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The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was created to make federal government publications available to the public at no cost. The Government Printing Office (GPO) is responsible for printing and distributing government documents and overseeing the FDLP.

There are two types of Depository Libraries, regional and selective. The University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University together are a joint regional depository library.

The State Historical Society has been a selective depository library since 1907. We select about one per cent of all available federal documents, mainly in the areas of archives, libraries, military history, and historic preservation. Historic titles in the collection cover topics such as agriculture, Indians of North America, geology, and various census topics (agriculture, business, housing, population). Agencies whose documents are most often found in the State Historical Society are Census Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

We also have a long run of the Congressional Record, plus many volumes of the Serial Set, and the American State Papers, the precursor to the Serial Set beginning in 1789. The Serial Set can be searched through the CIS U.S. serial set index, which is available for use in the Reading Room. Selected serial set titles, plus other cataloged federal documents, are available to search in ODIN. We also have some federal documents on microfiche.

FEDERAL RECORDS

This record group consists of federal records relating to Dakota Territory and North Dakota. These records were collected and assembled by the State Historical Society beginning in the 1960s. The records include both microforms (federal census records; federal district court records; records of the Department of the Interior, Department of State, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of War, Post Office Department, United States Senate, and the Treasury Department) and original records (General Land Office records for North Dakota; records of the Farm Security Administration, Rural Resettlement Division; and the National Weather Service, Bismarck Weather Bureau records).

SERIES

Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation
32129 Vessel Documentation Records from the Port of St. Louis, Missouri, 1835-1944. (26r. #15454-15479)
Vessel Documentation Records from the Port of Pembina, North Dakota, 1885-ca. 1959. (10r. #6162-6171)

Census
31103 Seventh Federal Census Schedules for Minnesota Territory – Pembina County, 1850. (1r. #291)
31104 Eighth Federal Census Schedules for Dakota Territory, 1860. (1r. #6097)
31105 Ninth Federal Census Schedules for Dakota Territory, 1870. (1r. #6098)
31106 Tenth Federal Census Schedules for Dakota Territory, 1880. (8r. #6092-6096, 6901, 11615, 12640)
31107 Index (Soundex) to the Tenth Federal Census Schedules for Dakota Territory, 1880. (6r. #4267-4272)
31108 Federal Census Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans in North Dakota, 1890. (1r. #4235)
31109 Twelfth Federal Census Schedules for North Dakota, 1900. (9r. #6005-6013)
31110 Index (Soundex) to the Twelfth Federal Census for North Dakota, 1900. (36r. #6014-6049)
31111 Thirteenth Federal Census Schedules for North Dakota, 1910. (13r. #6194-6206)
31112 Census Schedules for the Fort Totten Indian Reservation and Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, 1885-1905. (4r. #6050-6053)
31113 Census Schedules for the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, 1889-1939. (5r. #6054-6058)
31114 Census Schedules for the Fort Totten Indian Reservation, 1910-1939. (3r. #6059-6061)
31115 Census Schedules for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, 1885-1939. (17r. #6062-6078)
31116 Census Schedules for the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, 1910-1939. (13r. #6079-6091)
32157 Schedules of the Minnesota Territory Census of 1857. (5r. #15673-15677)
Report on Indians Taxed and not Taxed in the United States (except Alaska) at the Eleventh Census, 1890. (1r. #13627)

Chief Engineer
32068 Fort Buford Site and Building Drawings
1871-1889, 1952. (76 items)

District Court
31117 Federal District Court for Dakota Territory
Records, 1861-1889
Consists of journals and court calendars. (9r. #6100-6108)

Department of Interior
31100 General Land Office Records
1880-1920
Documents the first sale of public lands in the federal land offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Minot, Dickinson, and Williston. Arranged by legal description. Includes description of tract, part of section, section, range and township; contents in acres and 100ths; rate per acre and purchase money in dollars and cents; name of purchaser; date of sale; number of receipt and certificate of purchase; by whom patented; date of patent; volume and page where recorded. No index. Some rolls contain portions of South Dakota lands. (34r. #4278, 6896, 7132-7165)

30119 Dakota Territory Records. Secretary, Certificates of Election
1872-1889
Certificates of election to the Territorial House and Council. (.25ft)

31118 Dakota Territorial Papers
1877-1886
Consists of records received by the Department of the Interior from the Governor and Secretary of Dakota Territory. Records include executive proceedings (copies of official acts of the Governor, proclamations, executive orders, extraditions, oaths of office, pardons, offers of rewards, speeches) and letters. The records relate to the condition of Territorial affairs, appointments and recommendations, legislation, maintenance and construction of public buildings, removal of the Territorial Capitol, statehood, maintenance of law and order, and administration of the federal prison in the Territory. (3r. #4249-4251)

31119 Office of Indian Affairs Correspondence
1824-1887
Consists of correspondence relating to administration, finances, claims, treaty rights, and affairs at the Devils Lake Agency, Fort Berthold Agency, Standing Rock Agency, Upper Missouri Agency, and the Grand River Agency. (250r. #-4001-4251)

31120 Indian Treaty Negotiation Records
1801-1869
Consists of council proceedings (speeches, minutes, journals), commissioner's reports, instructions to treaty commissioners, copies of treaties, and letters relating to negotiation of ratified and unratified treaties with various Indian tribes. (10r. #4240-4248)

31121 Index to Cartographic Records of North Dakota at the Bureau of Indian Affairs
n.d.
Consists of maps of Indian reservations, townsites, and railroads in North Dakota. (1r. #4386)

31122 Historic American Building Survey Drawings for North Carolina and North Dakota
1950s
Consists of Office of National Parks and Buildings and Reservations drawings of the Roosevelt Cabin; the Congregational Mission, Fort Berthold; the Indian Dance Lodge, Elbowoods; the Regimental Headquarters, Fort Buford; and historic buildings in North Carolina (1r. #6909)

31123 Annual Reports of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company
1870
(1r. #4298)

31159 Abandoned Military Reservation File
1862-1892
Consists of General Land Office records (maps, letters, orders) relating to boundary delineation and transfer of the Fort Totten military reservation to the Department of the Interior. (1r. #4278)

32155 Interior Department Territorial Papers, Dakota
1863-1889
Consists of the Executive proceedings and official correspondence, 1877-1899 and Letters received, 1863-1889 relating to the U.S. Penitentiary in Dakota and miscellaneous subjects. (3r. #15667-15669)

Cheyenne River Agency Letters Received, 1873-1880. (5r. #6133-6136)
Register of Traders Licenses, 1847-1909. (2r. #12712-12713)
Montana Superintendent Letters Received, 1878-1880. (10r. #6141-6150)
Sisseton Agency Letters Received, 1867-1880. (8r. #6151-6158)
Whetstone Agency Letters Received, 1871-1874. (3r. 6169-6161)

Justice Department
31124 Index to Names of United States Marshals
1789-1960
(1r. #4266)

Land Office
Minot Tract Books
1885-1907
(1r. #6896)

Post Office Department
31125 Record of Appointment of Postmasters in Dakota Territory and North Dakota
1861-1971
(3r. #6219, 6225, 7000)

31126 Dakota Territory Papers

1858-1873
Consists of petitions, memorials, legislative bills, resolutions, reports from executive departments, and letters received by the U.S. Senate relating to Dakota Territory. Series includes U.S. Senate records relating to Arizona Territory, 1857-1865. (1r. #4237)

Post Office Reports of Site Location, 1837-1940. (9r. #7175-7183)

Bureau of Reclamation
32338 Crop Production Reports
1956-1960
Consists of Crop Production Reports for North Dakota Region 6. Includes acreage summary for lands in irrigation/not in irrigation; crop value summary; crops harvested in irrigation: cereals, forage, misc. field crops, vegetables, seeds, fruits, nuts; status of water users; monthly water distribution; status of irrigable lands; and general summary of operation and maintenance results. Reports cover Dickinson Unit Missouri River Basin Plan (M.R.B.P), Fort Clark Unit M.R.B.P, Heart Butte M.R.B.P, and Lower Yellowstone Irrigation District No. 2. (.25ft.)

Selective Service
32094 Draft Registration Cards
1917-1918
Arranged alphabetically by North Dakota County. (29r. #15166-15194)

Senate
Testimony taken by the Select Committee of the United States Senate on the Transportation and Sale of Meat Products
1889-1890
With: Reports of committees of the Senate of the United States for the first session of the Fifty-first Congress, 1889-1890 (1r. #12997)

State Department
31127 Dakota Territory Papers
1861-1873
Consists of annual reports, executive proceedings (copies of proclamations, executive orders, speeches) and letters from the Territorial Governors and Secretary relating to administration, military operations, railroad construction, educational development, and immigration. (1r. #4236)

32154 State Department Territorial Papers, Dakota

1861-1873
Consists of correspondence received by the Secretary of State from the Governor and the Secretary of the Territory. (1r. #15666)

Treasury Department
31128 Papers Relating to Financing the Louisiana Purchase
1803-1804
Series consists of agreements, legislative bills, letters, and copies of treaties. (1r. #4252)

War Department
31129 Badlands Cantonment Post Returns
1879-1883
Series consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and activities and events. (1r. #4306)

31130 Camp Hancock and Camp Sykes Post Returns
1872-1877
Series consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (1r. #4310)

31131 Fort Abercrombie Post Returns
1858-1877
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (1r. #4305)

31132 Fort Abercrombie Medical History
1857-1877
Consists of the Medical Officer's monthly reports describing health, mortality, and sanitary conditions at the post; activities of medical personnel; and the post hospital and equipment. Series includes physical descriptions of the post and information concerning the local area, history, climate, and other activities associated with the post. (1r. #4283)

31133 Fort Abraham Lincoln Post Returns
1872-1891
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. Post formerly known as Fort McKeen. (5r. #4284, 4311-4314, 4327)

31134 Fort Abraham Lincoln Medical History
1872-1891
Consists of the medical officer's monthly reports describing health, mortality, and sanitary conditions at the post; activities of medical personnel; and the post hospital and equipment. Series includes physical descriptions of the post and information concerning the local area, history, climate, and other activities associated with the post. (1r. #4283)

31135 Quartermaster General Correspondence Relating to Fort Abraham Lincoln
1873-1901
Consists of correspondence, telegrams, orders, inventories, estimates, specifications, building plans, and reports relating to administration, construction, maintenance, and supplies. (2r. #4304, 5838)

31136 Fort Berthold Post Returns
1865-1867
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (1r. #4307)

31137 Fort Buford Post Returns
1866-1895
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. #4308-4309)

31138 Fort Lincoln Post Returns
1902-1913
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. #4312-4313)

31139 Fort Pembina Post Returns
1870-1895
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. #4315-4316)

31140 Fort Rice Post Returns
1864-1878
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. #4317-4318)

31141 Fort Rice Medical History
1864-1878
Consists of the Medical Officer's monthly reports describing health, mortality, and sanitary conditions at the post; activities of medical personnel; and the post hospital and equipment. Series includes physical descriptions of the post and information concerning the local area, history, climate, and other activities associated with the post. (1r. #4277)

31142 Fort Seward Post Returns
1872-1877
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. Formerly known as Fort Cross. (2r. #4318, 4328)

31143 Adjutant General’s Correspondence Relating to Fort Seward

1872-1877
Consists of correspondence, correspondence register, endorsements, and orders relating to administration, supplies, reconnaissance, military justice, maintenance, construction, and supplies. Formerly known as Fort Cross. (2r. #4389-4390)

31144 Fort Stevenson Post Returns
1867-1883
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. #4320-4321)

31145 Fort Totten Post Returns
1867-1890
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. #4322-4323)

31146 Fort Totten Medical History
1868-1890
Consists of the Medical Officer's monthly reports describing health, mortality, and sanitary conditions at the post; activities of medical personnel; and the post hospital and equipment. Series includes physical descriptions of the post and information concerning the local area, history, climate, and other activities associated with the post. (1r. #4277)

31147 Fort Totten Reservation File
1875-1891
Consists of correspondence, memoranda, legislative bills relating to administration, supplies, and boundaries of the reservation. (3r. #4273-4275)

31148 Fort Totten Historical Sketch and Building Specifications
1887-1910
Consists of letters, reports, estimates, architectural drawings, and specifications of buildings at Fort Totten. (4r. #4273-4275, 4277)

31149 Twentieth Infantry Regimental Returns

1866-1888
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (2r. # 6918, 641)

31150 Fort Yates Post Returns
1875-1903
Consists of Commanding Officer's monthly personnel reports on numbers of officers and enlisted men, casualties, communications, disciplinary actions, civilian employees, and other activities and events. (3r. #4324-4326)

31151 Fort Yates Medical History
1878-1903
Consists of the medical officer's monthly reports describing health, mortality, and sanitary conditions at the post; activities of medical personnel; and the post hospital and equipment. Series includes physical descriptions of the post and information concerning the local area, history, climate, and other activities associated with the post. (1r. #4286)

31152 Index to Service Records of Volunteers who served with the First Battalion of Dakota Cavalry from the Territory of Dakota
n.d.
Consists of an alphabetical card file of volunteers providing name, rank, unit, and dates of enlistment and discharge. (1r. #6099)

31153 Indian Scout Enlistment Register
1866-1877
Register provides names of Indian Scouts; age, birthplace, date, place and length of enlistment; name of enlisting officer; physical description; and remarks concerning service. (1r. #4295)

31154 Index to Indian Wars Veterans Pension Files
ca. 1860-1926
Provides names of veterans, dependents, service record, and information concerning pension filings. (12r. #4253-4264)

31155 Black Hills Expedition Orders
1874
Consists of general and special orders relating to the Black Hills Expedition. (1r. #4294)

31156 Yellowstone Expedition Reports
1871-1872
Submitted by Major J.N.G. Whistler, the report documents Whistler's duty as an escort for an engineer of the Northern Pacific Railroad from Fort Rice to the Yellowstone River in September-October 1871. Series includes a report for the Yellowstone Expedition in 1872. (1r. #4238)

31157 Isaac Stevens Survey Records
1853-1861
Consists of correspondence, memoranda, notes, and reports relating to Stevens' survey of a northern route for a railway to the Pacific Coast. (1r. #4288)

31158 Inventories of Records of US Army Commands
n.d.
Consists of NARS records inventories describing records of U.S. Army posts available at the National Archives. (1r. #4276)

31913 Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General, Main Series
1871-1880
Letters received from officers and enlisted men of the Army, Secretary of War, the President, officials of other government departments, members of Congress, governors of states and territories, private persons and business firms. They relate to such topics as personnel actions affecting enlisted men and officers of the Army, regulations, military conditions and campaigns, military installations and organizations, and Indian affairs. The series consists of 593 microfilm rolls, but SHSND has only the rolls pertaining to Dakota Territory and the Upper Great Plains. (40r. #13373-13412)

32158 HIstorical Information Relating to Military Posts and Other Installations
ca. 1700-1900
Consists of the "Outline index of military forts and stations," containing historical information about military posts and other installations, and related historical information for the period ca. 1700-1900. (8r. #15678-15685)

32159 Records of the United States Army Commands
Consists of brief histories of US Army commands (Army posts) and descriptions of their records. (1r. #15686)

32161 Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations
1768-1921
Consists of a two volume register of burials at military posts, camps, and stations. (1r. #15694)

32162 Reports and Correspondence Relating to the Army Investigations of the Battle of Wounded Knee and to the Sioux Campaign of 1890-1891
(1r. #15696)

Index to the Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Dakota
1861-1865
(1r. #7969)

7th U.S. Cavalry Muster Rolls
Aug. 31, 1866-Dec. 31, 1884
Field staff and band to Troop E -- roll 3 & 4. Troop F to Troop K -- roll 5 & 6. Troop L to Troop M. (3r. #13575-13577)

Journal of the U.S. Cavalry Association, 1888-1906 (2r. #13548-13549)

Newport Barracks Kentucky Post Returns, 1858-1882. (2r. #12086-12087)

Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General La Pointe Agency Idaho Territory, 1852-1880. (3r. #6138-6140)

Weather Service
31099 Bismarck Weather Bureau Records
1874-1960
consist of meteorological observation reports, journal, summaries, station diaries, and correspondence. (2r. #5974, 6932)

32160 Climatological Records of the Weather Bureau, North Dakota
1819-1892
(7r. #15687-15693)

Work Progress Administration
30529 Historical Data Project Biographical Files, North Dakota
Records, 1935-1942
Consists of more than 5,000 brief biographies of North Dakotans. (54ft./4r. #7742-7745)

SOURCE

Gray, David P. Guide to the North Dakota State Archives, 1985.

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