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Manuscripts by Subject - Groups / Organizations - #10408

Title: American Legion, Department of North Dakota
Dates:  1919-2008

Collection Number: MSS  10408

Quantity: .75 ft.

Abstract: Consists of convention programs and one digital scan of a portrait of attendees at the First Convention of the North Dakota Department of the American Legion, Bismarck (N.D.), 1919.

Provenance: The American Legion, Department of North Dakota records were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Vernon Useldinger on February 3, 1984. Material was added to the collection in 2007, 2008 and 2016.   

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

Copyrights: Copyrights to materials in 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 and an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.  Permission to use any radio or television broadcast portions of the collection must be sought from the creator.

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 in all footnote and bibliographic references.


"We are The American Legion, Department of North Dakota, chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion was founded as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. We are a community-service organization with about 16,500 members in North Dakota, in 215 local Posts. These Posts are organized into Regions and Districts. Each Region and District has officers who provide leadership in their respective areas. In addition to these officers, we elect or appoint a number of state-level officers and committee chairmen each year to conduct the programs of The American Legion.

The State Headquarters is located at 405 W. Main Ave., Suite 4A, West Fargo. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program roles in local communities, the State Headquarters has a regular staff of 4 employees.

Each year we conduct numerous programs of interest and benefit to veterans, their families, and communities. These programs include Boys State, American Legion Baseball, High School Oratorical Contests, Bowling Tournaments and Blood Donor Donations…just to name a few. Various scholarships are offered to youth through one of more of our programs. This is only a sampling of the many excellent programs of The American Legion. More information on each program will be available in our Programs area or through the National Headquarters site."
Source: "About Us." American Legion Department of North Dakota website.


Digital only      Photograph 10408-00001 First Convention, North Dakota Department of the
                        American Legion Bismarck 1919

Box 1:
1 Post Officer's conference programs, 1944-1976
2 Winter conference programs, 1974-2008
3 Conference programs, 1940s-1950s           

Box 2:
1 Conference programs, 1960s
2 Conference programs, 1970s
3 Conference programs, 1980s
4 Conference programs, 1990s
5 Conference programs, 2000-2003
6 Conference programs, 2004-2007

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