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State Agency Records - North Dakota Historical Records Survey, State Survey Files - #30566

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Historical Records Survey. State Survey Files

ca. 1935-1942

Record Series:

2.5 feet

Series consists of records survey forms for the State of North Dakota (including ”The Volumes Form,” The Volumes and Unbound Records Form,” The Unbound Records Form,” and “The Printed Records Form”)  providing record titles, volume, location function, arrangement, and descriptions of contents. Many files contain notes, records inventories, and diagrams of records storage areas. This series contains records survey files for the following state agencies: Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Insurance Department, Board of Railroad Commissioners, Attorney General, Department of Agriculture and Labor, Board of Administration, Coal Mine Inspector, State Examiner, Fire Marshal, Game and Fish Department, Hail Insurance Department, Highway Department, Commissioner of Immigration, Board of University and School Lands, State Land Department, Workman’s Compensation, North Dakota Agricultural College, University of North Dakota, State School of Science, State Training School, State School for the Deaf, State Normal School, and Minot State Teachers’ College.

The North Dakota State Archives acquired these records series through the auspices of the Professional and Service Division, Work Projects Administration, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota, ca.1942.

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.

These records are available for public inspection under provision of the North Dakota Century Code, 55-02.1-08.

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 Historical Records Survey began in 1936 and was sponsored by the Division of Women’s and Professional Projects, Works Progress Administration, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The purpose of the survey was to “discover, preserve, and make accessible the basic materials on the history” of North Dakota. Records inventories were conducted for North Dakota counties, cities, townships, churches, social and fraternal organizations, newspapers, and the State of North Dakota. In addition the survey identified historical manuscripts, prepared transcripts of significant local government records, and assembled a listing of pre-1889 books, periodicals, and other printed materials available in North Dakota. Publications of the North Dakota Historical Records Survey include:

Inventory of the County Archives of Williams County, 1938
Abstract and Check List of Statutory Requirements for County Records, 1939
Bibliography of Theses Prepared at the University of North Dakota, 1940
Inventory of the County Archives of Golden Valley County, 1941
Inventory of the County Archives of Mercer County, 1941
Guise to Church Vital Statistics Records in North Dakota, 1942
Inventory of Federal Archives in the States No. 33, North Dakota, 1943

The Survey work of the North Dakota Historical Record Survey ended in 1942.

Box / Folder Inventory
Box 155:
Secretary of State
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Insurance Department
Board of Railroad Commissioners
Attorney General
Department of Agriculture and Labor
Board of Administration

Box 156:
Board of Administration
Coal Mine Inspector
 State Examiner
Fire Marshal
Game and Fish Department
Hail Insurance Department
Highway Department
Commissioner of Immigration
Board of University and School Lands
State Land Department
Workman’s Compensation
North Dakota Agricultural College
University of North Dakota

Box 157:
University of North Dakota
State School of Science
State Training School
State School for the Deaf
State Normal School
Minot State Teachers’ College

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