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Title: Will Family

Dates: 1832-2006

Collection Number: 10190

Quantity: 35 feet (including oversize)

Abstract: The collection consists of papers of Will family members, including Oscar Henry and Elvira Isabel "Belle" (Bird) Will, George Francis Will, Katherine (Sterrett) Will, Vera (Kangas) Will, Mabel (Will) Lumry, Margaret (Will) Exton, George Francis Will Jr., Elvira Susanna (Will) Arman, Oscar Henry Will II, and other descendants and relatives. Includes correspondence, organizational records, research files, manuscripts, business records of the Oscar H. Will Seed Company, family papers, publications, newspaper clippings, maps, drawings, photographs, and moving image.

The primary creator of the collection was George F. Will Sr., and the bulk of the papers reflect Will's interest in North Dakota archaeology, dendrology, ethnobotany, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people, and the history of Bismarck (N.D.) and the Northern Plains. These interests are reflected in extensive correspondence, manuscripts, publications and research files.  

The collection also includes research and manuscripts by Josephine Waggoner and Melvin Gilmore, among many others.

Provenance: The provenance of the first donation of the Will Family Papers to the State Historical Society of North Dakota is unknown, but was likely made by a family member. Amy Sakariassen prepared the early inventory to the George F. Will Papers in June 1985. In September 2009 the bulk of the collection was donated by Susan M. Will and the title of the collection was changed to the Will Family Papers. Photograph collection 00955 was added to the Will Family Papers in 2014. Frank Vyzralek began processing the collection, which was completed by Lindsay Schott, Ella Heaton, and Emily Schultz in 2014.

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94‑553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection, title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota all bibliographic references.

Transfer: A variety of material was transferred to the State Archives' publications, and to the Museum Division of the SHSND. A listing of transferred items is located in the collection case file. 72 albumen carte de visite photographs of Salt Lake City by C. W. Carter (ca. 1860s-1870s) were transferred to the Utah State Archives in August 2014. Records were offered to the Society of American Archaeology and Harvard University in 2014.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

Oscar Henry Will was born September 9, 1855, to Francis A. (1809-1898) and Margaret (Barchi) Will (1813-1880) on the family farm in Pompey, New York. He had seven siblings: Joseph Henry (1839-1844), William Francis (b. 1842), Mary Ann (Tuttle) (b. 1844), Loretta (1846-1882), Caroline "Aunt Cal" (Hessler/Kengon) (b. 1847), Julia Maria (Veade) (b. 1850), and Joseph Henry (1852-1856). He spent his boyhood on the New York family farm and was educated there.

At 15, Will went to work in Fayette for his brother, William, who operated a nursery. While working for his brother, Oscar learned the skills of plant propagation and seed selection and also became active in the sales aspect of the business. In 1880, Major Edward M. Fuller wrote to his friend William Will asking if he could recommend anyone who could help him run the nursery he had just started in Bismarck, Dakota Territory. Oscar was recommended, and in the spring of 1881, he arrived in Bismarck. He took up a homestead southeast of Menoken and invested in an ox team which used for transportation between his work in Bismarck and his homestead. Fuller's establishment was located on the northwest corner of Avenue B and North Fifth Street and consisted of two greenhouses and a garden of 15 acres. Business was booming because of the "tree claim" amendment to the Timber Culture Act of 1878, which allowed early pioneers an extra 160 acres of land if trees were planted. Many young trees grew wild on the sand bars and along the shoreline of the Missouri River. Fuller and Will contracted with traders, trappers and Native Americans to dig up these saplings and bring them to Bismarck.

By the August of 1882, the business had purchased 10,000 young trees. They now had three greenhouses, and, by May 1883, these buildings contained 1 million plants. Will suggested that they put out a seed catalog so people could place orders from their greenhouse. On July 1, 1884, Fuller leased the business to Will. One of Will's first major undertakings was developing a hardy field corn. Through native corn obtained from Fort Stevenson in 1882, Will was able to develop a breed that grew well in the area, had a short growing season, and produced large yields. He named this breed Pride of Dakota Flint. In order to expand his varieties of produce, Will purchased the rights of other hardy seeds from local farmers.

One of the most successful seeds was literally dumped right onto Will's lap. In the mid-1880s, Son of a Star, a Hidatsa Indian, came into Will's establishment and presented the owner with a bag of beans. From this sample, Will developed the Great Northern Bean, the most important dry bean cultivated on the Northern Plains. Will became a master at selecting and breeding the best seeds. He also marketed garden and field equipment, insecticides, and fertilizer. In 1889, Will opened a larger store at North Fourth Street and Thayer. In 1890, the North Dakota legislature passed a law promoting a bounty for every landowner who planted and cultivated at least 400 trees per acre. This was a big boon to Will's business. At the same time, immigration to North Dakota was accelerating, which created an even greater demand for trees and field and garden seeds.

In the mid-1890s, Will acquired John Johnson as a business partner. In May 1895, he turned over management of the business to Johnson and went back East with his family. He returned to Bismarck in February 1898 after the Northern Pacific Railroad announced that they wanted two million of his trees planted along the tracks between Jamestown and Mandan. Will kept adding newer and larger greenhouses and warehouses. By the time of his death on August 17, 1917, he seed company was reported to be "the largest of its kind west of Minneapolis."     

Will was active in Bismarck civic affairs. He gave generously to the local library and the school. The Will school was built under his supervision. He served as president of the fire department, was a member of the Bismarck Commercial Club from 1906 until his death and played a large role while he was a member of the school board from 1901-1910. He was elected to the American Seed Trade Association in 1888, was a member of the American Association of Nurserymen, and of the State Fair Board. He helped raise money to move the Dakota Territory capitol to Bismarck and was president of the Bismarck Building and Loan Association.

Oscar married Elvira (Vera) Isabel Bird on December 20, 1882. Elvira was born October 16, 1852 to George Montgomery (1824-1902) and Elvira Nutta (Morse) Bird (1827-1857) in Boston, MA. She had four siblings: Francis (Frank) Henry Ellis Bird (1850-1862), Sarah Mabel Bird (1859-1875), George Herbert (1861-1936) and Francis (Frank) Henry (1864-1931). Her family came to Bismarck from Boston in 1878 or 1879. Oscar and Vera had two children: George Francis (1884-1955) and Mabel (Amel) Margaret Will (1889-1943). Elvira died December 20, 1926 and Oscar H. Will died August 26, 1917

Mabel Will married Rufus Worth Lumry I (1889-1943) and they had two children: Rufus (Rufe) Worth Lumry II (1920-2013) and Gayle Virginia Kelly (1920-1997).

George Francis Will was born on November 8, 1884 in Bismarck, Dakota Territory. After graduating from Bismarck High School in 1902, he attended Harvard University. There Will studied anthropology, archaeology, and botany, graduating in 1906. He returned to Bismarck where he worked for the nursery and seed firm his father had founded. At Oscar H. Will and Co., he experimented with breeding plants to produce better agricultural strains. George Will became an acclaimed corn breeder, and authored numerous articles for trade journals on that and related subjects. His avid interest in the history and prehistory of North Dakota led him to write a variety of books, speeches and articles on the folklore, agricultural-lore, languages and customs, and archaeological remains of Indian groups living along the Upper Missouri. He wrote of the settling of the Dakotas, early contacts and conflicts, and published a translation of the journals kept by Major General DeTrobriand, a military man stationed in the Dakota Territory in the late 1860s. In all, George Will wrote 117 published books, articles and reviews on the topics of history, prehistory, and botany. A complete list of Will's publications may be found in Harlow Leslie Webster's 1955 biography, printed in North Dakota History.

Active throughout his life in community affairs, Will was a member of the Bismarck School Board for thirty years. He also served on the Bismarck Zoning Board, the Bismarck Public Library Board and the State Park Commission. He belonged to Rotary, Sons of the American Revolution, the American Association of Advanced Sciences, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology and the American Newcomer Society. Will was president of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, a position he held from 1947 until his death in 1955. He became treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology in 1951, resigning in 1953 because of business pressures. In 1940 he received an honorary doctorate from the North Dakota Agricultural College, in recognition of his many contributions to modern agriculture.

George Will married twice. The first marriage was to Katherine Herndon Sterrett on July 4, 1908. He and Katherine had one daughter, Margaret Isabel. Katherine died in 1919. On June 15, 1924, Will married Elvira Kangas. Together, they had three children: George Francis Jr., Elvira Susanna and Oscar Henry Will Jr. Elvira (Vera) Kangas was the daughter of Finnish immigrants Matthew and Sanna K. (Susan) Nylund. Vera had two sisters, Sylvia (Mrs. Carl Breitmeyer) and Elna (Mrs. R. A. Koski). George Will Sr. died on October 3, 1955.

Margaret Isabel (Peggy) was born August 31, 1913, and was raised and educated in Bismarck. She graduated from Smith College (Northampton, MA) and worked for Oscar H. Will & Co. and as a tutor. She married Richard Brudenell Exton (1912-1997) in 1944. Then lived on Orcas Island in Puget Sound, Washington. She taught English and French at Orcas High School from 1960-1973. They had two sons, Robert Nicholas (Nick) and Norman Brudenell (Norm). Margaret Exton died in 1989.

George Francis Will Jr. was born in 1926 and married Evelyn (Lynn) Lotte Prostel (1929-1990). George and Lynn had four children: Susan Margaret, George Steven, Mars Anthrum Datura (nee Martha Joan Will), and Paul Edward. George F. Will Jr. died in 2007.

Elvira Susannah (Sue) was born in 1931 and married Miles (Mike) Omer Arman (1931-2007). They had five children: Jody Ann, Lisa Marie, Margaret Louise, and Michael Lee. She died in 2009.

Oscar H. Will II was born November 1, 1932 and married Jane Guggen. They have five children: Maika Jane (Will) Fowler, Oscar Henry III (Hank), Maura Gerard (Will) Klinge, Mary Elizabeth (Will) Morrow, and Daniel (Dan) Edward.

Sources:
Bismarck Tribune, Monday, October 3, 1955.
"George Francis Will, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Ethnologist, Naturalist, Nurseryman, Seedsman, Historian: A biography by Harlow Leslie Webster," reprinted from North Dakota History, Volume 23, No. 1, pp. 4‑25.
North Dakota History and People, Volume III, Clement Lounsberry.
"Oscar H. Will, Pioneer Seed Man Summoned," Bismarck Tribune, August 27, 1917.
"Oscar Will Helped 'Seed' North Dakota," Curt Ericksmoen, Bismarck Tribune, June 28, 2009.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Will Family Papers date from 1832 to 2006 and occupy 35 cubic feet. The collection is divided into ten series: Correspondence, Organizational Records, Research Files, Business Records, Family Papers, Publications, Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings, Maps and Drawings, Photographic Material and Moving Image.  

Series I. Personal Correspondence, 1885-2006, contains three Subseries: Correspondence to Oscar H. and Elvira I. “Belle” Bird Will, Correspondence to George F. Will Sr., and Correspondence to Other Family Members.

Series I. Subseries I, Correspondence to Oscar H. and Elvira Isabel “Belle” Bird Will, 1887-1908, measures one-half foot. The Subseries consists primarily of correspondence between Oscar and Belle (1887-1890) and correspondence between Oscar, Belle, and their children George and Mabel. The Subseries includes correspondence between George and his parents during his time at Harvard University (1902-1906). There are several miscellaneous letters to Belle from her father, George Montgomery Bird, and from other friends and family members. The Subseries provides a comprehensive view into family dynamics during the period from 1887-1908. 

Series I. Subseries II, Correspondence to George F. Will Sr., 1888-1955, spans six and one-half feet.  The Subseries includes correspondence to and from George F. Will Sr. and is organized alphabetically by the correspondent’s last name. Individuals who frequently corresponded with Will, or whose correspondence is of considerable research value are filed separately. Their relationship to Will, or the subject of the correspondence, is noted after each name. The rest of the correspondents are filed in miscellaneous folders by last name within the alphabetical sequence.

The Subseries contains correspondence spanning from George F. Will Sr.'s childhood until the year of his death. The earliest correspondence is from his father, Oscar H. Will, and friends from his time at Bismarck Public Schools, Fayetteville Union School (Mass.), and Bismarck High School. The Subseries also includes correspondence to George F. Will Sr. from various family members regarding personal and business matters. Will received letters from his parents, children, wives, and other relatives, including the Birds, Extons, Kangases, Kengons, Koskis, Lumrys, Taylors, and Wills.

A significant portion of the correspondence in the Subseries dates from Will’s time at Harvard University and is from his family and classmates. On the 1905 summer break between semesters, he and classmate Herbert “Jose” Spinden and Anthropology Professor Roland B. Dixon embarked on an archaeological expedition near Bismarck on the Missouri River. They published their findings in The Mandans: A Study of their Culture, Archaeology and Language in 1906. This Subseries contains correspondence about the trip, their published article, and about subsequent archaeological expeditions and trips. In addition to research related correspondence, this Subseries includes correspondence with Harvard friends, several of which last for the remainder of George F. Will Sr.’s lifetime.

The majority of this Subseries covers research topics that interested George F. Will Sr. such as agriculture, American Indians, anthropology, archaeology, botany, dendrology, ethnobotany, and history of the Northern Great Plains. Some correspondence in the Subseries relates to published articles by George F. Will Sr. and others. Major correspondents include H. W. Case, Dr. Roland Dixon, Dr. Clyde Fisher and Te Ata Fisher (Mary Frances Thompson), Clell Gannon, Dr. Melvin Gilmore, Carl Guthe, George E. Hyde, O.G. Libby, Tommy McClure, Russell Reid, H. O. Saxvik, Ernest Thompson Seton, Herbert “Jose” Spinden, Ernst R. Steinbrueck, O. A. Stevens, W. Duncan Strong, Otis and Lizzie Tye, H. L. Walster, Waldo Wedel, Clark Wissler, and Dana Wright, among many others.

This Subseries relates to all other Series in the collection. This is because the major areas of Will’s life: his research, personal relationships, organizational involvement, and position at the Oscar H. Will Seed Company, were all interconnected. For example, correspondence with a customer often branched off to a discussion of other topics, which resulted in extended correspondence. Personal correspondence with friends often discussed research or organizational involvement (sometimes both), families, and mutual friends. One of the most comprehensive and valuable parts of the collection, this Subseries should be consulted by researchers who are interested in any of these topics, or who want to get a sense of George F. Will Sr. personally and professionally.

Subseries II also includes a scrapbook of correspondence to and from George F. Will Jr. during his service in World War II.

Series I. Subseries III, Correspondence to Other Family Members, 1901-2006, measures one foot. This Subseries includes correspondence to Katherine (Sterrett) Will (George F. Will Sr.’s first wife), Vera (Kangas) Will (his second wife), Mabel (Will) Lumry, George F. Will Jr. and his wife Evelyn (Prostel), Oscar H. Will II, George H. and Zoe Bird (from their sons George Francis and Herbert Curtis), and Charlotte Taylor. The Subseries includes every Christmas card sent by the families of George F. Will and George F. Will Jr. from 1924-2006.

The majority of this Subseries consists of correspondence to Vera (Kangas) Will. Correspondents to Vera include her sisters Sylvia (Nylund) Breitmeyer and Elna (Nylund) Koski, George F. Will Sr., members of the Will family, Charlotte Taylor, and others. The majority of letters to Vera are from George F. Will before they were married. Vera attended Oak Hill finishing school in St. Paul (Minn.) in the early 1920s, the University of North Dakota for a year, and possibly a university in Iowa. George wrote to Vera almost daily during this period, from about 1921-1925. 

Several folders in the Subseries contain correspondence to George F. Will Jr. and include birthday and holiday cards, correspondence with his wife Evelyn (Prostel), friends, members of the Will Family, and other relatives. The remaining correspondence in the Subseries is to Katherine, Oscar II, George H. and Zoe Bird, and Charlotte Taylor in this Subseries and is not comprehensive. 

Series II. Organizational Records, 1905-1964, measures three feet. The majority of the Series consists of records from the organizations in which George F. Will Sr. was a member of during his lifetime. The Series documents his participation in professional and social clubs in the Bismarck community, North Dakota, the Northern Plains, and nationally. Some of the significant organizations in the Series include: the American Anthropological Association (Central Section), American Museum of Natural History, Bismarck Board of Education, Burleigh County Commission, Burleigh County Pioneers Association, International Peace Garden, Inc., North Dakota Corn Show, North Dakota Education Association, North Dakota State Horticultural Society, North Dakota Society of American Foresters, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Like George F. Will Sr.'s correspondence, the Organizational Records are organized alphabetically by the name of the organization. Major organizations, in terms of volume or activity on behalf of George F. Will Sr., are filed individually. Minor organizations are filed in miscellaneous folders by the first letter of the organization within the alphabetical sequence.

Also significant in the Series is printed material, correspondence and other material that documents historic events in Bismarck (N.D.), the state of North Dakota, the region and nation. Will's contribution to a wide range of organizations is illuminated in this Series and his organizational affiliations mirror his personal, professional and research interests.

Series III. Research files, ca. 1881-2003, spans nine feet plus oversize items. The largest Series in the collection, the Research files are divided into the following Subseries: Manuscripts and Publications, Josephine Waggoner Manuscript, Anthropology/Archaeology/Ethnobotany, Botany, Dendrology, and History.

Series III. Subseries I, Manuscripts and Publications, ca. 1904-2003, measures three and one-half feet. A large part of the Subseries is comprised of manuscripts, speeches and publications by George F. Will Sr. on personal, professional and business related research topics. The Subseries also contains manuscripts, reminiscences, research and publications by other authors used by Will in his research. Materials in the Subseries are organized by topic, and then alphabetically. Topics include: botany; corn; dendrology; history; horticulture; the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara; and many other topics. A large portion of the works by Will in the Subseries include manuscripts and research for several major publications: The Mandans, Corn for the Northwest, Army Life in Dakota, selections from the Journal of Philippe Régis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand (translation), and Le Marquis de Mores, 1858-1896: avec 7 graveures et une carte hors by Charles Droulers (translation). Several book reviews for Will's publications are included in the Subseries. Some of the manuscripts in this Subseries may have been used in conjunction with his radio talks, see Series II. Subseries IV.

In addition to manuscripts and publications authored by George F. Will Sr. are works by others, including Oscar H. and George F. Will Jr. Several of the manuscripts and publications have no author attributed to them, which is a clear weakness in the Subseries.

Series III. Subseries II, Josephine Waggoner Manuscript, ca. 1940-1986, measures one half foot. In 1940, George F. Will Sr. was introduced to the work of Josephine McCarthy Waggoner, a Lakota historian. The two corresponded about editing her manuscripts for publication beginning in March 1940. Will's intention was to edit and unite the separate manuscripts sent to him by Waggoner into a complete book. The manuscripts included stories of Lakota and Dakota tribal members, their traditional customs and beliefs, and Waggoner's own life experiences. After Waggoner's death in 1943, her children attempted to collect her manuscripts from George F. Will and other institutions with whom Waggoner had worked. After decades of litigation, Waggoner's original manuscripts were returned to the family in 1977.

This Subseries contains correspondence between Waggoner and Will, correspondence between Will and several publishers, correspondence between Waggoner's children and members of the Will family about ownership of the manuscripts, a photocopy of the edited manuscripts written by Will, and information from several sources that attempts to trace the history of the manuscript. The original manuscripts by Waggoner and by George F. Will are located in the Josephine Waggoner Papers (MSS 11236) at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
 
Series III. Subseries III, Anthropology/Archaeology/Ethnobotany, ca. 1904-1955, measures one and three-fourths feet. The Subseries consists of materials used by George F. Will Sr. in his anthropological, archaeological, and ethnobotanical research and publications. Subseries III includes linguistic research, translations of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Dakota languages, hand-drawn maps and illustrations, field notes from the Seton trip and other explorations, source notes from published works, and miscellaneous subject files.  

A large portion of Subseries III consists of the anthropological research papers of Dr. Melvin R. Gilmore about the Arikara Indians, including ceremonies, agriculture, cultural practices, religion, and tribal organization. The Subseries includes several oral histories as told to Gilmore by members of the tribe. In July 1924, while working for the Museum of the American Indian-Heye Foundation, Gilmore, Russell Reid and George F. Will visited the Arikara near Elbowoods. Their intent was to record the cultural ceremonies of the Arikara, including the Sage dance, the Holy Cedar Tree Ceremony, and the Mother Corn Ceremony. This part of the Subseries is of considerable research value because the original manuscripts by Gilmore represent insight into the realm of anthropological work in North Dakota. Photographs to accompany material in this Subseries can be found in Series X.
 
Series III. Subseries IV, Botany, ca. 1924-1958, measures one and one-half feet. This Subseries consists of transcripts and notes for radio talks given by George F. Will, George F. Will Jr., Oscar Henry Will II, and others, on behalf of the Oscar H. Will Seed Company. The talks discuss seeds, planting, gardening, the weather, questions from listeners and a variety of other topics. The talks were given by George F. Will Sr. every January through May from about 1924 until his death in 1955. After George F. Will Sr.'s death, George F. Will Jr., Oscar Henry Will II, Dick Alger and Ken Weinbauer continued with the program until 1958. The Subseries is fairly complete, and is only missing transcripts for part of 1945, and all of 1954. However, there are numerous undated transcripts toward the end of the Series which may fill in these gaps.
 
Series III. Subseries V, Dendrology, 1923-ca. 1955, spans one foot plus oversize. Subseries V includes correspondence, tree ring readings by site and publications pertaining to George F. Will Sr.'s dendrology research. Will pioneered dendrology and dendrochronology research in the Missouri River region in part to date his earlier archaeological findings and also to study weather patterns.
  
Series III. Subseries VI, History, 1881-ca. 1970s, measures three-fourths of one foot. The Subseries focuses on the history of Bismarck (N.D.) and includes research, reminiscences, manuscripts, notes by George F. Will, George F. Will Jr., and others. A small part of Subseries VI consists of cowboy songs and related information collected by George F. Will Sr. for publication. The Subseries also includes subject files of printed material organized into the following topics: arts, Bismarck (N.D.) history, Bismarck (N.D.) politics, history of the Northern Great Plains, military, North Dakota history, North Dakota politics, North Dakota State Agencies, sports, and transportation. The Subseries represents the focus of the research of George F. Will Jr.  

Series IV, Business Records, ca. 1880-1984, measures two and one-half feet. The majority of this Series consists of Oscar H. Will Seed Company catalogs. The catalogs, some which were designed by Clell Gannon, document the history of the company and their adaptation and sale of various crop strains. A variety of business records are also located in Series IV, including: a history of the company, founding documents, minutes and agendas, correspondence, crop lists and dealers, legal documents, information about the company's liquidation, order sheets, financial material, advertisements, and printed material.   

Series V, Family papers, ca. 1832-1989, measures five and three-quarter feet. This Series includes all material that is not related to research or business matters. It primarily consists of the papers of George F. Will Sr. and George F. Will Jr., but also includes records of other family members.

Series V. Subseries I, George F. Will Sr. Diaries, ca. 1902-1955, spans two feet. In each handwritten diary, George F. Will Sr. records his daily activities, weather reports, appointments and meetings. The diaries reveal Will's involvement in numerous organizations and his contributions to the development of the Bismarck (N.D.) community. In addition, the diaries provide insight into his daily life, relationships and personality. Each diary spans approximately one year. Diaries in the Subseries are arranged chronologically.

Series V. Subseries II, George F. Will Sr. Autobiography, n.d., measures one foot. The Subseries includes one handwritten and one typed autobiography, possibly alternate versions of the same manuscript. It is uncertain whether the autobiography is complete. In his autobiography, Will weaves the history of Dakota Territory with his own personal story in an attempt to show the interrelatedness between his upbringing, the land, and its history. The Subseries is organized into typed and handwritten editions, then by page number.

Series V. Subseries III, Education, 1894-1955, measures two feet, and includes education-related records of George F. Will Sr. and George F. Will Jr. The bulk of the Subseries consists of George F. Will Sr.'s records from Harvard University. The Harvard University records include papers and short stories by Will, papers on the Mandan, class notebooks, and records from organizations such as the Anthropological Society of Harvard University, Peabody Museum of American Archaeology, Harvard Alumni association, Class of 1906, and the Harvard Travelers Club. The Harvard University records span from George F. Will Sr.'s time as a student until his death. The Subseries also includes grades, diplomas, and other papers of George F. Will Sr. from the Bismarck Public Schools, Fayetteville Union School (Mass.), and Bismarck High School.

Subseries III also includes George F. Will Jr.'s research on sunflowers for his thesis at Harvard University. George F. Will Jr.'s papers in this Subseries include notes, correspondence, research sources and his final thesis.
 
Series V. Subseries IV, Family Papers, ca. 1832-1989, measures one-quarter of a foot of miscellaneous family papers of George F. Will Sr., Margaret (Will) Exton, George F. Will Jr., Evelyn (Prostel) Will, Sue (Will) Arman, and Clell Gannon. The Subseries includes genealogical information, German papers of Will ancestor Francis Will, George F. Will Jr.'s World War II records, invitations, awards and certificates earned by George F. Will Sr., records related to the George F. Will Sr. residence dubbed "house on the hill," and records from the death of George F. Will Sr.

Series V. Subseries V, Legal Documents, 1916-1961, spans one half-foot. The Subseries consists largely of records that document George F. Will Sr.'s charitable donation of his time and money to those less fortunate. Will donated money and served as legal counsel, guardian, and executor of the estates of many people. The Subseries also includes the estate papers of Elvira Isabel "Belle" Bird Will, George F. Will Sr. and Elvira Kangas Will. Miscellaneous legal documents and records from the family property at Lake Isabel are also included in Subseries V.

Series VI, Publications, 1907-1977, measure two feet and include publications acquired by George F. Will Sr. and George F. Will Jr. for research and personal interest. Topics include: archaeology, dendrology, ethnobotany, geology and natural history, horticulture, linguistics, history, North Dakota, philosophy, South Dakota, and the Peabody Museum.

Series VII, Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1898-2000s, measures one and one-half feet and is divided into two Subseries.

Series VII. Subseries I, Newspaper Clippings, dates from ca. 1900s-2000s, and spans one-half foot. The newspaper clippings feature articles about the Will family, the Oscar H. Will Seed Company, Will's Inc., Bismarck (N.D.), North Dakota, corn, American Indians, dendrology, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Series VII. Subseries II, Scrapbooks, dates from 1898-1917 and measures one foot. The scrapbooks, created by George F. Will Sr., document the Spanish American War, the lifetime and achievements of Oscar H. Will, the years 1905-1908, and his time at Harvard University.

Series VIII, Maps and Drawings, ca. 1888-1951, measures three feet of oversize material. The Subseries includes maps and drawings collected out of personal interest and for research purposes. Specifically, the Series includes maps of North Dakota, Dakota Territory, the Missouri River, South Dakota, the route travelled by the Indian Expedition (1864) which left Fort Ridgeley, and the Sioux Expedition under the command of Sibley. Posters include an advertisement from Capital Boot and Shoe Store (Bismarck, D.T.), "Why Grow Corn?" and an illustrated poster of Indians of North America.

SERIES DESCRIPTION

Series I.                                Correspondence, 1887‑2006, Boxes 1-9

Consists of correspondence arranged into the following three Subseries, each of which are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically: Correspondence to Oscar H. and Elvira Isabel “Belle” Bird Will (1887-1908), Correspondence to George F. Will Sr. (1888-1955), and Correspondence to Other Family Members (1901-2006).

Series II.               Organizational records, 1905-1964, Boxes 10-12

Comprised of organizational records created by Will family members, primarily George F. Will Sr., during the course of their participation. The records are organized alphabetically and then chronologically.

Series III.             Research files, 1881‑ca. 2003, Boxes 13-28 and oversize

Research files are divided into the following Subseries: Manuscripts and Publications (ca. 1904-2003), Josephine Waggoner Manuscript (ca. 1940-1986), Anthropology/Archaeology/Ethnobotany (ca. 1904-1955), Botany (ca. 1924-1958), Dendrology (1923-ca. 1955), and History (1881-ca. 1970s).

Series IV.             Business records, ca. 1880-1984, Boxes 29-35

Includes two Subseries: Records (ca. 1880-1984) and Seed Catalogs (1882-1969). The Records are organized by type or subject and then chronologically. The Seed Catalogs are organized chronologically.

Series V.              Family papers, ca. 1832-1989, Boxes 36-43 and oversize

Consists of five Subseries: George F. Will Sr. Diaries (ca. 1902-1955), George F. Will Sr. Autobiography (n.d.), Education (1894-1955), Family Papers (ca. 1832-1989), and Legal Documents (1916-1961). The George F. Will Sr. Diaries Subseries includes diaries and transcriptions, arranged chronologically. The George F. Will Sr. Autobiography is divided into typed and handwritten copies, which are filed by page number. The Education Subseries includes records of George F. Will Sr. and George F. Will Jr. Both are arranged chronologically.

Series VI.             Publications, 1907-1977, Boxes 44-45

                                Publications are organized by topic.

Series VII.            Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1898-2000s, Boxes 46-50

Includes two Subseries: Scrapbooks (1898-1917) and Newspaper Clippings
(ca. 1900s-2000s). The Newspaper Clippings Subseries is organized by topic.

Series VIII.          Maps and Drawings, ca. 1888-1951, oversize

BOX/FOLDER INVENTORY

Series I.                Correspondence

Series I. Subseries I.        Correspondence to Oscar H. and Elvira Isabel “Belle” Bird Will

Box 1:
1 Will, George F. Sr. to Oscar H. Will: personal (son), 1903-1904
2 Will, George F. Sr. to Oscar H. Will: personal (son), 1905-1906
3 Will (Lumry), Mabel to Oscar H. and Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will: personal (daughter), 1903
4 Will, Oscar H. to Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will: personal (wife), 1887-1890
5 Will, George F. Sr. to Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will: personal (son), 1903-1904
6 Will, George F. Sr. to Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will: personal (son), 1905-1908
7 Bird, George to Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will: personal (father), 1895
8 Miscellaneous correspondence to Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will, 1896-1906

Series I. Subseries II.      Correspondence to George F. Will Sr.

Box 2:
1 A miscellaneous correspondence, 1919-1955
2 Aandahl, Governor Fred: H. F. McLean (sculptor of Pioneer Family statue), 1946
3 Allaire, Irene M.: personal, 1924-1935
4 Allen, J. D.: poetry, personal, 1941-1946
5 Anderson, Charles: personal, 1900-1902
6 Anderson, Edgar (geneticist, Missouri Botanical Garden): corn, 1942-1946
7 Anderson, J. C.: personal, 1923-1938
8 Arvold, Alfred: Little Country Theater (North Dakota Agricultural College), 1942-1944
9 B miscellaneous correspondence (Ba-Be), 1906-1955
10 B miscellaneous correspondence (Bi-By), 1904-1955
11 Bailey, Vernon (United States Department of Agriculture Bureau of Biological Survey): animals, agriculture, American Indians, Melvin Gilmore, seeds, 1909-1927
12 Barnum, Fred: personal (relative), 1906-1940
13 Barnum, Fred: personal (relative), 1941-1955
14 Barry, J. Nielson: history of the northern plains, Verendrye, 1931-1932
15 Beard, Calla: personal, ca. 1900
16 Beebe, Hiram E.: recording Frank B. Fiske's music, botany, personal, 1939-1951
17 Bell, Earl H. (Institute of Anthropology, University of Nebraska): Plains Archaeology Conference, National Parks, 1932-1937
18 Bell, J. Leonard: personal, 1933-1940
19 Bell, J. Leonard: personal, 1941-1945
20 Bell, J. Leonard: personal, 1946-1953
21 Bird, George Francis: personal (cousin), 1909-1947
22 Bird, George Herbert: personal (uncle), 1896-1938
23 Bird, George Montgomery and Sarah Francis: personal (grandfather and step-grandmother), ca. 1892-1901
24 Bowers, Alfred W.: pottery and skeletons to SHSND, burial mounds, 1929-1949
25 Brew, J. O.: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard), archaeology, ethnology, 1944-1953
26 Brown, Barron: sketches and paintings of American Indians at Standing Rock, author, 1923-1935
27 Brown, Charles E. (State Historical Society of Wisconsin): seeds, research articles, progress of the SHSND, 1916-1940
28 Burdick, Usher L. (United States House of Representatives): problems of Bismarck Junior College and government spending (taxing cooperatives), 1948-1950
29 Burkey, L. M.: Mandan customs, rituals and vocabulary, manuscript research, 1947-1950
30 Burton, Cecil: personal, 1917-1936
31 C miscellaneous correspondence (Ca-Cl), 1906-1949
32 C miscellaneous correspondence (Co-Cy), 1901-1952
33 Carter, George F.: paper on American Indian agriculture, corn, dendrology, 1946-1947
34 Case, Harold W. (Fort Berthold Mission): the Fort Berthold Mission, SHSND, 1923-1954
35 Cheney, Stephen: personal, 1904-1919
36 Cheney, Walter (and John): personal, 1931-1946
37 Cole, Fay Cooper: Alfred Bowers, 1931-1950
38 Collis, Lex: Army friend of George F. Will Jr., 1944-1956
39 Cooper, Paul: archaeological surveys, Missouri River Basin, 1950-1951
40 Corwin, Howard: botany, seeds, trees, 1944-1947
41 Corwin, S. W.: hunting, business, 1937-1952
42 Coventry, Chas.: archaeology of American Indian mounds, 1925-1936
43 Crawford, Kenneth: published books, American Indian mounds, 1935-1946
44 Crawford, Lewis: published articles and books, Andrew Dawson, 1925-1931
45 D miscellaneous correspondence, 1900-1954
46 Dixon, Roland: Harvard anthropology professor, personal, 1905-1909
47 Dixon, Roland: Harvard anthropology professor, personal, 1906-1924
48 Dixon, Roland: Harvard anthropology professor, personal, 1925-1936

Box 3:
1 E miscellaneous correspondence, 1912-1954
2 Eagle, James H.: personal, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation happenings, 1905-1909
3 Eagle, James Y.: personal, Hidatsa traditions, American Indians, 1906-1924
4 Ecker, Louis: personal (childhood friend), 1896-1952
5 Eigell, Robert "Bob": personal, World War II, 1917-1948
6 Eliot, J. D.: botany, seeds, agricultural crops, 1927-1933
7 Eversull, Frank L. (president of North Dakota Agricultural College): NDAC honorary degree, 1940-1946
8 Ewers, John: American Indians, earth lodges, 1939-1953
9 F miscellaneous correspondence, 1909-1952
10 Fairbanks, Arvard: pioneer statue, 1946-1950
11 Falconer, W.: Burleigh County pioneer, 1931-1955
12 Fish, H. C. (curator of SHSND): personal, SHSND, 1910-1933
13 Fish, May: personal, 1939-1941
14 Fish, Vynor: personal, 1934-1949
15 Fisher, Clyde (curator of American Museum of Natural History) and Te Ata: American Indians, exploration, 1927-1949
16 Fiske, Frank B. (photographer) and Angela: American Indians, photography, American Indian folk music, 1943-1950
17 Fox, George R. (Chamberlin Memorial Museum): Wisconsin history, 1915-1916
18 Fox, Lawrence K. (SHSND): Fort Manuel, Sakakawea, 1933-1945
19 Fredrickson, Fred: dendrology, tree ring studies, 1944
20 G miscellaneous correspondence, 1899-1953
21 Gannon, Clell: personal, exploration, artist of seed catalog covers, 1926-1954
22 George, E. J. (United State Department of Agriculture): Soil and water, Society of American Foresters, 1943-1955
23 Gilmore, Melvin (Nebraska Historical Society, SHSND, Museum of American Indian): personal, American Indians, 1914-1930
24 Gilmore, Melvin (Nebraska Historical Society, SHSND, Museum of American Indian): personal, American Indians, 1931-1942
25 Gladwin, Harold S.: dendrology, tree ring studies, 1945-1950
26 Goddard, Pliny, E. (American Museum of Natural History): American Indians, ethnology, language, 1916-1921
27 Graves, Harry (NDAC): botany, personal, 1940-1950
28 Griffin, James B. (University of Michigan): Museum of Anthropology, 1944-1951
29 Grinnell, Charles and Clara: personal, Elbowoods, American Indians, 1915-1946
30 Grinnell, George B.: Cheyenne Indian traditions, state park in Badlands, 1916-1927
31 Guelf, Charles: personal, seed company, 1919-1927
32 Guernsey, S. J. (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard), 1916-1917
33 Guthe, Carl (University of Michigan): personal, anthropology, ethnobotany, 1931-1953
34 H miscellaneous correspondence, 1916-1956
35 Hagedorn, Herman (Roosevelt Memorial Association): Theodore Roosevelt, 1920-1922
36 Hall, Rev. Charles (Fort Berthold Mission): Fort Berthold Mission, corn, 1911-1939
37 Hall, Evan: personal, agriculture, 1936-1955
38 Hamilton, Richard A. (University of Minnesota): World War II, tropical plants from South Pacific area, 1943-1950
39 Hanson, John H.: state park in Badlands, 1954-1955
40 Heath, Fannie M.: botany, seeds, 1927-1931
41 Hecker, Thad: archaeological digs along Missouri River, American Indians, 1938-1951
42 Heidt, L.: personal, 1918-1919
43 Heiser, Dr. Charles L. Jr. (Indiana University): botany, 1949-1954
44 Hellman, Richard "Dick": personal, 1904-1933
45 Hertz/Hall, Deborah: personal, Fort Berthold Mission (daughter of Rev. Charles Hall), 1924-1954
46 Hiller, W. R.: American Indians, seeds, 1938-1955
47 Hodge, F. W.: anthropology, American Indians, bullboats, 1909-1949
48 Holand, H. R.: American Indians, wheat, Verendrye, Deapolis, 1947-1953
49 Holmberg, Sven A.: personal, 1946-1952
50 Howard, Theodore E. (Manitoba Museum): Winnipeg Historical Society, 1947-1955
51 Hutchinson, J. Horatio "Hutch": Harvard classmate, personal, 1906-1908
52 Hyde, George E. (Torch Press): American Indians, ethnobotany, anthropology, 1912-1916
53 Hyde, George E. (Torch Press): American Indians, ethnobotany, anthropology, 1917-1930
54 Hyde, George E. (Torch Press): American Indians, ethnobotany, anthropology, 1931-1936
55 Hyde, George E. (Torch Press): American Indians, ethnobotany, anthropology, 1937-1951

Box 4:
1 I miscellaneous correspondence, 1929-1948
2 J miscellaneous correspondence, 1902-1951
3 Jablow, Joe: anthropology, archeology, WPA, 1939
4 Jacobsen, Edmund L.: American Indian sites near Pierre (S.D.), 1931-1934
5 Jenks, Albert (University of Minnesota): anthropology, 1930-1939
6 Johnson, Flora: personal, 1951-1954
7 Johnson, Frederick (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard): Society of American Archaeology, Missouri River Basin and Garrison Dam, 1948-1954
8 Johnson, Roy P. (Fargo Forum): American Indians in eastern North Dakota, 1952
9 K miscellaneous correspondence, 1908-1954
10 Kelley, Nell W.: personal, 1923-1939
11 Kelsey, Vera: editing manuscript on Lakota, American Indians, 1952-1953
12 Kengon, John and Caroline "Aunt Cal": personal (uncle and aunt), 1899-1939
13 Keyes, Charles R. (State Historical Society of Iowa), 1929-1947
14 Kirby, Joseph R.: personal, 1940-1950
15 Kivett, Marvin F. (Nebraska State Historical Society): ethnobotany, corn, American Indians, 1951-1952
16 Kleinschmidt, John: historic photos for SHSND, 1927-1950
17 L miscellaneous correspondence, 1916-1954
18 Langer, William: governor and senator of North Dakota, legislation, 1933-1949
19 Lee, Ida Prokop: artist, sculptures and busts, 1947-1951
20 Lee, Ronald F. (National Park Service): American Indians, archaeological remains, 1935-1954
21 Leifur, C. W.: Bismarck Public Schools principal, 1933-1946
22 Leslie, W. R. (Canada Department of Agriculture): American Indians, corn, 1919-1954
23 Libby, Orin Grant (SHSND): SHSND, personal, 1909-1945
24 Lilly, William: Harvard Club, personal, 1931-1943
25 Lippert, L. C.: Superintendent of Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Sitting Bull grave marker, 1941-1944
26 Little Owl, Ralph and Clara: personal, seeds, 1936-1939
27 Lomax, John A.: American Indian and cowboy folk songs, 1909-1932
28 Lowie, Robert, H. (American Museum of Natural History): American Indian traditions, 1912-1919
29 Lumry, Rufus Worth: personal (brother-in-law), 1924-1925
30 Lumry, Rufus Worth II and Gayle: personal (nephew and wife), 1924-1948
31 Lynd, Bob and Louise: Lewis and Clark exploration, 1939-1940
32 M miscellaneous correspondence, 1909-1952
33 MacGowan, E. S.: Minnesota Archaeological Society, 1945-1949
34 Mangelsdorf, P. C.: Texas agriculture, 1939
35 Martin, J. M.: Nebraska public schools, 1923-1930
36 McClure, Tommy: personal, Harvard classmate, 1904-1914
37 McClure, Tommy: personal, Harvard classmate, 1915-1933
38 McClure, Tommy: personal, Harvard classmate, 1934-1955
39 McLean, Harry: pioneer statue, 1929-1955
40 McLaren, Gorden: soil reclamation, research of Oscar H. Will, 1919-1937
41 McMahon, V.P. (W.F. Hall Printing): personal, 1934-1954
42 Meleen, Elmer (University of South Dakota): archaeology, 1947-1949
43 Moses, John: governor of North Dakota, 1929-1944
44 Munro, J. A. (NDAC): entomologist, de Trobriand, 1936-1950
45 Museum Bookstore of London: Caitlin paintings, 1928
46 N miscellaneous correspondence, 1921-1952
47 Neal, Bigelow: personal, author, seeds, 1927-1946
48 Norwood, J. W. (Market Growers Journal): American Indians, 1935
49 Nye, William "Bill" H.: Harvard classmate, 1905-1953
50 O miscellaneous correspondence, 1919-1951
51 O'Bryan, Deric (Gila Pueblo): dendrology, tree ring studies, 1948-1949
52 O'Brien, Francis Burke: Bismarck (N.D.) pioneer, 1929-1930
53 Oak Hall Mrs. Backus' School for Girls: Vera's education, 1920-1933
54 Odell, Thomas, Verendrye, 1933-1942
55 Ostergaard, Mogens: corn in Holland, 1950-1955
56 Over, W. H. (University of South Dakota): American Indians of the Dakotas, 1920-1941

Box 5:
1 P miscellaneous correspondence, 1905-1955
2 Perry, Harold T.: Army friend of George F. Will Jr., 1944-1945
3 Pettigrew, R. F.: stones (American Indians), SHSND, 1919-1925
4 Piper, Marion (assistant editor of North Dakota outdoors, Art Week Advisory Committee), 1945-1948
5 Post, Waldron K.: de Trobriand manuscript (Waldron's grandfather), 1936-1946
6 Pottinger, Dave: personal, 1908-1928
7 Pottinger, Dave: personal, 1929-1946
8 Pottinger, Dave: personal, 1947-1955
9 Powell, Walter D.: Verendrye Bridge, manuscript research and editing, 1936-1952
10 Prall, Horace Griggs: personal, 1906-1951
11 Prior, Serman: personal, 1902-1915
12 Prokop, Ida: sculpted bust of C. B. Waldron, 1944-1951
13 Q miscellaneous correspondence, 1938-1941
14 R miscellaneous correspondence, 1906-1953
15 Raymond, Roy: personal (cousin), 1911-1935
16 Register, George S. (and George M.): legal, 1930-1945
17 Reid, Russell: SHSND, personal, 1929-1952
18 Rickaby, Franz: pioneer and cowboy songs, 1920-1923
19 Robinson, John: old Fort Stevenson, 1930-1936
20 Robinson, Will (Secretary of the South Dakota State Historical Society): dendrology, 1946-1947
21 Rolfsrud, Erling N.: biography of Oscar H. Will for publication, 1949-1951
22 Roosa, C. C.: Hayes Method (hay fever), 1938
23 Roosevelt, Nicholas (New York Times): trees, Little Missouri trip, 1926-1927
24 S miscellaneous correspondence (Sa-So), 1900-1952
25 S miscellaneous correspondence (Sp-Sw), 1910-1954
26 Sarvis, John T. (Agronomist, United States Department of Agriculture), 1930-1946
27 Saunders, Helen E.: personal, 1927-1929
28 Saxvik, H. O.: higher education, 1929-1942
29 Seton, Ernest Thompson (Seton Institute): American Indians, personal, 1927-1946
30 Simmons, W. A. (South Dakota State Historical Society), 1932-1954
31 Simpson, Albert H.: Arikara magic ceremonies, 1923-1938
32 Smith, Carlyle S. (University of Kansas, Museum of Natural History), 1938-1952
33 Spinden, Herbert "Jose" (American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum): personal, Harvard, research, 1906-1948
34 Sproats, Essie (Mrs. Harry): personal (cousin), 1900-1950
35 Stefansson, Vilhjalmur: lectures, publications, American Indians, Kensington Stone, 1917-1955
36 Steinbrueck, Ernst R.: Mandans, archaeology, SHSND, 1906-1915
37 Sterrett, Sam and Lulu: personal, 1916-1929
38 Stevens, O. A. (Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, North Dakota Agricultural College), 1915-1949
39 Stewart, David A.: American Indian history, northern great plains history, 1926-1937
40 Strong, W. Duncan (Department of Anthropology, Columbia University), 1931-1941

Box 6:
1 T miscellaneous correspondence, 1907-1955
2 Taylor, Edwin J. Sr.: personal, 1919-ca. 1936
3 Taylor, Edwin J. Jr.: personal, 1919-1952
4 Taylor, Charlotte (Lotte): personal, 1919-1937
5 Taylor, Herndon: personal, 1919-1954
6 Thayer, Gordon: personal (Harvard), 1906-1934
7 Thorberg, Eric: money owed from failed business and rent, 1929-1942
8 Towne, Claude: speaking engagement at Oak Park, Chicago (IL), 1954
9 Tuttle, Mary: personal, 1899-1919
10 Tye, Otis and Lizzie: personal, cowboy songs, pioneer days, reminiscences, 1910-1947
11 U and V miscellaneous correspondence, 1907-1952
12 W miscellaneous correspondence (Wa-Wh), 1901-1955
13 W miscellaneous correspondence (Wi-Wy), 1916-1952
14 Wallace, Bruce: "house on a hill" (George F. Will Sr. residence), 1926-1939
15 Walster, H. L. (Dean of Agriculture, North Dakota Agricultural College), 1927-1954
16 Watson, Elmo Scott: North Dakota and Dakota Territory photographers and their collections, 1946-1949
17 Wedel, Waldo (Smithsonian), 1939-1955
18 Wennett, W. M.: North Dakota history: books and curriculum, 1924-1930
19 Wheeler, Harry M.: personal (Harvard), 1905-1930
20 Whipple, Charles: Non-Partisan League research, 1934
21 Wilkinson, Boyden and Cragun Law Office: Fort Berthold Indians vs. United States Government, 1951-1952
22 Will children (Elvira Susannah [Sue] and Oscar II) to parents: personal, ca. 1940s
23 Will, Elvira Isabel "Belle": personal (mother), 1891-1905
24 Will, Elvira Isabel "Belle": personal (mother), 1905-1923
25 Will, George F. Jr.: personal (son), 1931-1945
26 Will, George F. Jr.: personal (son), 1947-1948
27 Will, George F. Jr.: personal (son), 1949
28 Will, George F. Jr. (scrapbook of correspondence during World War II service): personal (son), 1944
29 Will, George F. Jr. (scrapbook of correspondence during World War II service): personal (son), 1945
30 Will, George F. Jr. (scrapbook of correspondence during World War II service): personal (son), 1945
31 Will, George F. Jr. (scrapbook of correspondence during World War II service): personal (son), 1946
32 Will, George F. Jr. (scrapbook of correspondence during World War II service): personal (son), 1946
33 Will (Sterrett), Katherine H.: personal (wife), 1907-1912

Box 7:
1 Will (Lumry), Mabel: personal (sister), 1901-1950s
2 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), ca. 1921-1931
3 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), ca. 1932-1937 (mostly undated)
4 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1934-1936
5 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), ca. 1936-1940 (mostly undated)
6 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1940-1942
7 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1943-1944
8 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1945
9 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1946
10 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1947-1948
11 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1949
12 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), 1950-1955
13 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), n.d.
14 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), n.d.
15 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), n.d.
16 Will (Exton), Margaret: personal (daughter), n.d.
17 Will, Oscar H.: personal (father), 1888-1912
18 Will, Oscar H. II: personal (son), 1950-1955
19 Will (Arman), Elvira Susanna (Sue): personal (daughter), 1937-1950
20 Will (Kangas), Vera: personal (wife), ca. 1926-1942

Box 8:
1 Wilde, Byron and Anna: personal, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation ceremonies, 1933-1936
2 Wilson, Gilbert L.: American Indians, archaeology, 1908-1930
3 Wilson, M. L.: Montana agriculture, 1914-1945
4 Wilson, Rufus R. (The Pioneer Press): American Indians, 1932-1933
5 University of Wisconsin: American Indians, corn, ethnobotany, 1933
6 Wissler, Clark (American Museum of Natural History): American Indians, Mandan collections, 1911-1947
7 Wollenhaupf, Mrs. Soren "Rose" (Eigell children): personal, guardianship, 1919-1937
8 Worthington, Elmer "Buck": Harvard classmate, 1906-1955
9 Wright, Dana (SHSND): personal, archaeology, 1924-1954
10 XYZ miscellaneous correspondence, 1900-1946
11 Yoder, A. H. (University of North Dakota): North Dakota history, American Indians, military posts, Burleigh County, 1923-1932
12 Young, Milton: United State senator of North Dakota, 1946-1949
13 [last name unknown], Henry (Britton, N.D., requesting financial assistance), ca. 1917
14 [last name unknown], Ned (travels from Bismarck to the west coast), ca. 1908
15 [last name unknown], Sadie (personal), ca. 1905

Series I. Subseries III.     Correspondence to Other Family Members

Box 9:
1 Miscellaneous correspondence to Katherine   Will, 1901-1919
2 Miscellaneous correspondence to Vera Will, 1921-1946
3 Miscellaneous correspondence to Vera Will, 1923-1959
4 Breitmeyer (Nylund), Sylvia to Vera Will (sister), 1922-1923
5 Kelley, Nell W. to Vera Will, 1920-1926
6 Koski, Arvo and Elna to Vera Will (brother-in-law and sister), 1927-1963
7 McMahon, Annie to Vera Will, 1944-1945
8 Moore, A. M. to Vera Will, 1922-1930
9 Taylor, Charlotte to Vera Will, 1920-1923
10 Will, George F. Sr. to Vera Will, 1920-1923
11 Will, George F. Sr. to Vera Will, 1924
12 Will, George F. Sr. to Vera Will, 1928-1954
13 Will (Lumry), Mabel to Vera Will (sister-in-law), 1944-1946
14 Will (Exton), Margaret to Vera Will (step-mother), 1955-1958
15 Miscellaneous correspondence to Mabel Will (Lumry), 1904-1906
16 Diessner, Don to George F. Will Jr., 1986-1988
17 McMahon, V.P. (W.F. Hall Printing) to George F. Will Jr., 1955
18 Nylund, Sylvia to George F. Will Jr., ca. 1930
19 (Last name unknown), Emma to George F. Will Jr., ca. 1930s
20 Holiday cards from miscellaneous to George F. Will Jr., 1930s
21 Birthday cards to George F. Will Jr., ca. 1930s
22 Miscellaneous correspondence to George F. Will Jr., 1929-1942
23 Will, George F. Jr. to Evelyn Prostel Will (wife), 1955-1958
24 Will, George F. Sr. and Vera to George F. Will Jr. (parents), 1927-1939
25 George F. Will Family Christmas cards, 1924-2006
26 Will, George F. Sr. to George F. Will Jr. (father), ca. 1943-1949
27 Will (Lumry), Mabel to George F. Will Jr. (aunt), ca. 1930s
28 Will (Exton), Margaret to George F. Will Jr. (sister), 1931-1934
29 Miscellaneous correspondence to/from Evelyn Prostel Will, 1955-1958
30 Miscellaneous correspondence to Oscar H. Will II, 1939
31 Bird, George Francis to George H. and Zoe Bird (parents), 1919-1931
32 Bird, Herbert Curtis to George H. and Zoe Bird (parents), 1911-1918
33 Miscellaneous correspondence to Charlotte Taylor, 1919

Series II.               Organizational Records

Box 10:
1 A miscellaneous organizations: American Historical Society; American Legion Lloyd Spetz Unit (Bismarck, N.D.); American Library Association; American Museum of Natural History; American Seed Trade Association; American Society for Horticultural Science; Americanists (International Congress of Americanists); Ancient Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America; Apple Creek Country Club; Arts & Letters Club (Bismarck, N.D.); Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc., 1911-1954
2 Agricultural History Society, 1921-1940
3 American Anthropological Association (Central Section), 1913-1954
4 American Council of Learned Societies, 1950-1955
5 American Folklore Society, 1907-1941
6 American Museum of Natural History, 1915-1939
7 B miscellaneous organizations: Bismarck Board of City Commissioners, Bismarck City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, Bismarck Commercial Club, Bismarck Community Players, Bismarck Delphian Study Club, Bismarck Fortnightly Club, Bismarck Future Farmers of America, Bismarck Garden Club, Bismarck Hospital, Bismarck Symphony Orchestra Association, Bismarck-Mandan Civic Music Association, Bismarck-Mandan Executives Club, Burleigh County Farm Security Advisory Council, Burleigh County Tax Payers Association, Burleigh County War Chest, 1916-1955
8 Bismarck Association of Commerce (includes Bismarck Golden and Diamond Jubilee information), 1905-1963
9 Bismarck Association of Commerce: Pioneer Days Celebration, 1936
10 Bismarck Board of Education, 1916-1940
11 Bismarck Board of Education, 1941-1955
12 Bismarck Board of Park Commissioners, 1937-1950
13 Bismarck Country Club, 1918-1951
14 Bismarck Junior College, 1939-1955
15 Bismarck Library Board, 1916-1964
16 Bismarck Rotary Club, 1920-1955
17 Bismarck Zoning Commission, ca. 1923-1924
18 Burleigh County Board of Recreational Activities, 1931-1932
19 Burleigh County Commission, 1926-1937
20 Burleigh County Pioneers Association: Memorial Committee, 1916-1947
21 Burleigh County Planning Board, 1935-1935
22 Committee for the Recovery of Archaeological Remains, ca. 1949-1954
23 D miscellaneous organizations (Daughters of the American Revolution, Dakota Memorial Association), 1919-1953
24 Ecological Society of America, 1941-1944
25 F miscellaneous organizations (Fairview Cemetery Association, Farm Diversification Week, Farm Economic Conference, Federation of Women's Clubs, Field Museum of Natural History, First Presbyterian Church [Bismarck], Freedom Train, Friends of Our Native Wild Life), 1913-1948
26 G miscellaneous organizations (Great Plains Habitat, Gridiron Club of North Dakota, Greater North Dakota Association), 1917-1954
27 Horticulturalists Association of the Northern Great Plains, 1918
28 International Peace Garden, Inc., 1934-1955
29 L miscellaneous organizations (Lewis and Clark Camp Site Memorial Association, Inc., Lewis and Clark Sesquitennial Committee, Liberty Memorial Bridge Opening Joint Pageant Committee), 1922-1955
30 M miscellaneous organizations (Maltese Cross Chapter of the Masons, Manitoba Horticultural Association, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota State Nurserymen's Association, Missouri Archaeological Society, Missouri Slope Chapter of the National Aeronautic Association, Mount Rainier Summit Climb, Museum of the American Indian), 1928-1955
31 Minnesota Archaeological Society, 1937-1943
32 Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1916-1955
33 Missouri Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 1929-1951

Box 11:
1 N miscellaneous organizations (National Association of Audubon Society, National Congress of American Indians, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, North Dakota Automobile Club, North Dakota Order of Rainbow for Girls, North Dakota State Highway Department, North Dakota Tax Survey Commission, North Dakota Vocational Agriculture and Vocational Association, North Dakota Seed Trade Association, Northern Pacific Railroad), 1918-1963
2 National Economic League, 1921-1927
3 National Research Council - Division of Anthropology and Psychology, 1923-1935
4 North Dakota Agricultural College, 1923-1942
5 North Dakota Corn Show, 1916-1943
6 North Dakota Education Association, 1910-1943
7 North Dakota Farm Forestry Committee, 1946-1955
8 North Dakota Library Association, 1951
9 North Dakota State Horticultural Society, 1923-1947
10 North Dakota Society of American Foresters, 1945-1953
11 P miscellaneous organizations (Pembina Hills Historic Society), n.d.
12 Plains Conference for Archaeology, 1947-1954
13 S miscellaneous organizations (Science Service, Smithsonian Institution, Spring Wheat Breading Conference, State Historical Society of Missouri), 1924-1930
14 Saint George's Episcopal Church, 1923-1955
15 Society of American Archaeology, 1947-1955
16 Sons of the American Revolution, 1928-1954
17 State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1905-1929
18 State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1930-1939
19 State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1940-1949
20 State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1950-1955
21 State Historical Society of North Dakota - American Art Week, 1950
22 State Historical Society of North Dakota - Pioneer Daughters, 1937-1951
23 State Historical Society of North Dakota - State Parks Committee, 1923-1955
24 Tax Study Commission, 1924
25 Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association, 1951-1955
26 Tri-State Corn Growers, 1923-1924
27 U miscellaneous organizations (United Commercial Traveler's Club (Bismarck), United States Civil Defense Council, United States Indian Service), 1907-1954
28 Upper Missouri Valley Section - Society of American Foresters, 1947-1955
29 W miscellaneous organizations (Western Grass Breeders, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Works Progress Administration), 1936-1953

Box 12:
Design for memorial to Burleigh County Pioneers by Clell G. Gannon, 1938
Design for plaque for Burleigh County Pioneers by Clell G. Gannon, 1938

Series III.             Research files

Series III. Subseries I.     Manuscripts and Publications

Box 13:
1 Books, articles and reviews for George F. Will Sr., ca. 1907-1955
2 "Botanical notes of native North Dakota plants" by Melvin R. Gilmore, n.d.
3 "Cacti in the Northern Plains" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
4 "Cavalier plants" by an unknown author, n.d.
5 "Conservation of native wildlife, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
6 "Great Plains Indian agriculture and plant utilization" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
7 "Notes on Mrs. Gilman's talk on home gardens" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
8 "Horticultural Surprises" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
9 "Pioneer settlement and plants of the Northern Plains" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
10 "Serving the Agriculture of North Dakota" by H. L. Walster, n.d.
11 "Drouth Resistant Shrubs and Plants" by George F. Will Sr., 1930
12 "Wheat varieties, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
13 "Wild Flowers of the Prairies, " by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
14 Bibliography of corn articles and excerpts from corn related publications, 1906-1928
15 "Corn and Power Farming" by an unknown author, n.d.
16 "Corn culture of the Indians" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
17 Corn for the Northwest, Chapters 1-7, by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1930
18 Corn for the Northwest, Chapters 8-15, by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1930
19 Corn for the Northwest, Chapters 16-24, by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1930
20 "Corn growing, " speech by Gordon McLaren (Secretary of Southwestern Manitoba Corn Growers Association), n.d.
21 "Corn on the Higher Plains of the Northwest" by an unknown author, n.d.
22 "Corn production in North Dakota, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
23 "First North Dakota Corn Show" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
24 "Flint and Flour Strains of Corn" by George F. Will Sr. (partial), n.d.
25 "History of agriculture" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
26 "History of Corn" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
27 "History of corn growing in North Dakota, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
28 "History of maize" by an unknown author, n.d.
29 "History of parks and gardens, " speech by George F. Will Sr. (before Lions Club), n.d.
30 "Low crop yields" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
31 "Northwestern Dent Corn Earliest Dent Corn on Earth" by an unknown author, n.d.
32 "The Origin of Indian Corn in North America" by an unknown author, n.d.
33 "Weather and seed corn prospects" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1928
34 Pages from Oscar Will's reminiscence about Will's Dakota Corn, n.d.
35 Miscellaneous notes and manuscript pages about corn by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
36 "The Use of Dendro Chronology to date Archaeological sites" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1940

Box 14:
1 "Badlands Cedar tree" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
2 "Burr Oak trees" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
3 "Diamond Willow" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
4 "Evergreen trees and Native American traditions" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
5 "Tree Rings and Weather in North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
6 "Tree rings" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
7 "Tree Ring Studies in North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1946
8 "Almost History, an account of the Sibley Expedition" by Chaplain Rev. Dr. S. R. Riggs, n.d.
9 "The Story of North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
10 "The Geology of North Dakota: A Classified Bibliography" compiled by H. L. Walster, ca. 1930
11 "Dennis Hannifin: Squatter Governor of Dakota, " article from McLean County Mail of Washburn, 1887
12 "A Canadian A World Citizen, " an address at Manitoba Sanatorium by David A. Stewart, 1935
13 Correspondence regarding George F. Will Sr.'s deTrobriand (Army Life in Dakota) translation manuscript, Reviews, 1942
14 Correspondence regarding George F. Will Sr.'s deTrobriand (Army Life in Dakota) translation manuscript, Marketing, 1936-1940
15 Correspondence regarding George F. Will Sr.'s deTrobriand (Army Life in Dakota) translation manuscript, deTrobriand Family, 1928-1950
16 Correspondence regarding George F. Will Sr.'s deTrobriand (Army Life in Dakota) translation manuscript, The Lakeside Press, 1940-1941
17 Correspondence regarding George F. Will Sr.'s deTrobriand (Army Life in Dakota) translation manuscript, Harvard University Press, 1937-1940
18 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten), ca. 1940
19 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1940
20 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1940
21 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1940
22 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1940
23 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1940
24 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (typed), ca. 1940-1941
25 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (typed continued), ca. 1940-1941
26 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (typed continued), ca. 1940-1941
27 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (typed continued), ca. 1940-1941
28 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (typed continued), ca. 1940-1941
29 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (proof sheets), ca. 1941
30 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (proof sheets continued), ca. 1941

Box 15:
1 Army Life in Dakota, deTrobriand's journal translated by George F. Will Sr. (typed and bound), ca. 1941
2 "Fort Rice" by an unknown author, ca. 1913
3 "Historical Overview of Eastern Corson County, S.D. from Grand River north to North Dakota line, " by George F. Will Jr., 1986
4 "An Historical Overview of Portions of Blaine, Phillips and Valley Counties, Montana, " by George F. Will Jr., Walter Bailey, and Kurt P. Schweigert, 1982
5 "Historical Overview of Hebron, N.D." by George F. Will Jr., 1983
6 "Historical Overview of Mercer County" by George F. Will Jr., 1982
7 "Legend of Painted Woods" by Joe Taylor, n.d.
8 "Little Missouri River trip, " by George F. Will Sr., 1925
9 "Support of a plant zoning plan for North Dakota, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
10 "Mons de la Verendrye" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1924
11 "Pioneers of the Northwest, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
12 Le Marquis de Mores, 1858-1896: avec 7 graveures et une carte hors by Charles Droulers, translated by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1933-1955
13 Le Marquis de Mores, 1858-1896: avec 7 graveures et une carte hors by Charles Droulers, translated by George F. Will Sr. (continued), ca. 1933-1955
14 Le Marquis de Mores, 1858-1896: avec 7 graveures et une carte hors by Charles Droulers, translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten), ca. 1933-1955
15 Le Marquis de Mores, 1858-1896: avec 7 graveures et une carte hors by Charles Droulers, translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1933-1955
16 Le Marquis de Mores, 1858-1896: avec 7 graveures et une carte hors by Charles Droulers, translated by George F. Will Sr. (handwritten continued), ca. 1933-1955
17 "Madame Medora von Hoffman de Vallombrosa, Marquise de Mores" by George F. Will Jr., ca. 2003
18 "North Dakota Artists and Craftsmen, " compiled by Marion Jordan Piper, 1952
19 "The Route Traveled by Verendrye in North Dakota" by Walter D. Powell, n.d.
20 "Trip through South Dakota," edited by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
21 "Sir John Richardson: Surgeon, Physician, Sailor, Explorer, Naturalist, Scholar" by D. A. Stewart, 1929
22 "Early Settlers and Settlements" speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
23 "My Pioneer Story" by Mrs. Ward, n.d.
24 "Mr. Lincoln's Wife" by Anne Calner, n.d.
25 "Vigilant raids on upper Missouri River" by Otis A. Tye, n.d.
26 "A Trip from Bismarck, N.D. to the Gold Mines in the Black Hills" by Henry Ward, n.d.
27 "Kensington Runestone" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1940
28 Excerpt from letter to Florence Ward from Oscar War while he was in the Black Hills edited by H. R. Loomis, 1876
29 "Early history of Bismarck" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1930s
30 "The Bad Lands and the Indians" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
31 "Advocating for history," speech by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1940-1955
32 "Recollections of William Moore School" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
33 "The Saga of Pecos Bill" by Edward O'Reilly, n.d.
34 "The Value of Historical Societies in the Plain States" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
35 "Bismarck High School Past and Present, " speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
36 "Early Bismarck" speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
37 "The Woodcraft League, Indian Expedition of 1927" by George F. Will Jr., ca. 2003
38 "National Importance of Recreation, " speech by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1936
39 "Four Cowboy Songs" by George Francis Will Sr., 1913
40 "Some New Missouri River Valley Sites in North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., 1910
41 "The Cheyenne Indians in North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., 1914
42 "A Reply to Bell's Review" by George F. Will Sr., 1949
43 "A New Feature in the Archeology of the Missouri Valley in North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., 1911
44 "No-Tongue, A Mandan Tale" by George F. Will Sr., 1913
45 Notes and Queries by George F. Will Sr., 1916

Box 16:
1 "An Unusual Group of Mounds in North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., 1921
2 "Anthropology and ethnology of Native Americans" speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
3 "Indian tribes who have made their homes in the Northern Great Plains" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
4 "Archaeology and the Indians" speech by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1929-1955
5 "Archaeology of the Missouri Valley" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1924
6 "Archaeology of the Missouri Valley Village Sites" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
7 "Behind the Nightlight: Hibertoo and Other Animals, Invented by Joan Maude, Recorded by Her Mother, " n.d.
8 Corn Among the Indians copyright certificate, 1917
9 Story about an unidentified tribe and a woman named Blackbird possibly transcribed by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
10 Segments from "The Bourgeois Village Site" by George F. Will Sr., 1910
11 Interview with Bull Neck conducted by A. B. Stout and Herbert C. Fish, n.d.
12 "Crazy Horse" by Isaac Bettelyoun, as told to Josephine Waggoner, ca. 1930s
13 "The Early Inhabitants of North Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1927-1955
14 "Indian Magic" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
15 "Indian Vegetables" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
16 "The Pidushkani or Naming Ceremony" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
17 "Report of Council held September 22, 1911 at Elbowoods (N.D.) between Indians of Fort Berthold Reservation and Assistant Commissioner F.H. Abbot and Congressman L.B. Hanna, " 1911
18 "Old Indian Villages" speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
19 "Indian Traditions" speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
20 "Indian Tribes from the Northern Great Plains" by George F. Will Sr. (with notes), n.d.
21 Excerpts from the journal of Jean Baptiste Trudeau "Among the Arikara Indians in 1795," n.d.
22 "North Dakota Archaeology" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
23 "North Dakota Earth Mounds" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
24 Notes, short stories and biographies transcribed or written by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
25 "Some Observations Made in the Northwestern Part of South Dakota" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
26 "Portraits of Indian Types" by George Bird Grinnell, 1905
27 "The Sacred Bundles" by an unknown author, n.d.
28 "Sakakawea (Bird-Woman) Heroine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" by Walter D. Powell, 1942
29 "Biographical Sketch of Sakakawea" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1939-1941
30 "Story of Scorched Arrow as told by Holding Eagle, " 1910
31 "Seeks His Prey Trials" transcribed by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
32 "The Death of Sitting Bull: A Reminiscence" by Matthew F. Steele, n.d.
33 "The Skunk and the Bear " transcribed by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
34 "Snake Dances, Eagle Dances, Corn Dances, Picturesque Ceremonials" by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1910
35 "Notes on Old Trading Posts on Assiniboine River near the Mouth of the Souris" possibly by Dana Wright, n.d.
36 "Village Sites - Notes from Lewis and Clark's Original Journals Compared with the Missouri River Commission Maps" by an unknown author, n.d.
37 "Arikara Ceremonials (The Sage Dance, Cedar Tree and Mother Corn) " by George F. Will, n.d.
38 "Arikara Medicine Bands and Jugglers" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
39 "Arikara Slight of Hand" manuscript by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
40 "A Few Tales, Hidatsa and Mandan as related by John Hunts Along, " n.d.
41 "Notes on Arikara Indians" by George F. Will Sr., 1934
42 "Genesis of Hidatsa and Story of Good Furred Robe" by Gilbert L. Wilson transcribed by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
43 Hidatsa from the Heart to the Little Missouri by Curtis, transcribed by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
44 "Additional Notes on the Mandan, or The Tribes of the Middle Missouri Region Known as the Sedentary Tribe" by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert Spinden, ca. 1908
45 "Alexander Henry at Mandan Villages" by George F. Will Sr., 1935
46 "The Building of a Mandan Earth Lodge" by George F. Will Sr. (includes drawing of the earth lodge of Mrs. Holding Eagle), n.d.
47 "Discovery of the Mandan Village by Verendrye in the Year 1738" by Walter D. Powell, 1942
48 "The First or Lower Mandan Village visited by Lewis and Clark in 1804" by Walter D. Powell, n.d.
49 "Mandan Farming Traditions" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
50 "Notes on the Mandan and the Arikara" by Edward S. Curtis, n.d.
51 Speech on Mandan Indian origins, n.d.
52 "Mandan Indians" by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
53 "The Mandan Indians and the Vikings" by Walter D. Powell, 1940
54 "The Mandan Language" speech by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
55 "Yellow Corn Maiden and the Mandans' First Crop" written or transcribed by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
56 "Sioux Indian Adoption Service [A. B. Welch] by an unknown author featuring Herbert C. Fish and several American Indians, " ca. 1913
57 The Mandans notes by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert J. Spinden, n.d.
58 The Mandans word lists and translation charts by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert J. Spinden, ca. 1904-1906
59 "The Mandans" by an unknown author (possibly George F. Will Sr.), n.d.
60 The Mandans typed manuscript by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert J. Spinden, ca. 1904-1906
61 The Mandans handwritten manuscript by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert J. Spinden, ca. 1904-1906
62 The Mandans handwritten manuscript by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert J. Spinden (continued), ca. 1904-1906
63 The Mandans, possibly notes for the publication by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
64 The Mandans: A Study of their Culture, Archaeology and Language by George F. Will Sr. and Herbert J. Spinden, 1906
65 "George Francis Will: Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Ethnologist, Naturalist, Nurseryman, Seedsman, Historian, A Biography by Harlow Leslie Walster," 1956
66 "Biography of Ernest Thompson Seton by an unknown author, " ca. 1950-1955

Series III. Subseries II.    Josephine Waggoner Manuscript

Box 17:
1 George F. Will Sr. correspondence with Josephine Waggoner and Daphne Quay, 1940-1948
2 University of Minnesota Press: Waggoner manuscript, 1946
3 University of Oklahoma Press: Waggoner manuscript, 1943-1946
4 George F. Will Jr. correspondence with Dan Diessner (see also box 9 folder 16), 1986
5 Waggoner manuscript and correspondence with George F. Will Sr. (photocopy, 1 of 4), ca. 1940
6 Waggoner manuscript (photocopy, 2 of 4), ca. 1940
7 Waggoner manuscript (photocopy, 3 of 4), ca. 1940
8 Waggoner manuscript (photocopy, 4 of 4), ca. 1940
9 Waggoner manuscripts, n.d.
10 "Canteteri or Goose" by Josephine Waggoner, n.d.
11 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript regarding Josephine Waggoner manuscript, 1940-1947

Series III. Subseries III.  Anthropology/Archaeology/Ethnobotany

Box 18:
1 Translations from Mandan, Hidatsa, and Dakota to English by George F. Will Sr., ca. 1933
2 Lists of Indian village sites generated by Ernst R. Steinbrueck, n.d.
3 Illustrations, n.d.
4 Note cards with research quotes from Henry, Maximilian, and Lewis and Clark, n.d.
5 Miscellaneous notes by George F. Will Sr., n.d.
6 Correspondence related to research on Indians of North America, ca. 1908-1913
7 Notes on corn by George F. Will Sr. and others, n.d.
8 Drawings, maps, and notes about archaeological digs, ca. 1906-1948
9 Mandan language word lists, ca. 1923
10 Notes on Mandan Indians, ca. 1904-1906
11 George F. Will Sr.'s notes on Mandan language and text, ca. 1904-1906
12 Notebook of George F. Will Sr.'s research on the Mandan, ca. 1904-1906
13 "Journal of the Mandan Investigation Along the Missouri River, above and below Bismarck, N.D." by George F. Will Sr., July - August 1905
14 Herbert J. Spinden's drawings of Native American artifact, ca. 1904-1906
15 Miscellaneous notes on agriculture, n.d.

Box 19:
1 P. E. Goddard's account of Arikara ceremonies in 1921 (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), August 1921
2 "Arikara Ceremonies, summary of August 1921 study at Fort Berthold" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1922
3 "Making Records of Ancient Rituals of the Arikara Tribe in North Dakota, summary of August 1921 study at Fort Berthold" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1922
4 "Arikara Agriculture" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
5 "Old Arikara Method of Butchering a Buffalo" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
6 "The Arikara Code of Eagle Feather Honor Badges" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
7 "Notes on Porcupine Quillwork, from Dawish (Mrs. Redtail) and others (Arikara)" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
8 "An Account of the Opening and Retying of the Sacred Bundle of the Arikara" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
9 "Announcements by Four-Rings and Bear-Belly about the Sacred Bundle" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
10 "Taming of Wild Animals by the Arikara as told by Melvin R. Gilmore by Whiteowl" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
11 "Valor Badge Awarded to a Woman in the Arikara Nation" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
12 "The Arikara Nation and The Arikara Country for publication" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1921-1930
13 "The Sacred Bundles" notes by George F. Will Sr., edited by Melvin R. Gilmore (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), August 1922
14 "Account of the Piraskani Ceremony of the Arikara" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1922-1930
15 "The Sage Dance of the Arikara" manuscript by Melvin R. Gilmore, notes by George F. Will Sr. and H. B. Alexander (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), 1923-1924
16 "Notes from Information on Ceremonies of Mother Corn as told to Melvin R. Gilmore by Patrick Star and translated by Albert Simpson" (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), 1924
17 "Arikara Origin Myth as told to Melvin R. Gilmore by Four-Rings" (Armstrong, N.D.) (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), August 1924
18 "July 1924 trip to Fort Berthold" (Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation) (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1924
19 "Information on the Divine Gift of Corn to the Arikara… as told to Melvin R. Gilmore by Four-Rings (Armstrong, N.D.) " (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), July 1925
20 Uses of Cat-tail by Arikara Indians (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), 1927
21 Capturing Eaglets in the Aerie (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1930-1955
22 Religious Teaching and Training of Arikara Children (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1930-1955
23 Harvest Home Ceremony of the Arikara, Nishu (N.D.) (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), 1905
24 Some Aboriginal Uses of Plants by the Arikara Indians (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1930
25 Notes on Arikara Tribal Organization (Melvin R. Gilmore Anthropological Research), ca. 1930-1955

Box 20:
1 Exploration of Mandan mounds field notes, ca. 1906
2 Missouri River trip field notes, August-September 1910
3 Seton Trip field notes, July 1927
4 Miscellaneous field notes, n.d.

Box 21:
1 Subject file: dogs, Iowa, Kiowa, horses, trails, Cheyenne, and Verendrye (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917
2 Subject file: Blackfeet, Métis, Hidatsa, Arikara, horses, Hudson Bay (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917
3 Subject file: Mandan, Assiniboine, Verendrye, Sioux (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917
4 Subject file: Arikara, Sioux, Pawnee, Cheyenne (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917
5 Subject file: Indian tribes of the Upper Missouri, Sioux, Métis (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917
6 Subject file: Cheyenne village sites (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917
7 Subject file: Miscellaneous unfiled (possibly in collaboration with George Hyde), ca. 1913-1917

Series III. Subseries IV.  Botany

Box 22:
1 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-April 1943
2 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., May 1943
3 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-March 1944
4 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., April-May 1944
5 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-February 1945
6 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-February 1946
7 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., March-May 1946
8 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-February 1947
9 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., March-May 1947
10 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-February 1948
11 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., March-May 1948
12 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-May 1949
13 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-May 1950
14 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-May 1951
15 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-May 1952
16 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-June 1953
17 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., January-May 1955
18 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., ca. 1924-1951
19 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., April-May (year unknown)
20 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., n.d.
21 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., n.d.
22 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr., n.d.

Box 23:
1 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr.'s notes, n.d.
2 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr.'s notes, n.d.
3 Radio talks: George F. Will Sr.'s notes, n.d.
4 Radio talks: George F. Will Jr., Oscar Henry Will II, Dick Alger and Ken Weinbauer, December 1955-May 1956
5 Radio talks: George F. Will Jr., Oscar Henry Will II, Dick Alger and Ken Weinbauer, January-May 1957
6 Radio talks: George F. Will Jr., Oscar Henry Will II, Dick Alger and Ken Weinbauer, January-May 1958

Series III. Subseries V.   Dendrology

Box 24:
1 Correspondence about dendrology relating to George F. Will Sr.'s research, 1940-1945
2 Publications on dendrology used for George F. Will Sr.'s research, 1923-1950
3 Tree ring readings by site, A-G, ca. 1940s
4 Tree ring readings by site, H-R, ca. 1940s
5 Tree ring readings by site, S-W, ca. 1940s
6 Tree ring readings by site, S.D., ca. 1940s

Box 25:
1 Tree ring readings, site comparison, ca. 1940s
2 Tree ring readings, miscellaneous, ca. 1940s
3 Tree ring readings, site unknown, ca. 1940s

Box 26:                 Tree ring readings, miscellaneous oversize, ca. 1940s

Map drawer       Drawings: 10190-D0001 - 10190-D0031, ca. 1950
Map drawer       Drawings: 10190-D0032 - 10190-D0063, ca. 1950

Series III. Subseries VI.  History

Box 27:
1 History of Bismarck (N.D.) research, reminiscences, manuscripts, notes by George F. Will and others, ca. 1920s-1930s
2 History of Bismarck (N.D.) research, reminiscences, manuscripts, notes by George F. Will and others, ca. 1920s-1930s
3 Committee for The History of Bismarck: The First 100 Years, 1970s
4 Committee for The History of Bismarck: The First 100 Years notes, 1970s
5 Committee for The History of Bismarck: The First 100 Years notes, 1970s
6 Cowboy songs, notes and reminiscences of E. R. Steinbrueck and O. A. Tye, ca. 1910-1920s
7 Typescripts of segments of O. G. Libby's notes, 1904-1909
8 Account ledger from Fred Wiegman General Store, New Salem (N.D.), 1883-1892

Box 28:
1 Subject file: arts, 1884-1943
2 Subject file: Bismarck (N.D.) history, 1882-ca. 1920
3 Subject file: Bismarck (N.D.) politics, ca. 1890-1930
4 Subject file: history of the Northern Great Plains, 1925
5 Subject file: military, 1884-1908
6 Subject file: North Dakota history, 1913-1958
7 Subject file: North Dakota politics, ca. 1910-1940
8 Subject file: North Dakota State Agencies, ca. 1920-1935
9 Subject file: sports, 1931
10 Subject file: transportation, 1881-1937

Series IV.             Business Records

Box 29:
1 Records: Company history, n.d.
2 Records: Founding documents, 1915-1960
3 Records: Minutes and agenda, 1920-1939
4 Records: Minutes and agendas, 1940-1954
5 Records: Minutes and agendas, 1955-1960
6 Records: Minutes and agendas, 1961-1978
7 Records: Correspondence, 1906-1907
8 Records: Correspondence, 1912-1955
9 Records: Correspondence, 1956-1984
10 Records: Crop lists and dealers/contracts, ca. 1950-1970
11 Records: Legal documents, 1884-1930
12 Records: Liquidation, 1952-1978
13 Records: Order sheets (A-D), 1899
14 Records: Order sheets (F-K), 1899
15 Records: Order sheets (L-P), 1899
16 Records: Order sheets (R-Z), 1899
17 Records: Financial material, ca. 1919-1960
18 Records: Advertisements, ca. 1880-1974
19 Records: Printed material, ca. 1880-1974

Box 30:
1 Seed catalog cover mark-ups, n.d.
2 Seed catalogs: 1882-1889
3 Seed catalogs: 1900-1909

Box 31:
1 Seed catalogs: 1910-1913
2 Seed catalogs: 1914-1919
3 Seed catalogs: 1920-1923

Box 32:
1 Seed catalogs: 1924-1929
2 Seed catalogs: 1930-1933
3 Seed catalogs: 1934-1937

Box 33:
1 Seed catalogs: 1938-1941
2 Seed catalogs: 1942-1945
3 Seed catalogs: 1946-1949

Box 34:
1 Seed catalogs: 1950-1953
2 Seed catalogs: 1954-1957

Box 35:
1 Seed catalogs: 1958-1963
2 Seed catalogs: 1964-1969

Series V.              Family papers

Series V. Subseries I.      George F. Will Sr. Diaries

Box 36:
1 George F. Will Sr. diaries, ca. 1902-1909
2 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1910-1915
3 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1916-1928
4 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1929-1931
5 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1932-1934
6 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1935-1937
7 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1938-1940
8 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1941-1943
9 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1944-1948
10 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1949-1952
11 George F. Will Sr. diaries, 1953-1955
12 George F. Will Sr. diaries, ca. 1904-1910

Box 37:
1 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1907-1910
2 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1911-1914
3 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, ca. 1915-1925
4 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1928-1929
5 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1931-1932
6 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1933-1935
7 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1936-1938
8 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1939-1941
9 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1942-1944
10 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1945-1948
11 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1949-1952
12 George F. Will Sr. diary transcript, 1953-1955

Series V. Subseries II.     George F. Will Sr. Autobiography

Box 38:
1 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, pages 1-141), n.d.
2 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, pages 142-284), n.d.
3 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, pages 285-413), n.d.
4 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, pages 414-587), n.d.
5 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, pages 588-731), n.d.
6 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, pages 732-824), n.d.
7 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (handwritten, miscellaneous), n.d.
8 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (typed, pages 1-158), n.d.
9 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (typed, pages 159-285), n.d.
10 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (typed, pages 286-end), n.d.
11 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (typed copy two, pages 1-158), n.d.
12 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (typed copy two, pages 159-285), n.d.
13 George F. Will Sr. autobiography (typed copy two, pages 286-end), n.d.

Series V. Subseries III.   Education

Box 39:
1 George F. Will Sr. Bismarck Public Schools, Fayetteville Union School and Bismarck High School, 1894-1903
2 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous Harvard University grades, etc., ca. 1904-1906
3 George F. Will Sr. Papers on the Mandans written while at Harvard University, ca. 1905
4 George F. Will Sr. Papers and short stories while at Harvard University, ca. 1904-1906
5 George F. Will Sr. Anthropology notebook, February-June 1905
6 George F. Will Sr. Anthropology notebook, February-April 1905
7 George F. Will Sr. Anthropology notebook, April-May 1905
8 George F. Will Sr. Class notes, ca. 1905
9 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1904-1906
10 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1904-1906
11 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1904-1906
12 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1904-1906
13 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1904-1906

Box 40:
1 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1902-1906
2 George F. Will Sr. Miscellaneous class notes and papers, ca. 1902-1906
3 George F. Will Sr. The Anthropological Society of Harvard University, ca. 1905
4 George F. Will Sr. Peabody Museum of American Archaeology (Harvard University), 1906-1934
5 George F. Will Sr. Harvard Alumni Association, ca. 1924-1954
6 George F. Will Sr. Harvard Class of 1906, ca. 1916-1955
7 George F. Will Sr. Harvard Club of North Dakota, ca. 1907-1955
8 George F. Will Sr. Harvard Cooperative Society, 1916-1954
9 George F. Will Sr. Harvard Fund Council, 1915-1955
10 George F. Will Sr. Harvard Travelers Club, ca. 1906-1935
11 The Sunflower: A Survey of its Economic Uses, Past, Present and Future thesis by George F. Will Jr., 1949
12 George F. Will Jr. Publications on sunflowers for use in thesis, ca. 1949
13 George F. Will Jr. Notes on sunflowers for use in thesis, ca. 1949
14 George F. Will Jr. Correspondence on sunflowers for use in thesis, 1949

Box 41:
1 George F. Will Sr.'s Harvard University diploma, 1906
2 George F. Will Sr.'s Bismarck High School diploma, 1900

Series V. Subseries IV.   Family Papers

Box 40:
15 Will family genealogy, n.d.
16 Francis Will German papers, ca. 1832-1865
17 Oscar H. Will and Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will, n.d.
18 George F. Will Sr., ca. 1895
19 Invitations, ca. 1904-1955
20 "House on the Hill," April 1936-January 1939
21 Awards and certificates earned by George F. Will Sr., 1905-1957
22 Awards and certificates earned by George F. Will Sr., 1905-1957
23 Death and memorial service, condolences of George F. Will Sr., 1955

Box 42:
1 Margaret Will Exton, 1989
2 George F. Will Jr., 1926-n.d.
3 George F. Will Jr. World War II papers, ca. 1944-1955
4 Evelyn (Prostel) Will, n.d.
5 Sue (Will) Arman, 1935-1936
6 Clell Gannon, 1981

Series V. Subseries V.    Legal Documents

Box 43:
1 Mary Tuttle estate, 1916-1934
2 Lake Isabel property, 1924-1942
3 Elvira I. "Belle" Bird Will estate, ca. 1927
4 Guardianship of George F. Will Jr. and Margaret Will, 1927-1936
5 Elizabeth Campagna (George F. Will Sr. served as her attorney), 1929-1931
6 Guardianship of Leota Farrell, 1934-1946
7 George F. Will Sr. estate, ca. 1956
8 George F. Will Sr. estate, ca. 1956
9 George F. Will Sr. estate, ca. 1956
10 Elvira (Kangas) Will estate, 1961
11 Miscellaneous legal documents, 1921-1938

Series VI.             Publications

Box 44:
1 Agriculture, botany and corn publications, 1915-1955
2 Agricultural history publications, ca. 1925-1955
3 The Americal and The U.S.S. General Anderson News, 1945
4 American folklore publications, 1939
5 American Indians (publications by and about), ca. 1914-1945
6 A Pictorial History of the American Indian by Oliver La Farge, 1956
7 Anthropology publications, ca. 1926
8 American Anthropologist publications, 1926-1955
9 Archaeology publications, 1910-1951
10 Peabody Museum publications, 1949
11 Peabody Museum publications, 1951-1955
12 Dendrology publications, 1934
13 Ethnobotany publications, 1932
14 Geology and natural history publications, 1925-1934
15 Horticulture publications, 1936-1955
16 Linguistics publications, 1955
17 History publications, 1951-1963
18 North Dakota publications, ca. 1923-1939
19 North Dakota publications, 1941-1964
20 North Dakota Magazine, 1907-1909
21 Bismarck, North Dakota, history publications, 1907-1964

Box 45:
1 North Dakota history: publications about Custer, ca. 1949
2 North Dakota history: publications about Lewis and Clark, ca. 1927-1934
3 North Dakota history: publications about Theodore Roosevelt (and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park), ca. 1940s-1959
4 Plains Talk and State Historical Society of North Dakota publications, 1937-1977
5 Trails and Smoke Signals, North Dakota Historical Society, Inc., 1970-1976
6 North Dakota Outdoors magazine, 1946-1949
7 North Dakota state parks publications, 1932-1950
8 Philosophy publications, n.d.
9 South Dakota publications: The Wi-iyohi and University of South Dakota Museum News, 1947-1955
10 The Westerners Brand Book, 1949-1951

Phase box           Original Photographs Taken on the Battlefields During the Civil War of the United States by Edward B. Eaton (phase box), 1907

Series VII.            Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings

Series VII. Subseries I.   Newspaper Clippings

Box 46:
1 Newspaper clippings: Oscar H. Will Seed Company/Will's Inc., circa 1900s-2000s
2 Newspaper clippings: Oscar H. Will, circa 1900s-2000s
3 Newspaper clippings: George F. Will Sr., circa 1900s-2000s
4 Newspaper clippings: George F. Will Jr.,             circa 1900s-2000s
5 Newspaper clippings: Oscar H. Will II, circa 1900s-2000s
6 Newspaper clippings: Bismarck pioneers and residents, circa 1900s-2000s
7 Newspaper clippings: Bismarck Mandan news and history, circa 1900s-2000s
8 Newspaper clippings: "Way Back When," Bismarck Tribune column, circa 1900s-2000s
9 Newspaper clippings: North Dakota and upper plains history, circa 1900s-2000s
10 Newspaper clippings: American Indians, circa 1900s-2000s
11 Newspaper clippings: Corn, circa 1900s-2000s
12 Newspaper clippings: Dendrology, circa 1900s-2000s
13 Newspaper clippings: State Historical Society of North Dakota, circa 1900s-2000s

Series VII. Subseries II.  Scrapbooks

47 George F. Will Sr. Spanish American War scrapbook, 1898
48 Oscar H. Will Memorial scrapbook, 1917
49 George F. Will Sr. Mandan Indian exploration scrapbook, 1905-1908
50 George F. Will Sr. Harvard University scrapbook, 1906-1909

Series VIII.          Maps and Drawings

Map drawer       Maps and drawings, ca. 1888-1951:

- Maps of the Missouri River, published by the Missouri River Commission
- Map of trunk highway system, State of North Dakota, prepared by the North Dakota State Highway Commission
- Map of lands designated by the Secretary of the Interior under the provisions of the Enlarged Homestead Acts
- North Dakota for 1910 and 1918 maps, Northern Real Property Company, Jamestown (N.D.)
- 75th Anniversary map, Fort Berthold Indian Mission, 1876-1951
- Map showing route travelled by the Indian Expedition which left Fort Ridgeley June 6, 1864, traced from drawing by State Engineer's Office, by J. W. Bliss
- Maps of the Sioux Expedition under the command of Sibley, compiled and projected by John H. Wagner, traced by Mary Brennan
- Maps of the Missouri River from Fort Benton, Mont. To Sioux City, Ia.
- Drawing of four men playing poker, artist unknown
- Hand-drawing of the Bismarck-Mandan area, including military reservations, town sites, and some topographical information (includes Burleigh City), possibly drawn by George F. Will Sr.
- Indians of North America illustrated poster
Why Grow Corn? Poster by the Department of Agriculture, Regina, and the College of Agriculture, Saskatoon
- Capital Boot and Shoe Store advertisement, 3rd Street near Main, Bismarck, Dakota, W. Braithwaite, Manager
- Official Map of Dakota Territory in 1862 (copy)
- Partial map of western North Dakota counties by the Dickinson Press
- Map of South Dakota with notes taken by George F. Will Sr. from expedition along Missouri River

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