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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers' Project, County History Files - #30550

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, County History Files

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30550

Quantity: 2.5 feet

Abstract:  Series consists of brief essays concerning agriculture, military activities, folklore, religious groups, landmarks, natural resources, etc., arranged alphabetically by county.

Provenance: The North Dakota State Archives acquired these records series through the auspices of the Historical Data Project, Professional and Service Division, Work Projects Administration, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota, ca.1936-1940.

Copyright: Public records are not subject to copyright restrictions, although record series may contain copyrighted material. Consideration of such copyrights is the responsibility of the author and publisher.

Access: These records are available for public inspection under provision of the North Dakota Century Code, 55-02.1-08.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the record group, series name and number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.


The North Dakota Writers’ Project began in 1935 and was sponsored by the Division of Women’s and Professional Projects, Works Progress Administration, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Many of the publications planned by the North Dakota Writers’ Project were never published. Three notable exceptions are:

North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State, 1938
A History of Richland County and the City of Wahpeton, North Dakota, 1938 sponsored by the Wahpeton Park Committee
A History of Bismarck, 1938 sponsored by the Bismarck Association of Commerce

The North Dakota Writers’ Project gathered information for other proposed publications, including a history of grazing, a book on the origin of North Dakota place names, a folklore study, and a book entitled “America Eats.” Survey work of the North Dakota Writers’ Project ended in 1942.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 87:
14 Instructions
15 General History
16 Points of Interest in the Counties
17 Adams County History No. 1
18 Barnes County History No. 1
19 Benson County History No. 1
20 Benson County History No. 1
21 Billings County History No. 1
22 Bottineau County History No. 1
23 Bowman County History No. 1
24 Burke County History No. 1
25 Burleigh County History No. 1
26 Cass County History No. 1
27 Cavalier County History No. 1
28 Dickey County History No. 1
29 Divide County History No. 1
30 Dunn County History No. 1
31 Eddy County History No. 1
32 Emmons County History No. 1
33 Foster County History No. 1
34 Golden Valley County History No. 1
35 Grand Forks County History No. 1
36 Grant County History No. 1
37 Griggs County History No. 1

Box 88:
1 Griggs County History No. 2
2 Griggs County History, Extracts from Commendations of the First Division, American Expeditionary Forces 1917-1919
3 Griggs County, Military Service Record
4 Griggs County History No. 3
5 Griggs County History No. 6, Commissioners Proceedings
6 Hettinger County History No. 1
7 Kidder County History
8 LaMoure County History
9 Logan County History
10 McHenry County History
11 McIntosh County History
12 McKenzie County History
13 McKenzie County History No. 2
14 McLean County History No. 1
15 Mercer County History
16 Morton County History
17 Mountrail County History
18 Nelson County History
19 Oliver County History
20 Pembina County History
21 Pembina County school work
22 Pembina County General History
23 Pierce County History No. 1
24 Ramsey County History No. 1
25 Ransom County History
26 Ransom County History No. 2
27 Renville County History No. 1
28 Richland County History
29 Rolette County History
30 Sargent County History
31 Sheridan County History

Box 89:
1 Sioux County History No. 1
2 Slope County History
3 Stark County History
4 Stark County History No. 2
5 Steele County History No. 1
6 Stutsman County History
7 Towner County History
8 Traill County History
9 Traill County History No. 2
10 Walsh County History No. 1
11 Ward County History
12 Wells County History
13 Williams County History

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