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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers Project, Points of Interest Files - #30557

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, Points of Interest Files

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30557

Quantity: .75 foot

Abstract: Series contains brief histories of ‘points of interest’ in each county, including local civic and fraternal organizations, public buildings, recreation areas, scenic views, historic sites, geologic formations, sod and stone houses, airports, cemeteries, schools, churches, dams, coal mines, prairie dog towns, lakes, parks, farms, and Indian Reservations. Includes manuscript drafts of the place name origins and points of interest, survey instructions, and maps.

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 107:
28 Instructions
29 General Points of Interest
30 Names of Points of Interest, North Dakota
31 Place Names, Geographical Points
32 Adams County
33 Barnes County
34 Benson County
35 Billings County
36 Bottineau County
37 Bowman County
38 Burleigh County
39 Burke County
40 Cavalier County
41 Dickey County
42 Divide County
43 Dunn County
44 Emmons County
45 Foster County
46 Golden Valley County
47 Grand Forks County
48 Grant County
49 Griggs County
50 Hettinger County
51 Kidder County
52 LaMoure County
53 Logan County
54 McHenry County
55 McIntosh County
56 McKenzie County
57 McLean County
58 Mercer County
59 Morton County
60 Mountrail County
61 Nelson County
62 Oliver County
63 Pembina County
64 Pierce County
65 Ramsey County
66 Ransom County
67 Renville County
68 Richland County
69 Rolette County
70 Sheridan County
71 Sioux County
72 Slope County
73 Stark County
74 Steele County
75 Stutsman County
76 Towner County
77 Traill County
78 Walsh County
79 Ward County
80 Williams County

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