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Manuscripts by Subject - Family / Local History - #11144

Title: Thomas P. Newgard Research Papers

Dates: 1961-2005

Collection Number: 11144

Quantity: 5.5 feet (including oversized in map case drawer)

Abstract: Papers consist of Newgard’s research materials on which the book African Americans in North Dakota: Sources and Assessments: Personal Accounts and Background Information as Found in Newspapers, Land Records, Interviews and Miscellaneous Documents (Newgard, William C. Sherman and John Guerrero) is based. The research papers include correspondence, research files which are organized alphabetically by subject, location, and last name, miscellaneous research notes, manuscripts and school papers, publications and newspaper clippings, photographs and interviews on cassette tapes. The collection also includes one folder of research for Newgard’s forthcoming book on the ethnic makeup of North Dakota Churches.

Provenance: The papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Thomas P. Newgard on January 21, 2013. MSS 20634 (Thomas P. Newgard Papers) and Document 80111 (Kass Kounty Klan letter) were added to the collection in February 2013.

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 in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Collection notes: Dates in this document refer to the dates that the information was compiled or collected, not the dates of the source material.

Related Publications:
Knox Area History, Fargo, ND: Knight Printing, 1977
The Elling Asleson Family History: Sekshus, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway, Moorhead, MN: T. Newgard, 1993.
(Taken from text on dust jacket)

“…Pioneer African-Americans came to North Dakota in many ways: as fur traders, steamboat workers, cattlemen, railroad workers, harvest crews, homesteaders, baseball players and working men and women...This volume discusses those individuals who were historically ‘newsworthy’ as well as the less spectacular people who came and went in every moment of North Dakota history: the ‘wood hawks’ who cut timber along the Missouri, the roustabouts on the steamers, the cowboys, the women who served as servants in the homes of the early day gentry and the soldiers posted to the black regiments on the frontier.

Presented here is information about over one hundred African American individuals and families who homesteaded, farmed and ranched during North Dakota settlement times. As much detail as possible has been gathered concerning the relatively large number of African-Americans who were part of early village life, running small cafes, barber shops and the like…

This volume presents a chronicle of the African American men and women who lived in a permanent, or semi-permanent way, in Dakota from the earliest days till the mid-20th century.
The appendix provides extensive press reports…[and] contains a complete list of names and details concerning every African American resident as found in the census manuscripts from Dakota Territorial days until 1920. This later portion of the book should be of interest to scholars and genealogists…”


Box 1:
1 Research for forthcoming book on North Dakota churches, n.d.

2 Correspondence, 1974-2005
3 Correspondence and miscellaneous with Father Sherman, 1987-1999
4 Correspondence and materials from Mrs. Albert Wenzel, 1974-1977   
5 Correspondence and materials from Fannie Pendroy Peters, 1974-1978
6 Correspondence and materials from Mrs. John E. Scholz, 1975
7 Correspondence and sources from miscellaneous archives, repositories, institutions, counties, etc., 1974-1990

Research Files – By Subject, A-Z
8 1880 Census research sheets, n.d.
9 Barbers, ca. 1970s-1990s
10 Churches, ca. 1970s-1990s
11 Crimes, rural area, ca. 1970s-1990s
12 Discrimination, ca. 1970s-1990s
13 Doormen, ca. 1970s-1990s
14 Education, ca. 1970s-1990s
15 Hangings, ca. 1970s-1990s
16 Kass Kounty Klan correspondence, February 27, 1926
17 Murder, rural, ca. 1970s-1990s
18 Murder, urban, ca. 1970s-1990s
19 Railroads, ca. 1970s-1990s
20 Simpson’s Place (Minot, ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
21 Sports, ca. 1970s-1990s
22 Steamboats, ca. 1970s-1990s
23 Suicide, ca. 1970s-1990s
24 Working class, ca. 1970s-1990s

Research Files – By Location, A-Z
25 Alexander (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
26 Devils Lake (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
27 Fargo (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
28 Fort Buford (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
29 Grand Forks (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
30 Larimore (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
31 Minot (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
32 Red River Valley (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
33 Steele (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s
34 Williston (ND), ca. 1970s-1990s

Research Files – By Last name, A-Z
35 Beckwith, James, ca. 1970s-1990s
36 Blue, Billie, ca. 1970s-1990s
37 Brazo, John, ca. 1970s-1990s
38 Brown, Lawrence, ca. 1970s-1990s
39 Bryant (and Evan) family, ca. 1970s-1990s
40 Cody, Bob, ca. 1970s-1990s
41 Comer family, ca. 1970s-1990s
42 Crump, George, ca. 1970s-1990s
43 Edwards family, ca. 1970s-1990s
44 Green, Frederick E., ca. 1970s-1990s
45 Gregory, Pete, ca. 1970s-1990s
46 Hotcher, Frank, ca. 1970s-1990s
47 Maxie, Charles, ca. 1970s-1990s
48 Norwood, John, ca. 1970s-1990s
49  Pincott, George, ca. 1970s-1990s

Box 2:
1 Sallee, William and John, ca. 1970s-1990s
2 Taylor, Frank, ca. 1970s-1990s
3 Thompson, Era Bell, ca. 1970s-1990s
4 Tyler, John, ca. 1970s-1990s
5 Wanzley, Phillip, ca. 1970s-1990s
6 York (Lewis & Clark), ca. 1970s-1990s
(loose)  Edited draft of African Americans in North Dakota, August 1993

Research Notes
7 Biographical Information or reminiscences about people
8 Stories about African Americans
9 Sources, names to research, lists, literature reviews
10 Pages/sources of images used in book
11 Maps of African American homesteaders
12 Miscellaneous notes
13 Miscellaneous notes

Manuscripts and Papers
14 “Negroes in North Dakota”
15 “Negroes in North Dakota before the Civil War”          
16 “Discrimination Against the Negro in North Dakota”
17 “Blacks,” by Newgard and William C. Sherman copied from an unidentified publication

Publications and Newspaper Clippings
18 America’s Black Towns and Settlements         
19 “The Black Man in ND, A Case Study: James W. Cole,” 1972
20 “Why Minot?” (photocopy), 1961
21 Miscellaneous published articles and newspaper clippings
22  Miscellaneous published articles and newspaper clippings
23  Miscellaneous published articles and newspaper clippings

24 Photographs and negatives used in African Americans in North Dakota or for background information to write the book
25 Photographs and negatives used in African Americans in North Dakota or for background information to write the book
26 Photographs and negatives used in African Americans in North Dakota or for background information to write the book
27 Photographs and negatives used in African Americans in North Dakota or for background information to write the book
(loose)  Photograph album

Audio-Visual Material
Box 3:    Cassette tapes:
1 Black Homesteaders
2 Oscar Oberg telling the story of Philip Wansley (illegible)
3 Unidentified
4 Bill Green, Niagara, Mose Saines – Lakota
5 Harvey Gilland, Fargo, side 1
6 Kindred (ND)
7 Rog. Olson, Willow City, 1988
8 Mose Whiteside, Bill Green, George Crump, George Pincott                  
9 Allen Murray Rhame, Lloyd Powell, Floyd Monson, Mrs. Monson, Hilda Putney
10 Chip Monson, Alexander
11 Jack Mayfield, Valley Memorial Home
12 Mrs. Harvey Halvorson, Wolford
13 Bill Lalee, Granville
14 Bill Lalee, Granville
15 Woodrow (Wally) Everhart, Fargo
16 Woodrow (Wally) Everhart, Fargo
17 Arnie Lindegren, Fargo, 1987
18 “Tom”

Oversized (Map case drawer)
Hand-drawn/traced maps of North Dakota with names of African Americans and locations. Maps document homesteaders, professionals, small business owners, sports, the years 1802-1880, crime, working-class (laborers, shoe shiners, farm hands, cooks, etc.) and barbers.

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