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Manuscripts by Subject - Science / Nature - #11286

Title: Theodore K. Nace
Dates: 1974-2015

Collection Number: MSS  11286

Quantity: .75 ft.

Abstract: Consists of papers of Reverend Theodore K. Nace, member of the Land, Energy, Air and People (LEAP) committee (whose efforts led to the organization of the Dakota Resource Council in 1978), and founding member of the DRC. The papers include minutes, correspondence, by-laws, founding documents, annual meeting papers, news clippings, newsletters, and printed materials.

The Dakota Resource Council was formed in 1978 to protect North Dakota’s land, air, water, rural communities and agricultural economy. The DRC is currently working for preservation of family farms, enforcement of corporate farming laws, soil and water conservation, regulation of coal mining and oil and gas development, protection of groundwater and clean air, renewable energy, and sound management of solid and toxic wastes.

Provenance: The Theodore K. Nace papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Martha Johnson, Nace's daughter, on May 18, 2016. Additional papers were added to the collection by Johnson in July 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.

Transfer: Issues of the Dakota Counsel newsletter were offered to the State Archives Publications in May 2016.


Theodore Keifer Nace was born in 1925 in Akita, Japan, of missionary parents. The family returned to the United States in 1930 and for a period of time lived at the Orphans' Home in Greenville (Pa.) before moving west. Ted graduated from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, and joined the Navy. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania as a member of a V-12 unit earning a Bachelor of Sciences. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy. Upon leaving military service, he taught at Peekskill Military Academy, Shanghai American School, and the University of Beirut, and then enrolled in Yale Divinity School.  

Ted married Lovina Anne Kelley in 1950 and graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1952. It was in 1966, that he was called to be the pastor of the First Congregational Church - United Church of Christ, Dickinson, and later, in addition, the Presbyterian Church of Belfield. His career as a pastor spanned nearly 50 years in pulpits in California, North Dakota, New York, and the Mid-Atlantic area. He was ordained in both the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

During his years in Dickinson, Nace was also a part-time instructor at Dickinson State College, a commissioner of the Dickinson Housing Authority, an officer of the Southwest Area Council on Alcoholism, a member of the Board of Directors of the Badlands Human Service Center, and active in Dickinson's Rotary Club. He also served on the North Dakota State and Local Affairs Council and the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches; was a citizen participant in the Yellowstone Study and a delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Ted Nace was the chairperson of LEAP (Land, Energy, Air and People), the committee of community persons whose efforts led to the organization of the Dakota Resource Council in 1978. He was keenly interested in politics, social justice, and the issues of the Middle East.

Ted is survived by his four children—Martha Johnson of Annapolis, Julia Nace of Colorado Springs, Ted C. Nace of San Francisco, and Kelley Nace of Santa Fe—and eight grandchildren.

Biography prepared for the 25th Annual Meeting of the Dakota Resource Council August 2, 2002. MSS 11286.
Theodore Nace obituary. http://www.cappadonafh.com/obits/obituary.php?id=602803


Box 1:
1 Minutes (LEAP and DRC), 1977-1981
2 Correspondence, 1974-1978
3 Correspondence, 1979-1982
4 Correspondence, 2003-2015
5 By-laws and organizing documents (including LEAP), ca. 1975-1980
6 25th anniversary of the founding of the DRC, 2002
7 Annual meetings, 1987-2001
8 Future workshop material, 1989
9 News releases, 1977-1979

Box 2:
1 Newspaper clippings, ca. 1978-2002
2 Miscellaneous (notes, printed material), ca. 1977-1982
3 Miscellaneous (notes, printed material), ca. 1977-1982

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