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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers Project, Post Office, Ghost Towns - #30555

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, Old Post Offices and Ghost Towns Files

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30555

Quantity: 1.25 feet

Abstract: Series consists of questionnaires identifying old post offices and ghost towns in North Dakota, drafts of the book on place name origins of old post offices and ghost towns, 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 105:
14 Instructions
15 List of Post Offices
16 Place Names Manuscript, Old Post Offices and Ghost Towns
17 Place Names Manuscript, Old Post Offices and Ghost Towns
18 Place Names Manuscript, Old Post Offices and Ghost Towns
19 Instructions
20 Correspondence concerning miscellaneous place names
21 Railroad Sidings Questionnaires
22 Adams County
23 Place Names, B
24 Barnes County
25 Benson County
26 Billings County
27 Bottineau County
28 Bowman County
29 Burke County
30 Burleigh County
31 Place Names, C
32 Cass County
33 Cavalier County
34 Place Names, D
35 Dickey County
36 Divide County
37 Dunn County
38 Place Names, E
39 Eddy County
40 Emmons County
41 Place Names, F
42 Foster County
43 Place Names, G
44 Golden Valley County
45 Grand Forks County
46 Grant County
47 Griggs County
48 Place Names, H
49 Hettinger County
50 Place Names, K
51 Kidder County
52 Place Names, L
53 LaMoure County
54 Logan County
55 Place Names, Mc
56 McHenry County
57 McIntosh County
58 McKenzie County
59 McLean County

Box 106:
1 Place Names, M
2 Mercer County
3 Morton County
4 Mountrail County
5 Place Names, N
6 Nelson County
7 Place Names, O
8 Oliver County
9 Place Names, P
10 Pembina County
11 Pierce County
12 Place Names, R
13 Ramsey County
14 Ransom County
15 Renville County
16 Richland County
17 Rolette County
18 Place Names, S
19 Sargent County
20 Sheridan County
21 Sioux County
22 Slope County
23 Stark County
24 Steele County
25 Stutsman County
26 Place Names, T
27 Towner County
28 Traill County
29 Place Names, W
30 Walsh County
31 Ward County
32 Wells County
33 Williams County
34 Place Names, XYZ

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