the economic, social, and cultural impact of relocation on their lives, the lives of their families and of the region. Interviewees include: Hazel Driver Blake, Martin Cross, Jr., Phyllis Old Dog Cross, Bernice Estes, Marilyn Hudson, Marie Wells, and Harley Steffen. (6 audio cassettes, 1 VHS tape, transcripts, and data sheets)
10789 State Historical Society of North Dakota. Governor’s Conference
Recorded at the Annual Governor's Conference on North Dakota History in a session called "Myth and Reality: the Military Experience and North Dakota Oral Histories," 1999. Participants include Eugene Aune, Robert Austin, Albert Henry Becker, Brendon Brazil, Everett Haunson, John Jacobson, Gary O'Callaghan, Duane Olson, Mary Pardue, and Herb Place. (10 audio cassettes)
10827 Walsh County (ND) Historical Preservation Commission
Consists of audio interviews and transcripts, release forms, and the final report by Kimberly R. Porter for an oral history project entitled, "Depression Era Discoveries," sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Interviews cover farming, schools, CCC and WPA, community activities, and the general conditions of the ‘dirty thirties’ in Walsh County, North Dakota. (.5ft)
10869 Helen Swenson
Oral interviews conducted by Helen Swenson with David and Vivian Barth, Alden Brink, Lois Engler, Roy Erickson, Dr. Marlin and Peggy Johnson, Doris Landerholm, Grace Link, B. Solberg, Betty Sprynczynatyk, Norma Stenslie, Emory Swanson, and Mabelle Walberg. (14 audio tapes)
10873 The North Dakota Veterans History Project
Interviews with veterans took place from with support from a grant through the General Services Administration. The State Historical Society of North Dakota was able to staff this project with a full-time coordinator through 2006. The project was initiated by Congress and the Library of Congress encouraged participation throughout the country. U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan was a strong proponent of the project and has promoted it both in North Dakota and nationally. Over 1600 interviews have been conducted. Veterans are still being interviewed as staff are able.
10894 Fargo (ND) Historic Preservation Commission
Oral histories concerning downtown Fargo. (.5ft/18 audiotapes)
10905 Ukrainian Cultural Institute
CDs and transcripts of 20 oral history interviews conducted by the Ukrainian Cultural Institute of Ukrainian families from Belfield, Bismarck, Butte, Fairfield, Kief, and Wilton. Those interviewed include William Anheluk; Steve Baranko; Pearl (Mrs. Mike) Basaraba; Peter Basaraba; Eva Boozenny; Mary (Skoropot) Hruby; Irene (Irena) Iwaniw; Peter Kassian, Sr.; George Klym; Mike and Pauline Kulish; Anna Logosz; Matt & Katy Logosz; Catherine Omafrey; Mary Palanuk; Rose Skurupey; Anna Solodiuk; Mr. and Mrs. John Stuchynski; Mary Stuss; George and Julia Tymchuk; Titiana Urchenko. (1ft)
10987 Harold Schafer Interviews by Rod Tjaden
Consists of 9 tapes, 8 BETA and 1 1/2" (VHS)
11085 Fletcher Poling Oral Histories - Amateur Baseball in Northwest North Dakota and Northeast Montana
Interviews of former amateur baseball players from the region by Fletcher Poling in June 2011. Interviewees are Lyle Nelson, Duane Hought, Ed Smith, Gene Emery, Walter "Herbie" Oyen, Ken Oyen, Les Olson, Roy Trogstad, Gordon Hegge, Irwin Quarne, Winfred Smith, Howard Ross, Jr., Clarence "Chip" Poling, and Mary Christine Larson. (8 DVDs)
11109 Mary Wolf Oral History
Consists of interview of Mary Wolf whowas interviewed by Juliene Wolf and other family members. Also contains three family photographs. Interview took place in Zeland, ND. Wolf and Richter families. (1 audio cassette and 3 photographs)
11131 North Dakota Governor's Residence Oral Histories
Consists of six interviews of former first ladies and children who lived in the governor's residence as well as the architect. People interviewed were Rick Davis, Nancy Guy, Deb Igoe, Jean Guy, Grace Link, Bob Ritterbush (architect), Kari Jones Hammer, and Barb Olson. Interviewers were First Lady Betsy Dalrymple and Sarah Johnson. (.25 ft./6 DVDs)
11142 Floyd Boutrous
Consists primarily of materials collected by Floyd Boutrous from the February 22, 1955 visit by General Alfred M. Gruenther, Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Europe, to North Dakota to promote The Crusade for Freedom. Boutrous was the Chairman of the ND Crusade for Freedom, and was on the General Gruenther Committee. Also includes an oral interview of Floyd Boutrous done by Lotte Bailey, Deputy State Archivist, on August 29, 2003. (2 cassette tapes)
11166 State Historical Society of ND Foundation Oral History
Contains oral history interviews with A. Kirk Lanterman conducted by Gerald Newborg on August 19, 2010, and interviews with Al Golden, Bill Schott, Bob Hammond, Dick Broschat, Leon "Tude" Gordon, Wally Beyer, and Walt Braun. (12 DVCAM and MiniDV)
11190 Tri-County Tourism Alliance Food Culture Oral Interviews, Recipes and Photographs 2011-2013
Consists of transcripts of oral history interviews, recipes, printed thumbnails of photographs, and discs of photographs and recipes. The food history project was conducted by the Tri-County Tourism Alliance and supported by a Cultural Heritage Grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota to preserve the history of Germans from Russia in Emmons, McIntosh and Logan Counties. This collection is for REFERENCE USE ONLY. Permission to duplicate material must be acquired from the Tri-County Tourism Alliance (Napoleon, ND). (.25ft)
11193 Buffalo Trails Museum Oral History
Cassette tapes and some transcripts of interviews of pioneers from Epping and the surrounding area. (.5ft)
11200 Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Oral History
Interviews with current and former staff members of Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge centered on the built environment at Arrowwood, in particular the remaining WPA-era structures and any information about their uses, physical or functional changes, or any other information that would aid in the general documentation of the built environment at Arrowwood. (.25ft)
11204 Medora Memories Oral History Project
Ffive interviews of longtime residents from the Medora area talking about their remembrances of growing up and living in the area. Interviewees are Ethel Hanen, Roberta Kennedy, Pearl Olstad, Einar Justesen, and Marje Gratton. Interviewers are Kelly Owens, Samantha Bossman, and Emily Sajdak. Tapes have been digitized. (0.25 ft./7 cassette tapes)
20709 Hilary B. Hacker (1913-1990) Oral History Interview
Consists of an oral history interview transcript concerning Bismarck's Catholic Bishop Hacker's life and history of the Diocese of Bismarck. (1 item)
20807 Kyle R. Jansson
Oral Interviews, 1993
Twenty taped interviews Jansson conducted for his master's thesis, "Amateur and Semi-Professional Baseball in North Dakota Communities". Copy of thesis is included. (21 items)
20840 Emma J. Keller Oral History
Recollections of growing up in north central North Dakota. (4 items)
20841 Glenharold (ND) Coal Mine. Oral History
Interviewees included Randall Fretty, George Moorman, and Mrs. Wilbur (Freda Teuber) Stephens all of Stanton (N.D.) The report was prepared for Basin Cooperative Services of Bismarck by Historical Research Associates of Missoula (MT). Report of findings resulting from phase I mitigation of adverse impacts to cultural resource sites in mine area I of the Glenharold mine, Mercer County, North Dakota. (3 audiocassettes + transcripts)
20942 Louise (Aandahl) Stockman and Mary (Langer) Gokey. Oral History
Transcript of interviews with former governors’ daughters, Louise Stockman and Mary “Mimi” Gokey, conducted by Larry J. Sprunk, May, 1983, discussing the daughters’ views of the mansion. (.25ft)
21017 James Thompson Oral History
Consists of reminiscences of Mr. Thompson during the early years of his life, his military experiences, marriage, and business career as the owner of Sioux Sporting Goods in Bismarck, North Dakota. (4 audio tapes)
21067 Garrison Dam Impact Study Interviews
Consists of interviews with individuals affected by the construction of the Garrison Dam, handwritten descriptions of the contents of the discs, and consent forms signed by interviewees. The study was titled "Valley of the Dammed: Garrison Dam History Project" and was conducted by Tessa Sandstrom and Aaron Wentz in November 2006. Topics and places discussed include: Shell Creek, Van Hook, Sanish, Parshall, Plaza, Keene, Missouri River and bottom lands, agriculture, New Town, Four Bears Bridge, rodeos, Elbowoods, Three Affiliated Tribes, and depression. Individuals interviewed were Marilyn Hudson, Bernice Houser, Bob Gorder, David Nelson, Doris Yri, Harley Steffen, Sharon Andes, and Rita Satermo. (8 DVDs)
21111 Magdalena Fleckenstein Schumacher Oral History
Consists of an interview of Magnalena Fleckenstein Schumacher by her daughter, Judith Schumacher. The focus of the interview is about education in Dunn County and specifically about the schools of East End, Big Flat, and Big Flat #1. Magdalena was 80 years old at the time and speaks some German during the interview. (1 cassette tape).
21112 Manuel and Frances Stegmiller Oral History
Consists of an interview with Manuel and Frances Stegmiller by Abby Bardell. Manuel and Frances were married in 1946. They discuss their lives and growing up in Morton County. (2 CDs and printed transcript).
21130 Ypsilanti (ND) 125th Anniversary Oral History Collection
Oral history interviews conducted at the 125th anniversary celebration, June 16, 2007, conducted by Steve Reidburn and Carolgene Wolf. The collection consists of a transcript of the interviews and index, four CDs containing the interviews, and a souvenir booklet from the celebration. Names of interviewees include Guymer, Dally, Peckham, Heffernan Laber, Erickson, Kipp Cumber, Berge, Bunde, Evansm Monson Miedema, Marks, Lacer, Woiwode, Roorda, Mellum, Orr, Randall, Whitney, Lien, Larson and Wolf. Subjects include the depression, farming, the 1930s, education in Ypsilanti, businesses, people, personal reminiscences and biographical information.
21138 Minot Musicians Association Oral Histories
Consists of an interview with Jerry Schlag and Myron T. Dammen about the history of the Music Association and their band, the JMB Band. Also contains a paper copy of the Association's constitution and by-laws. Sarah Walker of the SHSND State Archives conducted the interview. JMB Band music is cataloged in ODIN. The music is on CD. (1 CD, 1 DVD)
21178 Lyle M. Nelson Oral History
Includes interview with Lyle Nelson done by Clair Olson. Interview relates to photos from the Zahl Photo Collection 2010-P-017 and consists of reminiscences of growing up north of Zahl in Divide County. Also included are two war ration books of Otto and Hilda Nelson. (.1ft/1 cassette tape)
21193 Agnes Bjorke Leer Oral History
Transcript and microcassette tapes of an interview conducted by Dr. Thomas Saylor (Concordia University, St. Paul, MN) on December 1, 2003. The interview details Bjorke’s (Leers) memories and experiences of the 1941-1945 period. Leer was born April 9, 1926 in Wolverton (Wilkin County, MN) and grew up in Minot and Rugby (ND). During the war years, 1941-1944, Agnes was a high school student and also worked part time at a drug store and a movie theater in Rugby. After graduation, she completed a summer program in Minot that qualified her to teach in country schools. She taught in Abercrombie (ND) from 1944-1945 and in Kindred from 1945-1947. In 1947 she moved to Fargo (ND) and took a job with a local telephone company. There she met Army veteran Clarence Leer, who she married in 1948. In 1951, the couple moved to California when Clarence finished school. They returned to the area in 1956, settling in Apple Valley (MN). Agnes was a homemaker who raised four children and had a variety of interests, including traveling (.05ft).
21207 Chester R. Cowles
Transcript of an interview of Cowles (1919-2005) conducted by his daughter Charlotte Gilman. He discusses his childhood in Bismarck (ND), agriculture, the depression of the 1930s, his service in the Army in World War II in the Pacific, his marriage and married life, employment a Chester R. Cowles was born July 10, 1919 in Le Sauk Township, Stearns County (MN) to Clarence and Pearl (Lamont) Cowles. He married Helen Faye Haggard on June 28, 1948 in Belle Fourche (SD). Chester Cowles died March 26, 2005 (.05ft).
21226 Ann Dammel and Juliana Malsom
Oral interview with cousins Ann Dammel and Juliana Malsom, primarily about the Germans from Russia Christmas custom of Kris Kindle and Donkey, and also about their youth and education in Emmons County (ND). The interview was conducted by Sarah Walker in June 2014 at the SHSND (digital only). Describes customs and genealogical information about Valentine and Franciska (Hoffer) Vetter who immigrated to the United States in 1888, settled in Emmons County, and carried on the Christmas custom. Also contains four digital scans of the Kris Kindle and Donkey costumes, that were worn on Christmas eve. Since they could not see, the costume wearers were led, bearing gifts, to waiting children.
Parents of the interviewees were interviewed in the North Dakota Oral History collection: Juliana Baumstarck (0332AB-Mrs_Juliana_Baumstarck) (Linton), and Mr. and Mrs. John Gross (0484AB-Mr_and_Mrs_John_Gross) (digital only).
21236 Stockert Family
Consists of oral history interviews conducted by John W. Stockert and his wife with John J. Stockert and wife of New England (ND) on July 2, 1968 and April 7, 1973, and with John F. Stockert and wife of Mandan (ND) on September 5, 1970 and April 7, 1973. The collection contains cassette tapes with the interviews, as well as digital files from the original reel to reel recordings. One slide of each family is also with the collection (two slides total). Both families immigrated first from Germany to Russia and then from Russia to North Dakota, the latter event taking place around the time of the Communist takeover in Russia. They discuss their lives and families in Russia near the Black Sea, their immigration, and lives in North Dakota (.05 ft.).
31049 State Highway Department. Administration, Oral History Transcripts
Transcripts of 14 oral history interviews relating to the history of the State Highway Department conducted by Larry Sprunk. (4ft)
31857 Indian Boarding Schools Oral History Project
Interviews of 12 former students at the Fort Totten Indian Boarding School for the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
1975 Pete Taken Alive
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Alvonne Gates, McLaughlin, SD. 5/19/93.
1976 Alvina Alberts
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Timber Moser, Fort Totten, ND. 5/12/93.
1977 Peter Belgarde
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Shannon Cameron, Fort Totten, ND. 5/12/93.
1978 Phyllis Young
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Lane Droog, Fort Yates, ND. 5/19/75.
1979 Grace Lambert
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Anissa Bordeaux, Fort Totten, ND. 5/12/93.
1980 Agnes Greene
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Susan Sevitts, Fort Totten, ND. 5/12/93.
1981 Bertha DeMarce
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Rhonda Weiss, Fort Totten, ND 5/12/93.
1982 Christine Alex
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Jim Cudney, Fort Totten, ND. 5/12/93.
1983 Ben Benson
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Deb Bloom, Fort Totten, ND. 5/12/93.
1984 Demus McDonald
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Luci Grosz, Fort Totten, ND, Little Hoop Community College, 5/12/93.
1985 William Village Center
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Susan Sevitts, McLaughlin, SD. 5/19/93.
1986 Margaret Shoestring
60 minute cassette
Interviewer: Alvonne Gates, Fort Yates, ND. May 1993.
32172 Parks and Recreation - Administration Division. Civilian Conservation Corps History Project
Audio tape recordings and/or digital video recordings of interviews with members of the North Dakota Civilian Conservation Corps. Interviews were conducted by Larry Wegleitner, Donna Schonweiler, or Lou Hafermehl. The project was sponsored by the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Division and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Five interviews are also a part of the Veterans History Project MSS 10873. (10 recordings)
32271 Department of Transportation. Communications, Multi-Media Unit, Crossing the Water: An Oral History of Four Bears Bridge
22 binders each containing an audio CD of the individual interview, 4 DVD set of video recordings of the interviews, and a transcript of the interview. Interviewees include: Albert Bauman, Martin Cross, Jr., Laverne Fettig, Fred Baker, John Fredericks, Jr., Alfreda Goodbird, Helen Baker, Franklin Hines, Marilyn C. Hudson, Glenn Hasby, Lilah Hasby, Bob Gorder, Melda Packineau Lambert, Calvin Grinnell, Wilma A. Nash, Woodrow Overlie, Caroline Pleets, Victor Walker, Dr. Herbert J. Wilson, Lena Malnourie, Arthur C. Smith, and Tillie Walker.(3ft)
32281 State Historical Society. Education & Interpretation Division. Ed Lahr Interview "Living on the Missouri River" for Bridges SEND Trunk
Digital recording of an interview conducted by Marilyn Snyder with Ed Lahr on his experience living on the Missouri River from 1915 to 2006. Interview was done as part of the SEND Trunk program on Bridges in North Dakota. (1CD)
32314 Historical Society. Historic Sites, Missile Site Oral Histories
Consists of interviews conducted for the “Memories of the Missile Field, Oral Histories of Life in the Grand Forks Missile Field” project at the Ronald Regan Minute Man Missile State Historic Site (Oscar Zero Missile Site). Interviewees were both military and civilian personnel who worked at the missile sites. (.5ft)
32321 Historical Society, Historic Sites. Former Governors’ Mansion Oral History Project
Oral history interview transcripts compiled by Stacy Schaffer, intern at Former Governors’ Mansion in 2010. Interviews contain information about the Former Governors’ Mansion in the 1960s-1970s when it was used by the Mental Health and Retardation Services Division of the State Health Department. Interviewees are Ida Schmitt, Lucille Gohring, Sharalyn Gehring, Carl Rodlund, Richard Elefson, Albert Samuelson, Jean Doll, and Awad Ismir. (The only audio CD is of interviewee Albert Samuelson.) (.25ft)
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