Books, Periodicals, and Maps in the collections are included in the Online Dakota Information Network catalog (ODIN). Catalog records for maps are being added to ODIN as possible, but access is currently through the reference staff. The Society catalog can be accessed on ODIN.
These collections attempt to cover all aspects of life and development in the area that is now North Dakota from the earliest times to the present. The focus is on the history of North Dakota, the northern Great Plains, natural history, exploration, fur trade, military, transportation, homesteading, agriculture, commerce, education, politics and social life. The federal serial set is one of the most extensive between the Mississippi River and the West Coast from the 1790s to the present. The map collection is one of the most extensive in the country showing the development of Dakota Territory and North Dakota from the early 1800s forward.
Books are described in the ODIN catalog. This collection attempts to cover all aspects of life and development in the area which is now North Dakota from the earliest times to the present. Approximately 110,000 items are accessioned and cataloged. Books are received through gift and purchase. State government publications are received through the State Document depository system and are cataloged into ODIN.
Federal published documents are received through the Federal Depository Library Program. Federal publications in the State Archives collection are listed through the ODIN catalog. The U.S. Serial Set Index provides access to that series of publications. The index is available in the Reading Room. The State Historical Society has been a selective federal depository library since 1907 and currently receives less than 2% of all federally published documents.
Periodicals holdings are cataloged in ODIN. This collection of more than 1,800 titles includes rare items published in the early days of the state and territory as well as later publications dealing with history, archaeology, and preservation.
City and business directories and gazeteers provide listings of individual residents and various businesses. Atlases and county plat books date from 1884 and show the ownership of land by township in the county.
Telephone directories are available for North Dakota communities going back as far as 1903 for Minot, although most are not before the 1930s. Some variations in years indicate books published by different phone companies, not duplicate issues. Some towns are located in more than one local or regional directory, but not all towns and cities are listed in all directories for a town or region.
Maps, both single items and series of maps not including the atlases mentioned above, are being systematically cataloged into ODIN.
Posters, broadsides, and architectural drawings are maintained in the collections. Finding aids are available for some of these collections. For example, the Society has an extensive collection of World War I posters - approximately 900 different posters collected during that period. The Archives has architectural drawings from three major architectural firms documenting much of the built environment for the first half of the 20th century: Van Horn-Ritterbush, Gilbert Horton, and Arnold Hanson.
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