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A Summary of State History and A Chronology of Events from 9500 BC to AD 1988



Digital HorizonsAn online collection of photographs, letters, diaries, maps, newspapers, moving images, and audio files, from the collections of North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Prairie Public, and the SHSND powered by the software, CONTENTdm.


The State Archives is responsible for the documentary collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It is the official state archives, and acquires and preserves all types of research materials, including manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, and photographs.


00389 - Beaded ShoesThe State Historical Society of North Dakota collects and preserves artifacts chronicling North Dakota’s history.

The collections of the Society are available for research. People frequently return to view items donated by family members. To research or view items, please request an appointment. Public Questions form. Your request will be e-mailed directly to the museum staff. An appointment will be made for a mutually agreeable date and time. You will receive a response within 30 days.


SHSND podcast logoWelcome to the State Historical Society's of North Dakota podcasts. Each month we will bring you a variety of audio and video podcasts that will bring to light the 57 historic sites in care of the SHSND, as well as exhibit tours and interviews with the professional staff of the SHSND.

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