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Manuscripts by Subject - Groups / Organizations - #11289

Title: Telephone Pioneers of America, Bismarck (N.D.) Council
Dates: ca. 1955-1994

Collection Number: MSS 11289

Quantity: 7 feet (including oversize in map case drawer)

Abstract: Consists of records of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Bismarck (N.D.) Council. Records primarily consist of scrapbooks and photo albums documenting activities each year. The collection also includes reminiscences and transcripts of interviews with early telephone operators in North Dakota, photographs and printed material.  The North Dakota council was formed July 11, 1931. The Bismarck Council was formed March 1, 1970 and merged with the C. P. Wainman Chapter #18, the Minnesota-North Dakota Council.

Provenance: The Telephone Pioneers of America, Bismarck (N.D.) Council records were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by John A. Kraft on July 5, 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.


The purpose of the Telephone Pioneers of America is to provide a means of friendly association for the longer service employees in the telephone industry, both active and retired, and to promote among them a continuing fellowship and spirit of mutual helpfulness, to exemplify and perpetuate those principles which have come to be regarded as the ideals and traditions of the industry and to participate in such undertakings as may be deemed to make for happiness, well-being and usefulness of the membership and for the progress of the association.

The North Dakota council of the Telephone Pioneers of America was formed July 11, 1931. The North Dakota Council was split into the Red River Valley Council and the Bismarck Council on March 1, 1970. The North Dakota councils subsequently merged with the C. P. Wainman Chapter #18 to form the Minnesota-North Dakota Council.


Box 1:
1 Reminiscences and interviews, 1976
2 Printed material, including publications, news clipping, and a 50th anniversary booklet, 1949-1982
3 Photographs:
11289-00001 Telephone exchange building, Pioneer mini park on North 5th Street, Bismarck (N.D.), ca. 1975
11289-00002 North side of the telephone exchange building, 220 North 5th Street, Bismarck (N.D.), ca. 1955
11289-00003 Northwestern Bell building looking southwest at intersection of North 5th Street and Thayer Avenue, 220 North 5th Street, Bismarck (N.D.), ca. 1955
11289-00004 Switchboard after cutover, Bismarck (N.D.), February 20, 1955
Scrapbook, 1964
Scrapbook, 1965
Scrapbook, 1966
Scrapbook, 1967
Scrapbook, 1968
Scrapbook, 1969
Scrapbook, 1970
Scrapbook, 1971
Scrapbook, 1972
Scrapbook, 1972

Box 2:
Scrapbook, 1973
Scrapbook, 1975
Scrapbook, 1976

Box 3:
1 Annual assembly scrapbook, 1980
Scrapbook, 1983
Scrapbook, 1984
2 Scrapbook, 1993
3 Scrapbook, 1994           

Scrapbook, 1982-1983
Scrapbook, 1984-1987
Scrapbook: Betty Jacobson, President, 1985-1986
Scrapbook, 1988-1989
Scrapbook, 1991-1992

Map case drawer:

Poster: "A Day in the Life," depicting the Public utility Commission being attach by utility companies, the governor's mansion and the capitol, drawn by David Clark, Natural Gas Supply Association, 1990, signed by Bruce Hagen, Public Service Commissioner

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