Nels Dokken Papers, 1910-1951
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Brief Description:

The Nels Dokken Papers include correspondence between Nels Dokken and Gertrude Davis during their courtship from 1938 to 1946 when both were around forty years old. The letters also discussed food rationing and the purchase of war bonds during World War II. Nels talked about his church activities in the Ness Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mekinock, North Dakota. He also wrote about farming conditions and working on the railroad. The papers do not mention a great deal about Gertrude's teaching. The collection contains papers from 1938 to 1983 but the majority of the collection is the correspondence from 1938 to 1946.  The collection also includes Nels'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.

419 photographs were separated and placed in the Photograph File Cabinets. The photographs are primarily of family members but do include several photographs of towns, schools, and churches in Grand Forks County. Other unidentified photographs remain with the collection.

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: 1.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/00/1990.
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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; Acc.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 migrated to Archon in May 2014.