Grant S. Youmans Papers, 1914, 1918-1919, 1946
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Brief Description:

The Grant S. Youmans Papers consist of various publications written by Youmans.

The first, Legalized Bank Robbery, was published in 1914 concerns the trouble he had with his Minot banking business due to his support for Socialist causes.

The second, Justice Held for Ransom, was written in 1919 and is an outgrowth of his attempts to obtain justice for what he perceived as the crimes against him. This book discusses his experiences with S.G. Severtson, as well as A.C. Townley. Both titles are important works for an understanding of the flux and nature of radicalism in North Dakota.

The third is a full page newspaper ad taken out by Youmans in the Minot Daily News on August 3, 1918. In this ad, Youmans discusses the same themes he espoused in these two books.

The fourth is a 1919 pamphlet photocopied from the holdings of the Minnesota Historical Society. The pamphlet is entitled Townley and Youmans: the farmers want to know the truth about this Townley-Youmans incident. The farmers would like to know who is the crook! Dare you tell them Mr. Townley? The pamphlet regards the controversy surrounding the alleged bribe offered by Townley to Youmans.

The fifth is a photocopy of Youmans’ published family history, The Yeamans-Yeomans- Youmans Genealogy. The book was originally published in 1946.

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/453
Created by: Youmans, Grant S. (1876-1959)
Volume: 0.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1977.
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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
Genealogy and Family History
Minot, North Dakota
Politics and Government - Nonpartisan League (NPL)
Townley, A.C.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes:   Donation; Acc.77-474 and Acc.2003-2642
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item).  Grant S. Youmans Papers.  OGLMC 453, 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 April 2014.