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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers Project, Place Name Survey - #30554

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

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30554

Quantity: 1.5 feet

Abstract:  Series consists of questionnaires on the origins of place names in North Dakota.

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.

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Box 103:
16 Adams County
17 Barnes County
18 Benson County
19 Billings County
20 Bottineau County
21 Bowman County
22 Burke County
23 Burleigh County
24 Cass County
25 Cass County
26 Cavalier County
27 Dickey County
28 Divide County
29 Dunn County
30 Eddy County

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

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