Nels Dokken Papers, 1910-1951
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Brief Description:

The Nels Dokken Papers consist mainly of correspondence between Nels Dokken and Gertrude Davis during their courtship from 1938 to 1946, when both were around 40 years old. The letters discuss food rationing and the purchase of war bonds during World War II. In addition, Dokken mentions his activities in the Ness Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mekinock, North Dakota. He also writes about farming conditions and working on the railroad. The papers do not mention a great deal about Gertrude's teaching. The collection also includes Dokken's school papers (1913-1915), records of the Mekinock school (1932-1941), Gertrude's teaching materials, business papers (1920-1983), and newspaper clippings (1930-1965).

420 photographs were separated and placed in the photograph file cabinets. The photographs are primarily of family members, but include several photographs of towns, schools, and churches in Grand Forks County. Some photographs are unidentified.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at]
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1206
Created by: Dokken, Nels (1901-1988)
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/00/1990.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Grand Forks County, North Dakota - Education
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes:   Purchased from the Valley Thrift Shoppe, Grand Forks, North Dakota; 90-1710
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). Nels Dokken Papers. OGLMC 1206, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid added to Archon in May 2014.