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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers Project, Hard Wheat Study - #30558

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, Hard Wheat Study Files

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30558

Quantity: 1.5 feet

Abstract: Series consists of notes, correspondence, biographies and reminiscences of wheat farmers, and drafts of the hard wheat study.

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

Hard Wheat, a socio-ethnic study of the people who live in our state, tells the story of their migrations, Old World backgrounds, their problems and struggle to make a living in a new country, their experiences in the good and bad years, the part they have played in the building of the state, and their contributions to its culture. In this work, every nationality group in the state is being studied—Scandinavian, Irish, Icelandic, Syrian, English, Ukrainian, Russian, French, Greek, Bohemian, Dutch, Polish, Finnish, Canadian, German, and “Old American” groups.

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 110:
5 Hard Wheat Study
6 Index of "Hard Wheat" Manuscripts
7 Hard Wheat Bibliography
8 Hard Wheat Notes, Barnes County

Box 111:
1 Hard Wheat Notes, Burleigh County
2 Hard Wheat Notes, Cass County
3 Hard Wheat Biographies, Cass County
4 Manuscript for "Hard Wheat"
5 Instructions
6 Hard Wheat Notes, Richland County
7 Newspaper clippings; Correspondence

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