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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers' Project, City History Files - #30551

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

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30551

Quantity:  1 foot

Abstract:  Series consists of brief histories  of North Dakota cities. The histories provide information concerning each city’s founders, dates of incorporation, location, population, altitude, natural resources, climate, churches, schools, organizations, post offices, points of interest, public buildings, recreation, and ethnic composition. Some files are arranged by county and others alphabetically by city.

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 104:
1 Emmons
2 Foster
3 Golden Valley
4 Grand Forks
5 Grant
6 Griggs
7 Hettinger
8 Kidder
9 LaMoure
10 Logan
11 Mc
12 McHenry
13 McIntosh
14 McKenzie
15 McLean
16 Mercer
17 Morton
18 Mountrail
19 Nelson
20 Oliver
21 Pembina
22 Pierce
23 Ramsey
24 Ransom
25 Renville
26 Richland
27 Rolette
28 Sargent
29 Sheridan
30 Sioux
31 Slope
32 Stark
33 Steele
34 Stutsman
35 Towner
36 Traill
37 Walsh
38 Walsh
39 Ward
40 Wells
41 Williams

Box 105:
1 L
2 M
3 N
4 O
5 P
6 R
7 S
8 T
9 U
10 V
11 W
12 Y
13 Z

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