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State Agency Records - North Dakota Historical Records Survey, Local Government Records Survey - #30568

Title: State Historical Society. Historical Records Survey, Local Government Records Survey Files

Dates: ca. 1936-1942

Record Series: 30568

Quantity:  26 feet

Abstract:Series is arranged alphabetically by county and contains records survey forms, including ”The Volumes Form,” “The Volumes and Unbound Records Form,” and “The Printed Records Form.” The records survey forms provide record titles, volume, location, function, arrangement, and descriptions of contents. Some files include manuscript drafts of county guides, notes, maps, records inventories, and diagrams of records storage areas.

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 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


Box / Folder Inventory

Box 159:
Adams County-Barnes County

Box 160:
Barnes County-Benson County

Box 161:
Benson County-Bowman County

Box 162:
Bowman County-Burleigh County

Box 163:
Burleigh County-Cass County

Box 164:
Cass County-Divide County

Box 165:
Divide County-Dunn County

Box 166:
Eddy County

Box 167:
Emmons County-Foster County

Box 168:
Foster County-Grand Forks County

Box 169:
Grand Forks County-Griggs County

Box 170:
Griggs County-LaMoure County

Box 171:
LaMoure County-Logan County

Box 173                :
McHenry County-McLean County

Box 174:
McLean County-Mountrail County

Box 175:
Mountrail County-Ramsey County

Box 176:
Ramsey County

Box 177:
Ramsey County-Richland County

Box 178:
Richland County-Sargent County

Box 179:
Sheridan County-Steele County

Box 180:
Stutsman County

Box 181:
Towner County-Traill County

Box 182:
Walsh County-Ward County

Box 183:
Ward County-Wells County

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