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Works Progress Administration, Historical Data Project: Pioneer Biography Files, 1936-1940

Collection Overview

Title: Works Progress Administration, Historical Data Project: Pioneer Biography Files, 1936-1940

ID: OGLMC/1119

Creator: Works Progress Administration

Extent: 34.0 Microfilm Reels

Date Acquired: 03/00/1989

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The North Dakota records related to the Works Progress Administration's Historical Data Project are housed at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.  The Department of Special Collections purchased a microfilmed set of the records in March 1989, consisting of thirty-four microfilm rolls of over 5000 files.  The records were filmed alphabetically by county, and within each county, alphabetically by name. The last roll is an alphabetical name index which includes the following information: pioneer's name, city or town, county, occupation, nationality, date and place of birth, whether still living or date and place of death, and marital status. If married, the above information is included for the spouse.

The files themselves consist of a Pioneer Data Form or Old Settler Questionnaire filled out by either a Project survey worker or the pioneers themselves. The Data Forms provide the following information: pioneer's name, birth and death dates, nationality, occupation, name of spouse, parents, and children, marital status, dates of immigration to the United States and arrival in Dakota Territory, education, religion, political affiliation, and family and community historical sketches. Also frequently included are small township maps, archaeological and historical survey forms, pioneer biographical sketches, reminiscences, and newspaper clippings.

The records in this collection are indexed in the North Dakota Biography Index: http://library.ndsu.edu/db/biography/

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

Acquisition Method: Purchased from the State Historical Society of North Dakota; 89-1643

Original/Copies Note: Originals held by the State Historical Society of North Dakota

Related Materials: Works Progress Administration, North Dakota Writers Project: Ethnic Group Files: OGLMC 1380

Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Works Progress Administration, Historical Data Project: Pioneer Biography Files. OGLMC 1119. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid added to Archon in February 2015.

Other URL: http://library.und.edu/holdings.php?id=ODIN_ALEPH000735773


Box and Folder Listing

Microfilm Reel :Add to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 1: ADAMS: Arnold - BARNES: PreyAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 2: BARNES: Rensbye - BENSON: Martinson, AugustAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 3: BENSON: Martinson, Cecelia -  BOTTINEAU: RobillardAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 4: BOTTINEAU: Rogers - BURLEIGH: KnowlesAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 5: BURLEIGH: Kuchl  - CASS: TeichmannAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 6: CASS: Thompson - DICKEY: NillAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 7: DICKEY: Noess - EDDY: TarbellAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 8: EDDY: Thompson - FOSTER: WarrenAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 9: FOSTER: Wentland - GRAND FORKS: Johnson, MartinAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 10: GRAND FORKS: Johnson, Olaus - TurnerAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 11: GRAND FORKS: Tweten - KIDDER: CoulterAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 12: KIDDER: Devore - MCHENRY: KlereAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 13: MCHENRY: Lang - MCLEAN: MathewsAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 14: MCLEAN: McAdoo - MERCER: RichterAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 15: MERCER: Richaw - MORTON: LinstadAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 16: MORTON: Loers - MOUNTRAIL: NesetAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 17: MOUNTRAIL: Ness - OLIVER: MinerAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 18: OLIVER: Molander - PIERCE: BragerAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 19: PIERCE: Breger - RAMSEY: McKayAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 20: RAMSEY: McKone - RANSOM: White, ElizabethAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 21: RANSOM: White, Samuel - RICHLAND: GillesAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 22: RICHLAND: Goff - Stack, AlbertAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 23: RICHLAND: Stack, Mrs. Carl - ROLETTE: LaFountaineAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 24: ROLETTE: LaFrance - SARGENT: JohnsonAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 25: SARGENT: Keating - STARK: WaltonAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 26: STARK: White - STUTSMAN: KlausAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 27: STUTSMAN: Kneebone - TRAILL: GrindeAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 28: TRAILL: Gronna - WALSH: HoopleAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 29: WALSH: Hylden - WARD: ClemonsAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 30: WARD: Clouse - RowanAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 31: WARD: Rubbelke - WELLS: TuffliAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 32: WELLS: Turnbull - WILLIAMS: PoeAdd to your cart.
Microfilm Reel 33: WILLIAMS: Porger - ZahlAdd to your cart.
Also includes a small number of files from former North Dakota pioneers living in California, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin
Microfilm Reel 34: Name IndexAdd to your cart.
One index is for complete biographies and another is for incomplete biographies