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The State Archives is the official repository for state and local government records in North Dakota determined to be of permanent research value. The Archives acquires, preserves, and makes available to the public documentary materials pertaining to North Dakota and the northern Great Plains. These materials include books, periodicals, maps, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, photographs, and newspapers. Subject areas include agriculture, transportation, commerce, education, military, native peoples, and immigration.


The State Archives Orin G. Libby Memorial Reading Room is open for research from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays. It is also open for research the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on legal holidays.

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We are open 8 a.m.-noon on Christmas Eve.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

Contact Us:
phone: 701.328.2666
email: history@nd.gov

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