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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

The North Dakota War History Commission was created in 1918 "to gather the story of North Dakota's service in the world war." The War History Commission consisted of the Governor and Adjutant General as ex-officio members, and Orin G. Libby as president, Melvin R. Gilmore as secretary, and Mrs. Charles F. Amidon.

The North Dakota War History Commission sought to preserve "written records of the Red Cross, Liberty Loan Committees and other war organizations, a complete roster of the country's service men and women, photographs of war workers, service men, war scenes abroad, etc., trophies and souvenirs from France, letters written from the front, posters, and buttons used in various drives, and newspaper files for the war period..." The Commission encouraged counties to set up "Memorial Rooms" to house World War One memorabilia for viewing by the public. Legislation in 1923 (S. L. 1923, Ch. 127) required deposit of "all records, documents, material and articles of historical nature and significance collected by the North Dakota War History Commission" with the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The work of the North Dakota War History Commission was discontinued after the 1925 legislative session.

SERIES

30504 Records, 1911-1925.

SOURCE

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

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