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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers' Project, Ethnic Group Files - #30559

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, Ethnic Group Files

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30559

Quantity: 2 feet/1 microfilm roll #16186

Abstract: Consists of biographical sketches and reminiscences of immigrants in North Dakota, histories of ethnic settlements, 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. 1936-1942.

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.

Transfer: Photographs that were filed with this series were transferred to the photograph collection. Publications were transferred to the library collection.


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. Survey work of the North Dakota Writers’ Project ended in 1942.

The Ethnic Group Files, Series 30559, were prepared to provide background information for the hard wheat study. The files consist of biographical sketches and reminiscences of immigrants in North Dakota, general information on ethnic groups, histories of ethnic settlements, bibliographies, newspaper clippings, survey instructions, and correspondence concerning collection of the data.

Alphabetical Name Index

Ethnicity Index

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 85:
1 Instructions    
2 General Information, Russian-Germans            
3 Socio-Ethnic speeches               
4 Working outline of other state Writers' Projects            
5 Outlines, Socio-Ethnic
6 General Ethnic Groups No. 1  
7 General Ethnic Groups No. 2  
8 McIntosh County Ethnic Groups; German-Russian, A-N             
9 Griggs County Ethnic Groups; Norwegian Biographies 
10 Americans    
11 Americans, No. 2       
12 Austrian        
13 Bohemians   
14 Canadian       
15 Danish            
16 Dutch             
17 English           
18 Filipino           
19 Finnish           
20 French           
21 Germans       
22 German-Russians, Benson County    
23 German-Russians, Cavalier County    
24 German-Russians, Emmons County  
25 German-Russians, Logan County        
26 German-Russians, McHenry County 
27 German-Russians, McIntosh County
28 German-Russians, McLean County    
29 German-Russians, Morton County    
30 German-Russians, Pierce County       
31 German-Russians, Stark County         
32 German-Russians, Ward County         
33 Greeks           
34 Hungarians   
35 Icelandic        
36 Indians           

Box 86:
1 Irish   
2 Jewish              
3 Lithuanians     
4 Luxembourg  
5 Norwegians   
6 Norwegian, Adams County     
7 Norwegian No. 1, Benson County        
8 Norwegian No. 2, Benson County        
9 Norwegian No. 3, Benson County        
10 Norwegian, Bottineau County             
11 Norwegian, Burke County     
12 Norwegian, Cavalier County 
13 Norwegian, Divide County    
14 Norwegian, Griggs County    
15 Norwegian, McHenry County              
16 Norwegian, McKenzie County             
17 Norwegian, McLean County 
18 Norwegian, Oliver County     
19 Norwegian, Pembina County               
20 Norwegian, Richland County
21 Norwegian, Sargent County 
22 Norwegian, Towner County 
23 Norwegian, Traill County        
24 Norwegian No. 1, Williams County     
25 Norwegian No. 2, Williams County     
26 Poland           
27 Russian          
28 Swedish        
29 Swedish        
30 Swiss              
31 Syrian             
32 Ukrainians    

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