SHSND Home > Archives > Archives Holdings > State Agencies > Historical Society > 30553
To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 701.328.2091 or

OCLC WorldCat Logo

SHSND Photobook - Digitized images from State Archives

Digital Horizons

2019-2021 Blue Book Cover

Federal Depository Library Program

Chronicling America

State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers Project, Place Name Survey - #30553

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, Place Name Survey Data

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30553

Quantity: 1.5 feet

Abstract: Series consists of drafts of the book on North Dakota place names, questionnaires, reports, and correspondence.

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 102:
1 Origin of Place Name notes, A-G
2 Origin of Place Name notes, H-Z
3 Instructions
4 Origin of State, County, Cities and Town Place Names
5 Place Names Corrections
6 Adams County
7 Barnes County
8 Benson County
9 Billings County
10 Bottineau County
11 Bowman County
12 Burke County
13 Burleigh County
14 Cass County
15 Cavalier County
16 Dickey County
17 Divide County
18 Dunn County
19 Eddy County
20 Emmons County
21 Foster County
22 Golden Valley County
23 Grand Forks County
24 Grant County
25 Griggs County
26 HettingerCounty
27 Kidder County
28 LaMoure County
29 Logan County
30 McHenry County
31 McIntosh County
32 McKenzie County
33 McLean County
34 Mercer County
35 Morton County
36 Mountrail County
37 Nelson County
38 Oliver County
39 Pembina County
40 Pierce County
41 Ramsey County
42 Ransom County

Box 103:
1 Renville County
2 Richland County
3 Rolette County
4 Sargent County
5 Sheridan County
6 Sioux County
7 Slope County
8 Stark County
9 Steele County
10 Stutsman County
11 Towner County
12 Traill County
13 Ward County
14 Wells County
15 Williams County

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
Get Directions

State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 701.328.2091 or
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

Contact Us:
phone: 701.328.2666

Social Media:
See all social media accounts