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Collection #: 00075
Collection Title: Historical Data Project Photograph Collection
Collection Summary: Includes WPA buildings, road construction projects, images of drought, farming, irrigation projects, coal mining, 4-H activities, agriculture students in the National Youth Administration program, and North Dakota pioneers.
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Collection #: 10190
Collection Title: Will Family Papers
Collection Summary: The collection consists of the papers of Will family members, including Oscar Henry and Elvira Isabel "Belle" (Bird) Will, George Francis Will, Katherine (Sterrett) Will, Vera (Kangas) Will, Mabel (Will) Lumry, Margaret (Will) Exton, George Francis Will Jr., Elvira Susanna (Will) Arman, Oscar Henry Will II, and other descendants and relatives. Includes correspondence, organizational records, research files, manuscripts, business records of the Oscar H. Will Seed Company, family papers, publications, newspaper clippings, maps, drawings, photographs, and moving image. The primary creator of the collection was George F. Will Sr., and the bulk of the papers reflect Will's interest in North Dakota archaeology, dendrology, ethnobotany, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people, and the history of Bismarck (N.D.) and the Northern Plains. These interests are reflected in extensive correspondence, manuscripts, publications and research files. The collection also includes research and manuscripts by Josephine Waggoner and Melvin Gilmore, among many others.
Collection #: 10575
Collection Title: Zenith Air Photographs Records
Collection Summary: Includes aerial photographs, negatives, transparencies of North Dakota towns, schools, churches, elevators, and other businesses.
Collection #: 10737
Collection Title: Pembina Museum (Pembina, N.D.) Records
Collection Summary: Records of the Museum, records kept by the Museum for exhibit and preservation purposes, scrapbooks and photographs. Includes records of the Pembina Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Collection #: 10844
Collection Title: Pierce County Tribune Records
Collection Summary: The historical photograph collection was maintained by Frank Hornstein, editor and publisher of the Pierce County Tribune (1940-1981) and includes photographs submitted to the Tribune and published in daily and retrospective editions.
Collection #: 11140
Collection Title: Sanish Historical Association Records
Collection Summary: Records consist of a variety of materials created and collected by the Sanish Historical Association including records of the Sanish Study Club, Sanish Picnic Association, Sanish American Legion Post 252, the SOO Line Railroad at Sanish, maps of Sanish, material related to the Sanish Rodeo, ephemera, printed material, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and photographs.
Collection #: 1952
Collection Title: Frank Bennett Fiske
Collection Summary: Includes prints and negatives of portraits, agriculture, education, wildlife, hunting, Frank Fiske studio portraits, and some views of South Dakota. Fiske’s Native American photographs include portraits, Indian gatherings and ceremonies, boarding schools, Indian houses and dwellings, and Native American agriculture. Fiske’s documentation of daily life on the reservation includes such shots as Sioux customers waiting for a Fort Yates trading store to open; a Sioux dance in the streets of Fort Yates; a plow issue before the agency boarding school; an encampment of tipis, including those traditionally painted; and three Indian men being taxied off the reservation to join the army in WWI.
Collection #: 2012-P-006
Collection Title: Dr. William D. Odou
Collection Summary: Odou was a veterinarian in Hettinger (N.D.). His speed graflex took pictures of the Hettinger area from 1917 to the early 1930s. Collection includes images of animals, the Hettinger State Experiment station, residences and businesses, parades, swimming, Odou family activities, and community events. Photographs were primarily taken in the Hettinger (N.D.) area but also include McLaughlin (S.D.), Daviston (S.D.), and Lodgepole (S.D.).
Collection #: 32253
Collection Title: Historical Society. Historic Preservation Division. Historic Preservation Week Photo Contest
Collection Summary: Consists of one scrapbook from the 1990-1991 Historic Preservation Week Photo Contest, which includes several informational pages about the contest and entries, and 100 entry photographs. The contest was conducted from November 1990 until February 1991, to highlight historic structures and buildings in the state and was part of the Historic Preservation Week celebrations. __ __ __Summary
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