Northwest Minnesota Historical Center Collection Guide
The Guide consists of brief descriptions of each manuscript collection at the Center. Most entries have a link to a more detailed inventory.
In addition to this alphabetical list, these collections are also searchable through our Library catalog. Common keyword terms include the following words: agriculture, business, churches, depression, economics, education, ethnicity, government, legislation, maps, medicine, Norwegian, photographs, politics, railroads, Red River Valley, social welfare, veterans, women's organizations, and world wars. To refine your search, include the words "northwest Minnesota" in your search. For example, "agriculture northwest Minnesota."
AABYE STORE, PERLEY, MN. RECORDS, 1890-1906. 10 in. S2778
Mr. Andrew Aabye founded the Aabye Store in 1880. His general store was one of the first buildings in Perley, MN. Records include photographs, news clippings, and day books.
ADA COOPERATIVE CREAMERY. RECORDS, 1920-1956. S856
The Ada Cooperative Creamery, Ada, Minnesota, was established in 1920 to meet the needs of the dairy farmers in Norman County. This collection consists of volumes and loose papers, all in good condition.
ADAMS, JOSHUA EDWIN. PAPERS, 1933-1955. 2.5 in. S2795
Mr. Adams, born in 1851, practiced law and was active in the governmental activities in Moorhead. His papers include three suits, three estate cases, and three land abstracts for land annexes to the city of Moorhead.
AGASSIZ WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS. RECORDS, 1982- . 1.75 ft. S2734
The AWPC is a nonpartisan political organization whose primary purpose is to educate women in political activities and to recruit, support, and endorse qualified women to run for elective offices. Records include by-laws, newsletters, correspondence, organizational literature, program brochures, and three scrapbooks.
ALBJERG, VICTOR L. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, 1892-1973. 1 vol. .05 in. S2657 (small collection)
The manuscript deals chiefly with Albjerg's education as a historian and the teaching positions he held in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. He taught at Moorhead State Teachers College, Norbert College, and Purdue University.
ALTRUSA CLUB, MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1960- . 2.5 ft. S2685
Altrusa Club members represent executive, business, and professional women organized in order to promote common interests as well as civic and national understanding and betterment. Records include minutes, newsletters, reports, and correspondence.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, CLAY COUNTY UNIT. RECORDS, 1975-1986. 2.5 in. S4612
Records include Board of Director lists and meeting minutes, by-laws, standing committees, committee reports, and treasurer's reports.
AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR COMPANY. SUGAR BEET RESEARCH FILES, 1930-. 6 ft. S5037
This collection consists of numerous research publications concerning sugarbeet cultivation, which were organized in the 1950s at the Colorado research facility, and numbered, 1 thru 1318. The remainder of the collection consists of several hundred photographs of sugarbeet fields, test plots, beet equipment, research slides, and plant operations in various parts of the upper Midwest and western United States. In addition, there is a set of charts that show the extent of sugarbeet acreage in various parts of the American Crystal company’s growing areas plus newsletters.
AN AMERICAN COMMUNIST: KARL EMIL NYGARD. MASTERS THESIS, 2000. .25 in. S5035 (small collection)
This thesis by Pamela Brunfelt is the story of Karl Emil Nygard who was elected mayor of Crosby, Minnesota in 1932. At that time he was the only communist elected to an executive level office in the United States.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, LOCAL 382. RECORDS, 1951-1980. 2.5 in. S2796
Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and copies of pictures of local bands.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, LOCAL 583. RECORDS, 1912-1922. 2 vols. S2640
This collection includes meeting minutes, membership lists, and financial records.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY OF MINNESOTA, NINTH DISTRICT. RECORDS, 1928-1947. 2 in. S230
This women's patriotic organization promotes Americanism, community service, national defense, and child welfare. Records consist of meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, programs of district and state conventions, reports, and one scrapbook.
THE AMPHION CHORUS OF FARGO-MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1930-1952. 2.5 in. S2752
The Amphion Chorus was a one-hundred member male chorus that was heralded as the "Men of the West on Wings of Song". The records include concert schedules, programs, newspaper clippings, and snapshots of the chorus members on tour.
ANDERSON, J. A. ("TURP") (1902- ). PAPERS, 1945-1953. .5 ft. S226
Minnesota state legislator (1949-1953) from New York Mills in Otter Tail County. Correspondence, bills, and related legislative materials are included in his papers.
ANDERSON, MAGNUS. DIARY, 1890. 25 pgs. S5000 (small collection)
Short description of journey from Norway to the United States in 1890, translated from the original Norwegian by descendants of the author.
ANDERSON, WILFERD AND VIOLET. FARM RECORDS, 1939-1967. .5 ft. S719
The Andersons farmed in the Hitterdal area. The farm records include income tax copies, purchase statements, and detailed farm account ledgers.
THE BAKERS-CENTER FOR WOMEN. RECORDS, 1976-1983. 1.25 ft. S2746
The Center was organized in Fargo in 1976 to provide support groups, a place for women to meet, educational projects, and referral services for women. The records include correspondence, financial records, membership lists, newsletters, programs, and resource material.
BASFORD, HARRY. PAPERS, 1948-1973. S245
Harry Basford was elected to his first term in the legislature in 1949 and was defeated by Frank DeGroat of Lake Park in 1962. Papers from the Grass Root Funds for Farmers are also included in this collection.
BEAUCHAMP, DAVID J. (1940- ). PAPERS, 1975-1978. 2.5 ft. S2671
Mr. Beauchamp is a North Dakota native. From 1969-1974 he was a staff member at Moorhead State University. From 1974-1978 he served in the Minnesota State Legislature for Clay County. The collection consists of the papers he gathered during his years in public office.
BECKER, MINNESOTA COUNTY DIRECTORY. 1974. 1 vol. S4862
Directory listing rural residents as well as showing the ownership of tracts of land in Becker County in 1974.
BERGESON, BURNETT J. PAPERS, 1953-1962. S846
Burnett Bergeson was born in 1915, graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture at Crookston, Minnesota, and subsequently worked for six years with the State Department of Agriculture. The collection consists of acts, bills, correspondence, legislative reports, newspaper clippings, news releases, and proposals.
BERTEL, BIRGER L. (1886-1963). MANUSCRIPT. .25 in. S2629 (small collection)
Birger L. Bertel wrote a reminiscence of his childhood in Nebraska and the family move to Pillager, Minnesota in 1900. He describes work with threshing crews harvesting wheat in North Dakota. Bertel moved to Fargo in 1908 and wrote about his employment at the Union Transfer Company and finally his purchase of the company. The manuscript is titled "Things Remembered."
BJORNAAS, HAAKON. PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION 1907-1925. 3 ft. S4852
A major collection of 1100 photographic prints and 450 glass negatives. Most of the photographs were taken by Haakon Bjornaas (1884-1949), a traveling photographer. The collection includes numerous prints of communities and sites in northwest Minnesota, including Fergus Falls, Baudette, Cook, Tower, White Earth, Roosevelt, and other towns in the early years of the 20th century. A number of prints of North Dakota communities are also in the collection. Selected images from this collection can be viewed at the Minnesota Digital Library website.
BINFORD GUIDE. 1971-1989. 3 ft. S4945.
Collection of locally published magazines containing community information on the Fargo-Moorhead area. The Binford Guide was published by Moorhead resident Howard Binford from 1971 until his death in 1989.
BOZE, ADREN L. (1903-1964). PAPERS, 1937-1945. .5 ft. S264
Minnesota state legislator (1939-1947) from Detroit Lakes in Becker County. Correspondence, clippings, campaign material, and related legislative files are included.
BREWSTER, CHARLES. DIARY, 1854-1859. 1 roll of microfilm. S5014.
Brief entries regarding Brewster's work as surveyor for the Boston and New York Central Railroad (1854) and for the Illinois Central Railroad (1855); his settlement in Sibley County, Minnesota (1856) and construction of a log cabin on his claim; steamboat travels on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers; social and pioneer life in Sibley County (Minn.). and in Illinois; and social life, church attendance, and trips to other New England towns and cities while in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1857), and in Boston, Massachusetts, where he opened a store in 1859. (MHS Microfilm 345).
BUCKBOARD WHIP. NEWSLETTERS, 1935-1937. 2.5 in. S4953
Newsletters of Company 2705 of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which operated nearly Bagley, Minnesota. The Center’s copies are photocopies from the mimeographed originals that are preserved at the Bagley Public Library.
BURRILL FAMILY HISTORIES. MEMOIRS. .5 in. S5023 (small collection)
This collection consists of two volumes of memoirs by the Burrill family in which one volume discusses early farming near Hawley, Minnesota.
BYSTROM FAMILY PAPERS. LETTERS. .25 in. S5027 (small collection)
Two letters from the Bystrom family. A 1918 letter is promoting the campaign for Governor Burnquist. A letter dated 1945 relates weather conditions, crop information, and low prices for the summer of 1945.
CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA, ST. MARY’S, MOORHEAD, CHAPTER. RECORDS, 1964-1991. 3 ft. S4976
Correspondence, minutes, newsletters, scrapbooks, and program materials of local Catholic women’s group in Moorhead.
CHAPIN, EARL. PAPERS, 1875-1939. 4 in. S867
This collection is an unpublished manuscript history of Roseau County, Minnesota. It consists of notes, research film, news clippings, and other related materials collected by Earl Chapin, a newspaperman and historian from Roseau.
CHESTON, MARY GODLEY STARR. (1882- ). MANUSCRIPT, "SEEDTIME AT ULLMAN", 1902. .5 in. S269 (small collection)
Unpublished manuscript reminiscence of a former teacher in the Norwegian community of Ullman, Norman County, Minnesota.
CHRISTIANSON, DONNA ANDRAE. (1931- ). PAPERS, 1969. .5 ft. S266
Minnesota state legislator (1969) from Halstad in Norman County, appointed to fill out the term of her husband, Marvin E. Christianson, who died in office. Correspondence, photographs, and clippings are included.
CHRISTIANSON, MARVIN E. (1928-1969). PAPERS, 1964-1969. .5 ft. S265
Minnesota state legislator from Halstad in Norman County. Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1965 from Legislative District 65, he served in 1967 from District 66a. Mr. Christianson died while in office and was replaced by his wife, Donna Christianson. The collection contains correspondence, campaign materials, and clippings.
CHRISTIANSON, ORVILLE AND GERTRUDE, FARM and FAMILY PAPERS. (1941-1992). 3 ft. S5085
Records of the Christianson Farm and family in Hickory Township, southeast Pennington County, which remained in the hands of the family for more than nine decades. The farm was cultivated in small grains and maintained herds of dairy and beef cattle.
CHURCHES UNITED FOR THE HOMELESS. RECORDS, 1987-1998. 1 ft. S5001
Minute books, financial records, membership lists, and newsletters of Fargo-Moorhead churches that provide shelter and services to the homeless in the local communities.
CLAY COUNTY. "SOME PHASES OF THE GEOGRAPHY OF CLAY COUNTY." Typescript, 24 pp. with illustrations. S4919 (small collection)
Copy of senior thesis by Moorhead State Teachers College student John J. Brula, describing the physical geography and climate of Clay County. A small section also describes early county agriculture.
CLAY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICE. ANNUAL REPORTS, 1914-1950. 3 ft. S4972
Established in Clay County in 1913, the Clay County Agricultural Extension Office existed until 1922, when funding for it was cut. The office reopened in 1934. The annual reports for the office thus run from 1914 to 1922, then each year from 1934. The reports contain summaries of the agricultural agent’s work with county farmers. Reports by the county 4-H agent are also appended to the agent’s summaries. Originals of these reports are filed in the Clay County Courthouse, County Extension Office.
CLAY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC FARMER-LABOR PARTY. RECORDS, 1972-1995. 9 in. S2790
The records include campaign material, DFL constitution, meeting minutes, press releases, and DFL convention material.
CLAY COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. NATURALIZATION RECORDS, 1872-1954. 8 reels of microfilm. S4859
Record books from the Clay County Courthouse, recording naturalization information from 1872 to 1954 including: Declaration of Intention and petitions for citizenship by immigrants living in Clay County; applications to take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.; copies of Final Citizenship Papers. The books are indexed in a general index volume, arranged by family name. The record books were microfilmed by the Minnesota Historical Society.
CLAY COUNTY FAMILY COURT SERVICE. RECORDS, 1972-1978. .5 ft. S2603 (small collection)
The collection from this social service agency includes copies of annual reports.
CLAY COUNTY 11th JUDICIAL DISTRICT CALENDAR OF CASES. RECORDS, 1882. 2.5 in. S810 (small collection)
This collection contains the calendar of cases for the November general term of 1882, Clay County, 11th Judicial District Court. Included are civil cases, appeal cases, and criminal cases.
CLAY COUNTY PLAT BOOK AND RURAL DIRECTORY/ATLASES. 1951-1985. 6 vol. S4853
Plat books and atlases showing the ownership of tracts of land in Clay County for various years. Plats are arraigned in order by township, and the volumes include various useful statistics and other information about the county, as well as family and farm photos.
CLAY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SERVICE. RECORDS, 1977-1978. .5 ft. S2601
This collection contains policy manuals, planning reports, and the annual report for 1977.
CLAY COUNTY RED CROSS. RECORDS, 1914-1916, 1933-1970, 1977. 1.25 ft. S847
Correspondence, news clippings, photographs, minutes of meetings, financial records, fund drive statements, enrollment lists, requirements and regulations of this agency are contained in this collection.
CLAY COUNTY TAX LIST. GUIDE, 1872-1955. 21 pages. Guide to 2,880 vols. S802
This was a community service project completed by the Historical Center for the City of Moorhead. The volumes of tax lists (1872-1955) are for the towns and townships of Clay County. Included are: Alliance, Barnesville, Barnesville Village, Comstock, Cromwell, Dilworth, Eglon, Elkton, Elmwood, Felton, Felton Village, Flowing, Georgetown, Georgetown Village, Glyndon, Goose Prairie, Hagen, Hawley, Hawley Village, Highland Grove, Hitterdal, Holy Cross, Humboldt, Keene, Kent, Kurtz, Moland, Morken, Moorhead, Oakport, Parke, Riverton, Sabin, Skree, Spring Prairie, Tansem, Ulen, Ulen Village, Viding. These records are located at the Clay County Courthouse; the Northwest Center has only an inventory for them.
CLAY, MINNESOTA COUNTY DIRECTORIES. 1970, 1974, 1976, 1979. 4 vol. S4863
Directories listing rural residents as well as showing the ownership of tracts of land in Clay County for various years.
COMMUNITY ARCHIVES COLLECTION. PAPERS, 1979- . 8 ft. S4810
Public records of a variety of Moorhead and Clay County government and social service agencies including the Clay County Board of Commissioners, Clay County Planning Commission, Moorhead City Council, Moorhead Public Library Board, Clay-Wilkin Opportunity Council, and Buffalo-Red River Watershed District. Records include agendas, minutes and annual reports. Collection is periodically updated by the transfer of records from the Moorhead Public Library to this Center.
COMSTOCK, SOLOMON G. (1842-1933). PAPERS, 1872-1939. 35 ft. S248
Solomon G. Comstock was a pioneer Moorhead resident, arriving in 1871. He was the first county attorney for Clay County and held similar posts in Pembina and Stutsman Counties in Dakota Territory. He was elected to the state legislature in 1875 and served until 1888. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1888 and served until 1891. He was president of the Northwest Land Co. (1883-1914) and worked closely with James J. Hill plotting townships in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana. He was also actively involved in several Valley enterprises and helped establish a state normal school in Moorhead, now Moorhead State University.
COMSTOCK HOUSE. CORRESPONDENCE AND FAMILY EPHEMERA, 1891-1975. 6 ft. S5055
Materials kept at the Comstock House state historic site in Moorhead, containing correspondence of the Comstock family, including letters written by Solomon Comstock, his wife Sarah, his son George and daughter Ada, various postcards received by the Comstock family, magazines from the early 19th century that mention the Comstocks, and a set of maps of various towns in North Dakota in which the Comstock family had investments. Also contains twelve taped interviews conducted in the 1970s with people who knew members of the Comstock family.
CORBID, JOHN R. PAPERS. 1974-1980 S2675
John Corbid was elected to the Minnesota Legislature from District 1B in 1974 and served in the Legislature until 1980. The John Corbid collection consists of material he accumulated while a State Legislator including correspondence with constituents, other legislators and lobbyists. Also included are press releases, reports and newspaper articles.
DAUGHTERS OF PRAIRIE VIEW PIONEERS, PRAIRIE VIEW TOWNSHIP, WILKIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA. REMINISCENCES, 1942-1978. .4 ft. S2635 (small collection)
The Daughters of Prairie View Pioneers was organized in 1942 so that daughters of pioneers who settled in Prairie View Township could meet and reminisce about the past. Included in the records are family histories and "American Letters", a collection of letters to John Holt from his family and friends in Norway.
DAUNER, MARVIN. PAPERS, 1974-1986. 2 ft. S4812
Records of Mr. Dauner during his terms as a member of the Clay County Board of Commissioners. The materials include some personal correspondence, and official records of Clay County's Planning Commission, the Housing Authority, the Highway Board, and the Welfare Board. A number of special reports and studies on land use, water quality and social services of Clay County are also included.
DeGROAT, FRANK H. (1916-1989). PAPERS, 1963-1975. 4.25 ft. S716
Minnesota State Legislator (1962-1976) from Lake Park in Becker County. The collection contains clippings, reports, genealogical information, Indian Affairs Commission files, and other related legislative files.
DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY, MOORHEAD CHAPTER. RECORDS, 1942- . 2 ft. 3 in. S2717
The purpose of this society is to unite women educators and to advance the professional interests and positions of women in education. Records include annual chapter reports, by-laws, constitution, financial reports, minutes, chapter reports, and three scrapbooks.
DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1873-1903. 1 vol. 1 in. S2641
This volume is titled Town Clerk's Record. It contains a record of the proceedings of town meetings and of the Board of Supervisors from January 15, 1873 to March 1, 1881. It also lists the elected officers, records town orders issued, and serves as a register of claims and bonds allowed by the board of audit.
DISTRICT 23 SCHOOL MASTER'S CLUB. RECORDS, 1929-1972. 5 in. S2688
This club was formed in Moorhead in 1929 with the purpose of creating a club for male teachers and school administrators. The club structure was very informal with no written constitution. The records include correspondence and minutes of the club.
DRAHMANN GENERAL MERCHANDISE STORE. RECORDS, 1877-1925. 4 ft. S2648
The records consist of ledgers from 1901-1908 and a few business letters from 1877-1925. The Drahmann store started business near Rush Lake, Minnesota in 1876, but later moved to Perham probably to take advantage of the Northern Pacific railroad.
EAGAN, WILLIAM E. PAPERS, 1964-1978. 2.5 ft. S2655
Mr. Eagan, a professor of history at Moorhead State University, was active in the local DFL party. This collection contains materials dealing with local and state campaigns as well as pro-life literature and action.
EVENSON, CLARENCE. PAPERS, 1957-1962. 2.5 in. S5044
Clarence Evenson, Moorhead, Minnesota was a state representative for the years 1959-1962, representing the 49th District. This collection contains bills, correspondence, newspaper clippings, tax information and miscellaneous materials from when he was a representative
EVENSON, MARVIN A. PAPERS, 1952-1970. 4.5 ft. S5066
Marvin A. Evenson served as a party organizer for the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party in a number of capacities for the 7th and 9th Districts located in northwest Minnesota. Papers consist largely of DFL candidate files.
FAIRMONT FOODS, INC., MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1924-1982. 20 ft. S2691
This collection is made up of ledgers, correspondence, internal records, and other written reports of the Fairmont Foods Creamery in Moorhead from its opening in 1924 to its closure in 1980. Part of the creamery building was razed in 1981-1982, and the original was renovated for senior citizen housing.
FAMILY BUDGET RECORDS. RECORD BOOKS, 1941-1980. 1 ft. S4928
Forty annual budget books, detailing one family’s expenditures and income over the course of each year. These books, donated by a family that wishes to remain anonymous, provide an unusually detailed record of the finances of one family over a forty year period.
FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF FARGO-MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1959-1972. .20 ft. S896
Board minutes, correspondence, annual reports and self-written histories of the association are contained in this collection.
FARGO-MOORHEAD AND WORLD WAR II. ORAL HISTORIES. 1 ft. S4952
Transcriptions of 33 interviews conducted between 1988 and 1994 with Fargo and Moorhead residents concerning the "home front" in this area during the Second World War. The transcripts range in size from 30 to 60 pages, and cassette tapes of the interviews are also preserved. Several interviews are of war refugees and former displaced persons who relocated to the Red River Valley region after the war. These interviews were made as part of a projected history of the war years in the Valley.
FARGO-MOORHEAD ANTI-WAR. PAPERS. 1967-1975. S850
This collection contains miscellaneous papers concerning anti-war protests in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Included are newsletters, handbills and flyers, underground newspapers, photographs, and news clippings. Topics include draft resistance, the anti-ballistic missile protest movement, Kent State protests, and FBI surveillance of anti-war activists.
FARGO-MOORHEAD CITY DIRECTORIES. 1936- . 6 ft. S4858
City directories of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead Minnesota, listing residents, businesses and special services of the communities.
FARGO-MOORHEAD COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES. RECORDS, 1965-1982. 2 ft. S4811.
This collection contains minutes, correspondence, budgets, news clippings and other records of and about several community social service agencies, including the Center for Parents and Children, the Clay County Youth Council, the United Fund, the United Way, and the F-M Communiversity.
FARGO-MOORHEAD HERITAGE AND CULTURAL BRIDGE. RECORDS, 1976. 1 in. S4816
Proposals and draft plans for a museum of Fargo and Moorhead history, intended as a joint venture, but never built. Additional files containing the initial plans for the Heritage-Hjemkomst Center of Moorhead are also included in this collection.
FARGO-MOORHEAD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. PAPERS, 1976-. 1.5 ft. S5068
Materials in this collection consists of budgets, bylaws and constitution, correspondence, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a scrapbook. Materials from other area horticultural societies are also included in collection.
FARMER’S POCKET LEDGER. LEDGER BOOK, ca. 1924. S4932 (small collection)
One small pocket ledger, often given to farmers free by the John Deere implement company. This particular ledger was the property of a Newfolden, Minnesota, farmer who recorded in it routine farm expenses over a period of one year (probably 1924).
FELDE, EVA. SCRAPBOOKS, 1950-1961. 2 ft. S4979
Seven scrapbooks kept by Eva Felde, documenting the years she taught the children of American personnel in overseas military and government installations, in Germany and Japan. The scrapbooks contain correspondence and pamphlets about the classes she taught and the areas where she taught.
FERGUS FALLS STATE BANK. RECORDS, 1917-1921. 1 vol. S2674
This collection consists of one volume which lists loans that the bank gave from 1917 to 1921.
FIELD, INDUNA BERTEL. MANUSCRIPTS. 2.5 in. S2628 (small collection)
Mrs. Field's reminiscence, "The Influence of a Swedish Settler", consists of her reflections on the life of her father, Andrew Gustaf Bertel (1861-1934). Bertel was born in Sweden and came to the U.S. in 1877.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, DETROIT LAKES, BECKER COUNTY. RECORDS, 1872-1974. 2 rolls microfilm. S2659
This church was organized in Detroit Lakes by the Reverend Hiram N. Gates in 1872. Colonel George M. Johnston donated the land on which a church was built in 1873. The collection contains historical information, correspondence, legal and financial information, minutes of meetings, data regarding members, and records of auxiliary organizations.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, GLYNDON, CLAY COUNTY. RECORDS, 1872-1971. 1 roll microfilm. S858
The church was organized in 1872 as the Church of Glyndon, Minnesota. In 1921 the name was changed to the First Congregational. The records on microfilm include vital statistics, a treasurer's report book, and minutes of auxiliary organizations.
FITZSIMONS, RICHARD W. PAPERS, 1953-1978. S2681
This collection consists of papers kept by Richard Fitzsimons while serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate. It contains mostly correspondence and background materials provided by the legislative research staff and lobbyists. Included in this collection is a Minnesota Historical Society educational packet entitled “What is a Legislator?” using Senator Fitzsimons as the model.
FLOODS IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY. RECORDS, 1997-2009. 9 ft. S4996
The majority of these records concern the heavy flooding in April 1997, including records of government agencies, media coverage of the flood, records concerning recovery from the flood, and transcripts of 33 interviews conducted with individuals on flood recover. For a detailed description, see The Flood of 1997 in the Red River Valley: A Guide to Records Concerning Recovery from the Flood, published by the Center in 1999. Information is also found on flooding the the Valley prior to 1997, as well as newspaper clippings of the 2009 flood. There is also a guide to records concerning recovery from the flood, The Flood of 1997 in the Red River Valley.
FREDERICKS, MORRIS. PAPERS, 1926. .5 ft. S715 (small collection)
This collection contains the notes and thesis compiled by Morris Fredericks in 1926 on early Moorhead history. It was published in 1976 by the Lake Agassiz Regional Library.
FRIEDERICHS, ROBERT. PAPERS, 1992. .25 ft. S5043
Papers of Robert Friedrichs, a Wilkin County commissioner, concerning his campaign for Minnesota State Senate in 1992.
GESELL, RAYMOND. (1896-1981) LEGISLATIVE PAPERS, 1945-1947. .5 ft. S229
Raymond Gesell, grandson of area pioneer R. M. Probstfield, was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1944 representing Clay County, where he served until 1949. This collection consists of correspondence and proposed legislation.
GLYNDON FARMS COMPANY. PAPERS, 1919-1987. 2.5 in. S4880
A small collection of photographs and sketch maps of Glyndon Farms, located just east of Moorhead in Clay County. The sketch maps show the layout of various crops on the land from 1919 to 1987. This collection is supplemented by an interview conducted in 1989 with Donald Grant, primary shareholder of Glyndon Farms. The interview is transcribed.
GOLDBERG, MAX. PAPERS, 1911-1981. 2.5 in. S5065
Max Goldberg was a prominent businessman in the Fargo-Moorhead community, actively involved in a seed and grain business for over 60 years. This collection consists mostly of family items, but does include the minutes of the annual meetings of the Moorhead Farmers Elevator Company.
GRABA, JOSEPH. (l938- ). PAPERS, 1975-1976. 2.5 in.. S841
Mr. Graba was a state representative from District 10-B, Otter Tail County, from 1970-1976. This collection contains papers related to his activities while in office.
GRANT, MINNESOTA COUNTY DIRECTORIES. 1972, 1974. 2 vol. S4864
Directories listing rural residents as well as showing the ownership of tracts of land in Grant County in 1972 and 1974.
GRASSICK, JAMES. LETTERS, 1927-1943. .25 in. S4958.
A physician in Buxton, and later Grand Forks, North Dakota, James Grassick composed these Christmas season letters from 1927 to 1943. Each letter recounts experiences from his career in medicine, including an account of a typhoid epidemic in 1892. He entitled these reminiscences "Letters of a Pioneer Physician," and sent them to friends and acquaintances over a 16 year period.
HAGEN, GEORGE. PAPERS, 1929-1945. 5 ft., S5034
These papers consist of Hagen’s political and personal correspondence, and numerous files from George Hagen’s law practice. In addition, there are political files on the Polk County issues, the Farmer-Labor Party, sessions and legislative activities of the Minnesota House of Representatives, and documents from Hagen’s campaigns for office.
HAGEN FAMILY PAPERS. PAPERS, 1901-2005. 15 ft. S5084
Olaf J. Hagen (1872-1965) moved with his family to the Red River Valley in 1873. Dr. Hagen was County Superintendent of School in Richland County from 1898-1902. He then continued his education in the study of medicine. Dr. Hagen began practicing in Moorhead and was a founder of the Fargo Clinic in 1919. He was Resident Director of Moorhead State Teachers College from 1923-1931. He also served as regent on the University of Minnesota Board from 1931-1937. His papers include speeches, correspondence, photos, awards, diplomas, and fragmentary autobiographies.
Also included are papers concerning the lives of two of Dr. Hagen’s children, John (1917-1980) and Harriet Hagen Geib (1913-2005). The John Hagen papers are almost entirely letters written by John to his father while John served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945.These letters describe his experiences as both an infantryman in the Pacific and as an Army Air Force pilot in Italy.The papers of Harriet Hagen Geib deal with her life and family in Moorhead from 1946 to 2005.A considerable number of these papers document the medical career of her husband Marvin Geib, who was one of the founders of The Neuropsychiatric Institute in Fargo, North Dakota.There is also a small file of letters and documents concerning the death of James Hagen, Harriet’s and John’s brother, who was killed in action while serving in the Army Air Force, 1944.
HARLOW, SELMA OTTILA NELSON. "MINNESOTA LIFE: A REMINISCENCE." 1986. .5 in. S4798 (small collection)
Brief memoir of Selma Ottila Nelson Harlow, focusing on her childhood in Alexandria, Minnesota from 1901 to the early 1920's.
HARTZ, L. B. - WHOLESALE, INC. RECORDS, 1925-1975. 4.5 ft. S2660
L. B. Hartz Wholesale, Inc. was started in 1925 in Roseau County, Minnesota and became the largest locally owned chain of grocery stores and suppliers in the area. The collection contains business ledgers from the 1930's to the 1960's, and also has correspondence, inventories, and other written records of the company.
HAWLEY HERALD. NEWSPAPER. 1976-1999. 26 vol. S5064
Bound volumes of the weekly newspaper, The Hawley Herald, published in Hawley, Minnesota.
HERITAGE EDUCATION COMMISSION. FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS. 12 ft.
Collection of family history books.
HERMANSON, H.O. (1863-1909). JOURNAL, "Journey to Norway", 1896. 1 vol. S2652 (small collection)
This journal details Mr. Hermanson's trip from Rindal, Minnesota to Norway and back in 1896. Mr. Hermanson was a native of Spring Grove, Minnesota.
HERRING, RICHARD J. RECORDS, 1890-1931. .5 ft. S891
Mr. Herring was an early day merchant in Hitterdal. He and his brother, Bill, owned and operated a department store, pharmacy, and general store in Hitterdal. This collection contains some of the financial and business records, as well as miscellaneous correspondence and accounts held by Mr. Herring.
HITTERDAL HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. PAPER, Hit-Hi-Star, 1976. .5 in. S809 (small collection)
This collection contains the Hit-Hi-Star Paper which commemorates the reunion of all the Hitterdal High School graduates. Included in the paper are photographs and articles from the Hitterdal Standard, plus a class list of graduates from 1918-1975.
HITTERDAL, VILLAGE OF. RECORDS, 1918-1966. 2.5 ft. S849
Some of the business records, ledgers, minutes of meetings, criminal docket books, and birth and death registers of Hitterdal (Clay County) are contained here.
HOBERG, DWAINE. (1925-1984) PAPERS, 1971-1984. 1.75 ft. S879
In 1963, Mr. Hoberg was elected to the Moorhead City Council and nine years later he was elected mayor. In 1978 he was elected to the House of Representatives and was a member of that body until 1984. This collection consists of the papers Mr. Hoberg acquired during his years of public service, including his campaign material.
HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF MOORHEAD. SCRAPBOOKS, 1962-1974. 9 vols. 10 in. S897
Various news clippings and photographs depicting the activities of this agency are contained here.
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152, MOORHEAD, MN, 1912-. S2649
Independent School District No. 152 records are a collection of correspondence, legal papers and records on the day-to-day running of the school district. They are arranged topically and chronologically.
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT TERRITORIAL, DAKOTA. PAPERS, 1861-1888. 4 rolls of microfilm. S5046
Two reels of film containing executive proceedings and correspondence of the Interior Department regarding Dakota Territory, one reel containing correspondence relating to the U.S. Penitentiary in Dakota, and one reel of miscellaneous items. These records are reproduced from the originals in the National Archives.
JAYCEE WOMEN, MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1964-1983. 1.5 ft. S2740
The Moorhead Jaycee Women are a non-profit group concerned with fundraising projects related to community service. Included in the records are project plans, meeting minutes, service projects, awards, newsletters, correspondence, and a scrapbook.
JOHNSON, NELS J. REMINISCENCE AND MISCELLANEOUS, 1867-1937. PAPERS, 1936-1939. 1 in. S842 (small collection)
This collection consists of Mr. Johnson's family history notes, reminiscences, and news clippings. At an early age, Mr. Johnson became interested in lecturing on temperance and traveled up and down the Red River Valley using slides and eventually moving pictures to aid his lectures.
KITTSON COUNTY FARMER'S CO-OP MERCANTILE CO., AND FARMER'S STORE, INC., AND THE FARMER'S BUILDING CO., ALL OF HALLOCK, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1904-1972. 8.5 ft. S2646
These records include banking records, bookkeeping accounts, clothing prices, invoices, meeting minutes, publicity, rules and by-laws, and stock ledgers.
KNUDSON, GUST. PAPERS, 1907-1915. 6 files. S4905
Small collection of papers of farmer near Dazey, North Dakota, who speculated in land on both sides of the Red River.
LANGSETH, KEITH L. (1938- ). LEGISLATIVE PAPERS, 1974- . 6.5 ft. S4758
Mr. Langseth served in the Minnesota State Legislature from 1974-1978. He became state senator for Clay County in 1980, and as senator has served on many committees. Legislative papers include correspondence, Clay County DFL material, reports, campaign material, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
LEADER NEWSPAPER COLLECTION. 1934-1955. 1 ft. S718
The Leader (published by the Non-Partisan League) collection includes issues for 1934 and 1955 with one issue for 1954.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS, MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1954- . 13 in. S2683
The purpose of the League of Women Voters is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government, and to take action on governmental measures and policies in the public interest. This collection consists of the minutes, newsletters, study reports, and other records of the Moorhead chapter of the League of Women Voters. Also included are local, state, and national campaign brochures.
LINNELL, O.M. (1840-1930). AUTOBIOGRAPHY. 1 in. S2654 (small collection)
Mr. Linnell describes his experiences as a soldier in company C, Seventh Regiment, Minnesota Volunteers. He describes his educational background, family life, and business dealings. Mr. Linnell was elected to the State Legislature in the fall of 1880 and served two years in the House.
LINSELL TOWNSHIP, MARSHALL COUNTY. RECORDS, 1908-1976. 2.5 ft. S2689
This collection is comprised of the clerk's records of Linsell Township from 1901-1976. It contains town records, accounts, treasurer's records, justice-of-the peace docket, road maintenance records, and voting records.
McGRATH, THOMAS. (1916-1990). PAPERS, 1959-1982. 2 ft. S2728
Thomas McGrath, a nationally known poet, was born at Sheldon, North Dakota. He joined the faculty of Moorhead State University in 1971 and served as Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence until retirement in 1982. Mr. McGrath was the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, and a Guggenhiem Fellowship. His papers include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, poems, and movie scripts.
MACKALL, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1851-1935) AND MACKALL, HENRY CLINTON (1885-1977). PAPERS, 1865-1977. 4 ft. S2736
Benjamin Mackall was an early settler in Moorhead, Minnesota. He operated the first drug store and was a pharmacist for sixty-two years. This collection also includes the papers of B.F. Mackall's son, Henry Clinton, a prominent attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This collection includes correspondence, awards, certificates, photographs, and family histories as well as originals and photocopies of letters from Mackall family members dated as early as 1716. Three diaries by B.F. Mackall are also included.
MASTERSON, E. J. ( -1935). FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE, 1895-1965. 7 in. S2677
This collection consists of correspondence among Masterson family members, including letters written by Maurice and Kenneth Masterson, twin brothers who served in the AEF during World War I. The bulk of the letters are from Maurice, who was killed in action in France in 1918. The Masterson family lived in Barnesville, Minnesota and later in Moorhead.
MELLUM, MIKKEL. PAPERS, 1856-1973. 1 in. S745 (small collection)
This is a reprint of six articles on Mr. Mellum's emigration from Norway which appeared in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal beginning on November 24, 1933. The account ran in a series of installments. Mellum was born in 1856 in Stange, Hedemarken, Norway and emigrated with his family in 1867. The account deals with Mellum's family background, his life in Norway, the trip from Norway to Minnesota, his experiences settling in Rushford and Otter Tail County in Minnesota, and the blizzard of January 7, 1873. Mellum was one of the pioneer settlers in Otter Tail County.
MIGRANT ISSUES TASK FORCE. RECORDS, 1989- . 2.5 in. S4951
Records of task force established in 1989 for the purpose of coordinating issues concerning migrant workers and migrant communities in the southern Red River Valley. Records contain correspondence, minutes, progress reports, and pamphlets issued by the Task Force.
MIGRANT PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION. BLACK & WHITE PRINTS, 1976. 5 in. S4963
Over 250 black and white prints taken in 1976 as part of a planned documentary on migrant work in the Red River Valley. The project was never completed, and most of the prints are not identified in detail. An eight minute segment of color videotape, without sound, is also included in the collection of prints.
MINN-DAK FARMERS COOPERATIVE. RECORDS, 1950-1991. 3 ft. S4962
Records of the cooperative formed in 1972 by farmers in the southern part of the Red River Valley, for the purpose of building and operating a plant to process sugar beets into sugar. The records contain correspondence, minutes, research publications, annual reports and a variety of subject files concerning the cultivation and processing of sugar beets. The bulk of this collection is also available on microfilm.
MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS and THE MINNESOTA WHEAT RESEARCH AND PROMOTIONS COUNCIL. RECORDS, 1976-1984. 18 ft. S4802
Records of these two growers organizations include correspondence, by-laws, minutes, research reports, trade team reports, promotional materials, and news clippings, concerning the marketing of Minnesota wheat crops.
MINNESOTA HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY. MANUSCRIPTS, COLLECTION INFORMATION FORMS, 1973-1979. 7 rolls of microfilm. S2672
This collection contains the completed survey for the years 1973-1979 of the manuscripts and public records held by many of Minnesota's county historical societies, local historical societies, libraries, and local archives.
MINNESOTA REGION I WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER. RECORDS, 1979-1980. 2.5 in. S4790
Records of the Center, established to provide information and counseling to women in northwest Minnesota. Records include correspondence, newsletters, brochures, and the agenda, minutes and by-laws of the Center.
MINNESOTA REGION IV AREA AGENCY ON AGING. RECORDS, 1972-1978. .5 ft. S898
Board minutes, annual reports, and the legislative history of this agency are contained in this collection. This agency is located in Fergus Falls (Otter Tail County).
MOORHEAD. SANBORN FIRE INSURANCE MAPS OF MOORHEAD. 1884-1956. 1 roll microfilm. S4797
Microfilm containing the detailed maps of the town of Moorhead, prepared by the Sanborn Map Company. Maps have detailed drawings of all structures in the town.
MOORHEAD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. RECORDS, 1951- . 18 vols. 30 ft. S2600
This collection of records of the above agency includes committee meetings, legislative records, projects, and related Chamber material. The 18 volumes are scrapbooks of Greater Moorhead Days.
MOORHEAD AREA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION. RECORDS, 1967-1985. 2.5 in. S811
This association is a local unit of REA of Minnesota, and is affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association. Records include by-laws, membership lists, meeting minutes, and presidents' and treasurers' reports.
MOORHEAD AREA WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS. RECORDS, 1972. 2.5 in. S2680 (small collection)
The goals of this organization were to get women involved in politics and to elect women to public office. The records include the caucus' constitution, meeting notices, bulletins, and the Majority Report (July 1972) which was the official newsletter of the caucus.
MOORHEAD BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN. RECORDS, 1952-1970. 2.5 in. S710
The BPW has taken an active interest in social, educational, economic, and political problems on both the local and national level. A scrapbook, meeting minutes, and membership lists are included in the collection.
MOORHEAD DAILY NEWS. NEWSPAPER, 1938-1957. 62 rolls of microfilm S4893
Established in the 1880s, the Moorhead Daily News was the city’s newspaper until it merged with the Fargo Forum in 1957. Currently, the Center has holdings for 1938 to 1957 for the Daily News.
MOORHEAD DRUG COMPANY. RECORDS, 1952-1967. .5 ft. S2639
Business records and correspondence pertaining to the Moorhead Drug Co. are included in this collection.
MOORHEAD FEDERATED WOMAN'S CLUB. RECORDS, 1893-1982. 1.5 ft. S2687
The Moorhead Federated Woman's Club was established to conduct cultural studies and enrich the knowledge of its members and their community. This collection contains the meeting minutes, financial records, yearbooks of the club, and periodic histories of the organization.
MOORHEAD-KURTZ TOWNSHIP FARM BUREAU. RECORDS, 1947-1966. 2.5 in. S893
The Moorhead-Kurtz Township Farm Bureau unit was one of several farm bureau units affiliated with the Clay County Farm Bureau. The programs were often centered around agricultural and agri-political influences. Records include meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, membership lists, and American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting reports.
MOORHEAD MONITOR, INC. NEWSPAPER RECORDS, 1982-1984. .9 ft. S4775
The records of the Moorhead Monitor newspaper include financial records, correspondence, and three volumes containing copies of the weekly issues.
MOORHEAD NORWEGIAN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CONGREGATION, CONSTITUTION. (small collection)
This collection consists of photographs of the congregation's constitution. It is three pages long and is written in Norwegian. This congregation helped form the First Lutheran Church of Fargo in 1917. RECORDS, 1872. 2.5 in. S270
MOORHEAD PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION. PRINTS, 1872- . 5.5 in. S791
Mounted and unmounted prints of various scenes in Moorhead, Minnesota and along the Red River. Most of the prints are dated before the turn of the century. They depict the living and working conditions that existed, the style of houses, and modes of transportation of this area.
MOORHEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY. RECORDS, 1873 - . 6 ft. S4974
Reports, correspondence, staff newsletters, financial records, and scrapbooks of the public library, which was established in 1905. Also in the records is the manuscript journal for the Red River Congress, 1873-77, which was created in Moorhead soon after it was founded, as a civic improvement association.
MOORHEAD REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB. RECORDS, 1958-1988. 1.25 ft. S4644
The Club was formed in 1958 as a local branch of the National Federation of Republican Women. Its objectives include increasing women's active political participation and promoting the ideals of the Republican party. Records include by-laws, meeting minutes, newsletters, material on programs and fund raisers, and membership lists.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, AGASSIZ CHAPTER. RECORDS, 1978-1982. .5 ft. S2745
The Agassiz Chapter of N.O.W. was organized in Thief River Falls in 1978. The purpose of the chapter was "to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American Society". Records include agendas, correspondence, meeting minutes, membership rosters, workshop brochures, newsletters, programs, and conference material.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN, RED RIVER CHAPTER. RECORDS, 1974-1983. 1.75 ft. S892
The Red River Chapter of N.O.W. was organized in Fargo in 1974. Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in the state of North Dakota was a primary goal. The purpose of N.O.W. is "to bring women into the mainstream of American Society" in truly equal partnership with men. Records include correspondence, by-laws, statement of purpose, history, public programs sponsored by the Red River Chapter, newsletters, conference material, press releases, and newspaper clippings.
NELS VOGEL MUSIC, INC. PAPERS, 1949-1984. 5 in. S4892
Papers of Moorhead music and musical instrument business. Includes correspondence, news clippings, small scrapbooks, and brochures about the many "band clinics" conducted by the business over the years. Also includes programs from events in the region that were sponsored by Nels Vogel.
NELSON, O. C. COMPANY STORE. RECORDS, 1892-1927. 13 vols. 4 ft. S812
This collection contains company accounts, customer accounts, merchandise lists, and spans the years 1892-1927. The store was in Battle Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
NELSON, RUBEN. (1904-1966). PAPERS, 1957-1966. 1 in. S4788 (small collection)
A small collection of papers and news clippings concerning Nelson's career as a Minnesota State Representative for the Breckenridge area.
NEMZEK, JOHN F. (1890-1980). CASEBOOK AND PAPERS, 1938-1945. .5 ft. S2636
A collection of notes and case diaries of a former Moorhead police chief, dating from 1938-1945. Includes notes of his police school attendance at the University of Minnesota, as well as a tentative draft of "The Accident Investigator's Training Manual."
NEW YORK MILLS. SOCIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE FINNISH SETTLEMENT OF NEW YORK MILLS, MINNESOTA AND ADJACENT TERRITORY. MASTERS THESIS, 1933. 1 roll microfilm. S803
This thesis by Ralph Smith describes the effect of the environment on the Finnish people, the economic aspects of the community, religious life, political complexion, education and health, and the status of the Finnish culture that was transplanted.
NON-PARTISAN LEADER NEWSPAPER COLLECTION. 1915-1923. 2 ft. S717
The Non-Partisan Leader, which later became the National Leader, was published by the Non-Partisan League. The collection begins with the first issue of the Non-Partisan Leader in 1915 and goes through the last issue of the National Leader in 1923. The Non-Partisan Leader became the National Leader in November of 1921. A few miscellaneous items are also included.
NON-PARTISAN LEAGUE, PAPERS.1913-1927. 14 rolls of microfilm. S5009.
Correspondence and miscellany of Henry G. Teigan, the league's secretary from 1916 to 1923, and other league officials; correspondence, financial records, and other materials of the Northwestern Service Bureau, which assisted local newspapers that supported the league. The bulk of the collection consists of Teigan's files, which provide information about the league's origin, growth, and decline; educational, organizational, and reform programs; relations with members; and publications. There is also data concerning opposition attacks, particularly in Minnesota during World War I; third-party politics, including the creation of the Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota; and the work of various reform groups in the Progressive era. (MHS Microfilm 182).
NATIONAL NON-PARTISAN LEAGUE, PRINTED MATERIALS. 1910-1928. 4 rolls of microfilm. S5010.
These materials consist largely of pamphlets documenting the "pamphlet war" between the League and its supporters and its opponents; some League newspapers (eg. The Non-Partisan, On the Square, The Red Flame); and books about the League. (MHS Microfilm 182A)
NORMAN, MINNESOTA COUNTY DIRECTORY. 1976. 1 vol. S4865
Directory listing rural residents as well as showing the ownership of tracts of land in Norman County in 1976.
NORTH COUNTRY ANVIL. 1972-1989. 1 ft. S4948
Incomplete collection of Minnesota literary magazine, published from 1972 to 1989. This collection contains 49 of the total 58 issues published. Issues contain fiction and nonfiction, photography, and art, mostly the work of residents of northern Minnesota.
NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY. PAMPHLETS, 1870-1913. 1.25 ft. S263
These pamphlets cover selected activities of the Northern Pacific Railway Company from 1870-1913. Included are copies of charters, briefs, court cases, by-laws, reports, mortgages, leases, collateral trusts, contracts, correspondence, stockholders reports, speeches, letters, abstracts, and reports to the United States government and its agencies.
NORTHRUP, BELLE. (1866-1950). DIARIES, 1892-1943. 3 in. S2656
The content of three diaries consists of entries on the weather and daily activities, and mentions many Georgetown, Minnesota area pioneers.
NORTHWEST MINNESOTA BANK COLLECTION. 1942-1974. .5 ft. S2645
This is a collection of historical material on assets, liabilities, capital accounts, resources and officers and employees of banks located in northwest Minnesota.
NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION. ANNUAL REPORTS, 1955 - . 1 ft. S4965
The Northwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association , a designation for programs offered through the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Education departments and Northwest Technical College, Thief River Falls, compiles an annual report on farm production in the region. Each report provides statistical data on crop expenses, crop yield, profit, and harvest for each major crop in the region. Also included are the Red River Valley Reports.
NORTHWEST OIL EQUIPMENT COMPANY. RECORDS, 1962-1984. 15 linear feet. S4912
Records of manufacturer of specialized equipment and parts for oil rigs and service stations. The company began in Moorhead in 1944 and operated until the partners retired in 1984. The records contain correspondence, reports, tax and insurance records, inventories, and business ledgers.
NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA MAP COLLECTION. Undated. 1 in. S808
General highway maps of the following counties: Becker, Clay, Itasca, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wilkin. Maps of several communities within these counties are also included.
NORWEGIAN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCHES IN CLAY AND BECKER COUNTIES. RECORDS, 1872-1976. 3 reels microfilm. S807
These records contain vital statistics, minutes of various meetings, ministerial acts, treasurer's records, and records of auxiliary organizations for the following churches: United Norwegian Congregations; Buffalo River Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Dale, Highland Grove Township, Hitterdal; Atlanta Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church; Keene Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church; Salem Lutheran Church; and Lysne Norwegian Evangelical Church.
NYCKLEMOE, HENRY. (1892-1988). PAPERS, 1934-1950. .5 ft. S227
Minnesota state legislator (1955-1957) from Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County. Correspondence, newsletters, and legislative materials. Includes anti-war proposals, 1939-1945.
OLIN, RONALD POSTCARD COLLECTION. Photographs S5062
A collection of postcards, mainly from communities in northwestern Minnesota.
PALMER, CYNTHIA. PAPERS, 1988-1997. 1 ft. S5017
This collection consists of records concerning the city council of Moorhead, the Human Rights Commission in the city, and the numerous issues concerning community development in the city. It includes correspondence, minutes, subject files on community issues, electioneering materials, and news clippings. All of the materials are in excellent condition.
PENNINGTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE. RECORDS, 1968-1978. 3 ft. S4935
Correspondence, newsletters, campaign files, finance records, and caucus materials of county-level organization for Independent-Republican Party in Pennington County, Minnesota.
PEO, CHAPTER CO. YEARBOOKS, 1958 - . 2.5 in. S4970
Brief yearbooks of the Moorhead chapter of a women’s organization whose full name is known only to its members.
PETERSON, HENRY (HANK). PAPERS, 1928-1980. 1.3 ft. S267
Mr. Peterson managed and owned Peterson Truck Farms in Glyndon and was a leading agricultural innovator in Minnesota. During World War II the government made German prisoners of war available to work on his farm. Farm records include correspondence, farm building and equipment records, maps and photographs of fields, planting schedules, estate and income tax information, and photographs of and letters from German POW's. Images of the POW correspondence and photographs can be found at the Minnesota Digital Library website.
PLAIN FOODS CO-OP. RECORDS, 1980-1991. 5 in. S4950
Records of Fargo-Moorhead area cooperative for the sale of organic foods. Contains organizations by-laws, membership meeting minutes, and irregular newsletter.
PLAT MAP COLLECTION OF NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA TOWNS. 1930. 2.5 in. S844 (small collection)
Included are a plat map of McIntosh (Polk County), Crookston (Polk County), and Beltrami (Polk County).
POLK COUNTY. NATURALIZATION RECORDS, INDEX, 1870-1957. 5 rolls of microfilm. S5013
Five reels of microfilm, making up the index only to Polk County, Minnesota, naturalization records from 1870 to1957. The records themselves are held at the District Court in the county. Collection index was compiled by the Range Genealogical Society. (MHS Microfilm SAM35-I).
PRAIRIE HOME AND RIVERSIDE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION. RECORDS, 1875- . 1.5 ft; 1 roll microfilm. S855
Cemetery records including miscellaneous papers, minutes, records of lots, and interments, 1875-1993, of the Prairie Home and Riverside Cemetery Association of Moorhead (Clay County) are contained in this collection.
PROBSTFIELD, RANDOLPH M. AND FAMILY. JOURNALS, PAPERS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1867-1877, 1943, 1949. 2.5 ft.; 1 roll microfilm. S869
Mr. Probstfield came to Minnesota in 1852 and was an agent at the Hudson's Bay Company trading post at Georgetown, Minnesota. The roll of microfilm contains the journal entries and receipt records that he kept while an agent for Hudson's Bay, as well as some family records and diaries. This collection also includes the Probstfield diaries, notes, family photographs, and one piece of correspondence from Randolph's granddaughter. Other items include research papers regarding the Probstfield family. Three journals from this collection, dated 1873-1879, can be viewed at the Minnesota Digital Library website. In addition, a 1900 letter written by Probstfield, discussing property he lost during the 1862 Dakota Incident is of interest to that event and may be examined here.
PROFIT AND PLEASURE CLUB. RECORDS, 1920-1980. .5 ft. S2760
Farm women in the Dilworth and Moorhead areas organized the club in 1920. The purpose of the club was to promote the welfare of the homes of the members of the community by studying the best methods of work and the highest ideals of living and sociability.
THE PROSEQUI CLUB. RECORDS, 1957-1996. .8 ft. S4688
The Prosequi Club of Moorhead, an offshoot of the Federated Women’s Club, was formed in 1956. Records include the club's constitution, meeting minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCHES IN MINNESOTA-NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL. RECORDS, 1881-1969. 1 roll microfilm. S714
Vital statistics (birth, death, baptism, marriage) are recorded for the following churches: Emmanuel Church, Eagle Bend - Parish Register, 1955-1956; St. John's Church, Montevideo - Vestry Book, 1882-1969; Mission of the Beloved Physician, Mentor - Record Book, 1881-1859; St. John's Church, Moorhead - Service Record Book, 1902-1919, 1932; and St. Luke's Church, Browns Valley - Parish Register, 1882-1958.
RECIPIENT FAMILIES UNITED FOR JUSTICE. PAPERS, 1984-1987. 2.5 in. S5047
This state-wide organization was created by a citizens group in Minneapolis in 1984. The collection consists of records of the board of directors, minutes of board meetings, correspondence between the board and local organizations and individuals, records on grant-seeking, promotional literature, newsletter some office records.
RED RIVER READING COUNCIL. RECORDS, 1958 - . 1 ft. S4954
Established in 1958 on the campus of Moorhead State University, the Red River Reading Council is affiliated with the Minnesota Reading Association and works to promote reading and reading research. The records at the Center contain correspondence, by-laws, meeting minutes, workshop materials, and newsletters issued by the Council.
RED RIVER REHABILITATION AND RECYCLING, INC. RECORDS, 1979-1982. 2.5 in. S4789
Financial records of the company, including financial statements, tax materials, cash summaries, and treasurer's journal.
RED RIVER VALLEY ALBUM OF BIOGRAPHY. 1889. 1 vol. S4891
This volume, published by Alden ,Ogle and Company – a major publisher of county histories in the late 1800s – contains biographical sketches of numerous early settlers of the Red River Valley. Also contains a brief summary of Minnesota’s history to 1889.
RED RIVER VALLEY CHAPTER OF AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS. RECORDS, 1940- . 1.25 ft. S4768
The Chapter was formally organized as a branch of the American Guild of Organists in 1945. Its activities include performing in recitals and festivals, and sponsoring guest performances. Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership lists, programs from performances, and yearbooks.
RED RIVER VALLEY CHAPTER OF CHURCH LIBRARIES. RECORDS, 1968-1983. 1 in. S2773 (small collection)
The records of the Red River Valley Chapter of Church Libraries include the LCLA constitution, meeting minutes, membership directory, agendas, and newspaper clippings.
RED RIVER VALLEY HERITAGE (HISTORICAL) SOCIETY. RECORDS. 1964- . 2 ft. S4857
Articles of incorporation, correspondence, and publications of the Red River Valley Historical Society (renamed Red River Valley Heritage Society in 1982).
RED RIVER VALLEY HISTORY, FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1849- . 4 ft. S711
This collection contains published histories of churches and towns, old photographs, newspapers, and booklets pertaining to Red River Valley, Fargo-Moorhead, Minnesota-Dakota history.
RED RIVER VALLEY MEMORIES. MAGAZINE. 1996-2000. .25 in. S5056
First published in 1996, Red River Valley Memories is published bi-monthly by Heritage Publications, Hendrum, Minnesota. It contains articles and photographs about the people and towns in the Red River Valley area of Minnesota and North Dakota.
RED RIVER VALLEY, PRE-SETTLEMENT, 1870s
An overview of the European exploration and early trade in the Valley, prior to the 1870s.
RED RIVER VALLEY POTATO GROWERS ASSOCIATION. RECORDS, 1983- . 2.5 in. S4795
Reports, technical booklets, promotional material, and issues of the magazine of the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association.
RED RIVER VALLEY RURAL POWER. PAPERS, 1947-1990. .5 in. S5038
A collection of documents and interviews providing background on the development of electrical power in the rural areas of northwest Minnesota and portions of eastern North Dakota.
RED RIVER VALLEY SUGARBEET GROWERS ASSOCIATION. RECORDS, 1919-1994. 50 ft. S4868
A large collection of the records of one of the Valley’s most successful agricultural cooperatives, detailing the history of sugar beet agriculture in the northern Valley. Includes minute books, statistical records, correspondence, transcribed interviews with growers and officials of American Crystal Sugar company, films, and photographs. For a detailed description, see A Guide to the Collections of the Red River Valley Sugar Beet Growers Association, published by the Center in 1993, and revised in 2002.
RIPLEY ALLIANCE FOR BATTERED WOMEN, INC. RECORDS, 1978-1988. 1.75 ft. S2747
The purpose of the Martha Rogers Ripley Alliance for Battered Women in Thief River Falls was to establish and maintain a shelter for women, to provide training for people who work with the victims of battering, and to provide a supportive and helpful environment for abused women. Records include administrative organization, correspondence, board meeting minutes, financial records, grant proposals, newspaper clippings, personnel policies, programs, shelter house expenditures, and statements of purpose.
RITCHIE, DAVID. NOTEBOOKS, nd. 2.5 in. S4957 (small collection)
Three notebooks kept by a Scottish immigrant to the United States, detailing his trip from Scotland to the U.S. A descendent, David S. Ritchie of Valley City, North Dakota, also added information to one notebook, a roster of Company G of the 1st North Dakota Infantry regiment (ca. 1920) to which he once belonged.
ROSEAU STONE COLLECTION. PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1927-1949. .5 ft. S836
The collection is organized topically and chronologically. It is a small collection composed primarily of news clippings, photos, and some correspondence that relates to the controversy concerning the authenticity of the runes on the so-called "Roseau Stone."
RURAL DIRECTORIES AND COUNTY PROFILES FOR NORTHWEST MINNESOTA. 15 ITEMS, 1970-74, . 2.5 in. S4862-S4867
A small collection of publications concerning counties in northwest Minnesota. Includes rural locator directories for Becker, Clay, Grant, Norman, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties that were issued from 1970 to 1974. Also includes four county profiles published by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, for Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties. These profiles were derived largely from statistics in the 1987 USDA Census of Agriculture and the 1990 Census of population.
RURAL MINNESOTA CONCENTRATED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (C.E.P.). RECORDS, 1968-1990. 18 ft. S2602
This collection of the rural Minnesota C.E.P. for northwest Minnesota consists of board meeting minutes dated July 1968-December 1978, seven issues of "C.E.P.'s Monthly" dated October 1977-June 1978, and policy guidelines and procedural information.
SABIN-BAKER REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB. MINUTE BOOKS, 1940-1975. 2.5 in. S4927
Three binders of minutes of club organized in February 1940, to support Republican party activities, primarily in rural Clay County.
ST. ANSGAR HOSPITAL AUXILIARY. RECORDS, 1955-1988. 2.5 in. S4603
Records include lists of members, historical highlights of the Auxiliary, and a booklet explaining the Sister Mary Joseph Award.
ST. JOHN THE DIVINE CHURCH, MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1872-1977. 1 roll microfilm. S845
Vital statistics, parish registers, Rector's Guild minutes, and scrapbooks of this Moorhead, Minnesota church are included.
ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1978-2007. 2.5 in. S5090
Records consist mainly of parish directories. A brief history of St. Joseph's Catholic School is also included.
ST. VINCENT, KITTSON COUNTY, CHRIST CHURCH. RECORDS, 1881-1968. 1 roll microfilm. S857
Vital statistics, minutes of organizational meetings, and parish registers are included.
SANBORN FIRE INSURANCE MAPS OF MOORHEAD. 1884-1956. 1 roll microfilm. S4797
Microfilm containing the detailed maps of the town of Moorhead, prepared by the Sanborn Map Company. Maps have detailed drawings of all structures in the town.
SCHROEDER, ERNEST, FARM. RECORDS, 1915-1965. 6 ft. S4902
Records of successful potato farm and brokerage business begun in the early 1900s by the Schroeder family near Sabin township, Clay County. Includes contracts, correspondence, tax records, business ledgers, and photographs.
SELKIRK (i.e. THOMAS DOUGLAS, EARL OF SELKIRK). LETTERBOOK, 1811-1815. 1 roll microfilm. S5016
Letters of Lord Selkirk, mostly to Alexander MacDonald, concerning the progress of emigration of families to the Red River Settlement established in Manitoba, the settlement's development, and its relationship to the Hudson's Bay Company. (MHS Microfilm 148).
SIBLEY, HENRY H., Daily Journal of the Sibley Expedition in Dakota Territory, 1863. 1 roll of microfilm. S5015
The journal appears to be the official daily log of Henry H. Sibley's 1863 punitive expedition against the Dakota Indians from the time it left Camp Pope in Renville County, Minnesota, on June 16, until it returned to Fort Snelling on September 10. The journal was kept by an unspecified member of the expedition, but was frequently annotated in Henry H. Sibley's hand. (MHS Microfilm 333).
SILLERS, DOUGLAS H. (1915- ). PAPERS, 1957-1980. 10 ft. S2678
Mr. Sillers was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1962 where he served until 1972. He then ran for the Senate and was a member of that body until 1980. The collection consists of the papers Mr. Sillers acquired during his years in the Minnesota House and Senate, covering the years 1962-1980.
SIMON, LEON. (1927- ). PAPERS, 1934-1977. .5 ft. S2739
Leon Simon was a prominent businessman in the Fargo-Moorhead area, chiefly in the furniture business begun by his father, Harry Simon. This small collection consists of various legal documents plus correspondence.
SINCLAIR, DONALD. PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, 1948-1973. 2.5 in. S2650
Donald Sinclair was a member of the Minnesota Senate for the 67th District (Kittson, Marshall, Pennington and Roseau Counties) for 25 years. The collection contains photographs, legislative reports, and other materials.
SOLUM HARDWARE STORE. RECORDS, 1927-1933. .5 ft. S888
The Solum Hardware Store was a general merchandise store operating in Hitterdal, Minnesota. Included in this collection are journals, a ledger, and miscellaneous correspondence.
SOROPTIMIST CLUB OF MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA, INC. RECORDS, 1949- . 3 ft. S2686
Soroptimist is a world-wide organization of executive business women which offers a practical means of participating in community betterment and understanding, and promoting high standards in business and professional life. The branch in Moorhead was chartered in 1949. Records include: correspondence, meeting minutes, budgets, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and five scrapbooks spanning the years 1949-1975
STANGELAND, ARLAN LEGISLATION PAPERS, 1977-1990, S4930
The collection consist of the files kept in Stangeland’s Moorhead office. The bulk of the files contain detailed correspondence and information on projects supported by federal aid and legislation within various communities of the 7th Congressional District. Also in the collection are several subject files on various national political issues of the 1980’s, election files, Stangeland’s voting records, and files containing copies of federal bills, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Congressman. All records are in excellent condition.
STATE BANK OF DONALDSON. RECORDS, 1904-1926. 3 in. S2676
This collection includes the first minute book of the stockholders meetings from 1904-1926 and a book of stock certificates issued to investors from 1904 to 1923.
STUDY OF THREE CHIPPEWA FAMILIES. RECORDS, 1971. .25 ft. S2704
Thesis research materials including newspaper clippings and a video.
SWEDISH CULTURAL HERITAGE SOCIETY. RECORDS, 1976- . 5.5 in. S239
The purpose of the Swedish Cultural Heritage Society of the Red River Valley is to enrich members lives through their Swedish Culture and to increase the awareness and understanding of modern Swedish people in the community. The records include the Society's constitution, annual reports, correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and meeting minutes.
SWENSON, GEORGE. FARM RECORDS, 1915-82. 6 ft. S4978
Account books, tax records, planting and harvest plans, and miscellaneous records of cattle farm in southwest Minnesota.
SWENSON, J. HERBERT. FARM RECORDS, 1945-58. 2 ft. S4977
Eleven ledgers of the accounts of a small grain farm in southwest Minnesota.
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES. VOLUME, 2000. .5in. S5032
Wrote by Dean Simmons, this books is a comprehensive study of Minnesota's experiences with foreign prisoners of war during World War II. Information regarding prisoners located in the areas of Ada, Crookston, Moorhead, and Warren Minnesota are included.
TERRITORIAL PAPERS OF DAKOTA, MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN. PAPERS, 1834-1873. 3 rolls of microfilm. S4989
Three reels of film containing selected papers of the United States Senate regarding the administration of Wisconsin Territory (1834-1849), Minnesota (1847-1860) and Dakota (1858-1873). These records are reproduced from the originals in the National Archives.
THOMPSON, DAVID. NOTEBOOKS, JOURNALS, FIELD BOOKS, AND CORRESPONDENCE, 1790-1916. 9 reels of microfilm. S5022 (inventory is a small collection)
Microfilm of the records kept by David Thompson (1770-1857), explorer for the Hudson's Bay Company and the British government. Records include the notebooks and journals Thompson kept while exploring the Great Lakes area, the Columbia River basin, portions of the Rocky Mountains, and other parts of both the upper midwest of the United States and Great Britain's Canadian territories. Also included are the field books Thompson compiled and the maps he prepared while surveying the boundary between the United States and Canada under the Treaty of Ghent (1814). Three folders of correspondence between Thompson and various officials round out the collection. An inventory, created by the Archives of Ontario, where most of the Thompson originals are preserved, describes the collection in more detail.
THORTVEDT, LEVI; THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY. PAPERS, 1860-1936. 2.5 in. S4734
Born in Norway in 1860, Mr. Thortvedt was one of the earliest settlers of the Red River Valley. The History written by him is an account of his covered wagon journey to the Valley in 1870. Papers also include newspaper clippings and a photograph.
THREE GENERATIONS....THE WALKER MEMOIRS: 1801-1950. PUBLICATION, 2012. .25 in. S5102
Of special interest in this publication is an essay by Claude F. Walker, a science instructor, relating his memories of teaching at Moorhead Normal School from 1898-1899.
TRI-COLLEGE WOMEN'S BUREAU. RECORDS, 1972-1983. 5 in. S4773
The TCWB was organized in 1972 by women from the tri-colleges for the purpose of expanding awareness concerning sexism in education. Records include background of the TCWB, material on projects and programs, grant applications and proposals, meeting minutes, and two video tapes of speakers.
ULEN-HITTERDAL COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB. RECORDS, 1960-1981. 2.5 in. S4799
Records include a brief history of the club, meeting minutes, membership records, and annual reports of the club.
UNITARIAN CHURCH OF UNDERWOOD. RECORDS, 1880's-1977. 2 reels microfilm. S860
Vital statistics, parish registers, and organizational minutes of meetings are contained in this collection.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, CHURCHES IN OTTER TAIL COUNTY. RECORDS, 1897-1972. 1 roll microfilm. S832
Vital statistics, parish registers, record books, and organizational minutes of meetings for the following churches: Dora Evangelical Church, Dora Township; First Congregational Church, New York Mills; Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Perham.
UNITED CHURCH WOMEN. RECORDS, 1956-1981. 6 in. S4668
The United Church Women is an ecumenical expression of a national movement of church women. Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial reports, program agendas, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
UNITED STATES ARMY, PROVOST MARSHALL GENERAL. RECORDS, 1944-1945. S868. 1 roll microfilm made from originals in the National Archives, Washington, DC.
Reports of German prisoner-of-war camps in Minnesota, including information on their personnel, facilities, and activities.
UNITED STATES ARMY, PROVOST MARSHALL GENERAL. RECORDS, 1942-1946. S875. 1 roll microfilm made from originals in the National Archives, Washington, DC.
Reports of the Prisoner of War Operations Division on camps in the U.S. Includes information on prisoners, camp personnel, and camp conditions.
VAN VLISSINGEN, PAUL. PAPERS, 1876-1902. 2 in. S2784
This collection includes one diary which gives accounts of the days work, of sales of farm products for a Hitterdal area farm, and of items purchased; four deeds for land purchased from the Northern Pacific Railroad Company; and two horserace ledgers.
VINING VILLAGE COUNCIL. RECORDS, 1909-1932. 1 in. S2673
This collection consists of 1 volume containing the minutes of the Vining Village Council meetings from 1909-1932. Several resolutions and petitions to the state concerning roads are also included.
WALZ, NORMAN J. (1915-1984). LEGISLATIVE PAPERS, 1954-1965. 2.5 ft. S4769
Mr. Walz was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1954 for the 65th District (Becker, Hubbard, Mahnomen and Clearwater counties). He served on various committees during his three terms. Papers include correspondence, bills, reports, committee material, speeches, press releases, and scrapbook copy.
WARROAD HISTORY BOOKLETS. PAMPHLETS, 1972-1979. 2.5 in. S4985
Eight pamphlets on various topics in the history of Warroad, all written and privately published by Alin Swanson of Warroad.
WARTIME LITERATURE COLLECTION. BOOKS, 1944- . 3 ft. S5074
This collection consists of literature published or personal writings during various wars.
WEST CENTRAL REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION. RECORDS, 1976-1979. 10 in. S834
The West Central Regional Development Center Commission was established in 1973 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefits, and coordinating programs for sound area-wide development. Included in the records are annual handbooks, economic development programs, and individual county program planning manuals.
WESTERN MINNESOTA STEAM THRESHERS REUNION. HANDBOOKS, 1965- . 5 in. S4936
Annual handbooks containing programs of the yearly gathering in Rollag, Minnesota, an event devoted to the display and restoration of steam-powered farm equipment. The handbooks also contain membership news about the Steam Threshers organization, articles about various pieces of equipment, and miscellaneous items about steam equipment.
WESTRUM, GLADYS. PAPERS, 1976. 1 in. S725 (small collection)
This collection contains a personal reminiscence of the history of the Swedish Lutheran Bethesda Congregation, Moorhead, Dakota Territory, a personal reminiscence of her "Gram" and a letter written to Don Westrum dealing with the boyhood of his grandfather, who lived in Moorhead.
WHITE AND MCCULLOCH LUMBER COMPANY. RECORDS, 1885-1914. 1.25 ft. S4809
Journals, sales records, and invoices of the White and McCulloch Company of Fargo, and its various subsidiaries in North Dakota and Minnesota.
WHITE EARTH RESERVATION. RECORDS OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR INVESTIGATION OF THE RESERVATION, 1911-1912. 2 rolls of microfilm. S5012
Transcripts of testimony taken at the White Earth Reservation in 1911-1912, together with supporting documents and a report of an investigation, compiled by the Department of the Interior. The documents concern a dispute on the Reservation over the distribution of timber payments and which Chippewa (Ojibwa) were officially listed as members of the Reservation. The final report of the Department of the Interior on this investigation is in the US Serial Set, 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, House Report 1336. (MHS Microfilm 444).
WILKIN COUNTY. NATURALIZATION RECORDS, 1884-1945. 4 rolls of microfilm. S5011.
Microfilm copies of the Wilkin County, Minnesota, naturalization records from 1884 to 1945, held at the District Court in the county. Collection index was compiled by the Range Genealogical Society. Three reels of records and 1 reel with an index. (MHS Microfilm SAM41).
WILKIN COUNTY. PAMPHLET, "THE TRUTH ABOUT WILKIN COUNTY," ca. 1910. .5 in. S4805
A promotional pamphlet describing Wilkin County, Minnesota, its farmland, villages, and businesses.
WILKIN, MINNESOTA COUNTY DIRECTORIES. 1970, 1975. 2 vol. S4867
Directories listing rural residents as well as showing the ownership of tracts of land in Wilkin County in 1970 and 1975.
WILLIAMS, DIANE WRAY. PAPERS, 1989-1992. 3 ft. S4961
Correspondence, reports, state documents and other legislative papers relating to Ms. Williams’ two terms in office as state representative for Clay County.
WOHLWEND, NEIL. (1913-1978). PAPERS, 1972-1974. .75 ft. S268
Mr. Wohlwend was a state representative for Moorhead in Minnesota from 1972-74. This collection contains papers related to his years in the state legislature.
WOMEN'S ATHLETIC CLUB OF FARGO-MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1940-1996. 1.75 ft. S4629
The Club was organized in 1927. Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, programs, and yearbooks.
WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, DETROIT LAKES. RECORDS, 1933-1985. 1.25 ft. S4727
The WCTU is an organization of Christian women bonded together for the protection of the home and the abolition of the liquor traffic. Records include a history of the chapter, membership lists, meeting minutes, treasurer's books, and WCTU of Minnesota year books.
WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, FARGO-MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1912- . 1.25 ft. S4860
Records of the local, Julia D. Nelson Chapter, including minute books for both local and district meetings, financial ledgers, correspondence, and WCTU literature. A survey of alcohol use in Fargo, conducted by the local WCTU in March 1940, is of special interest.
WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1948-1980. 3 in. S861
Records include constitution, minutes, correspondence, programs, objectives, membership lists, and newspaper clippings.
WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, ROSEAU. RECORDS, 1945-1982. 2.5 in. S2758
Records include accounts, correspondence, membership lists and roll calls, meeting minutes, WCTU literature, programs from annual conventions, and the history of the Roseau WCTU.
WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, THIEF RIVER FALLS. RECORDS, 1952-1985. 5 ft. S4721
Records include local branch material including correspondence, minutes, and scrapbook; and national WCTV material including Youth Temperance Council material and bound volumes related to the history of the WCTU and temperance.
WOMEN'S NETWORK OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY. RECORDS, 1984- . 1.25 ft. S4764
The Network acts as an umbrella organization to coordinate groups committed to full equality for women. Records include articles of incorporation, by-laws, meeting minutes, correspondence, and membership directories.
WOMEN'S STUDY CLUB OF HAWLEY, MINNESOTA. RECORDS, 1925-1982. 1 in. S2774
The Women's Study Club of Hawley was organized in 1921. This collection consists of fifty-three yearly program booklets and one song booklet.
WOODMAN LODGE. RECORDS, undated. 1 vol. .5 ft. S889
The Woodman Lodge was located in Hitterdal and was part of a larger organization, The Modern Woodman of America. This lodge began in 1920 as Camp 1542. The records include by-laws, rituals, transfer records, membership lists, and death notices.
WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION, COUNTY ARCHIVES INVENTORY. PAMPHLETS, 1939-1942. 5 in. S843
This collection contains five booklets which were compiled through the Minnesota WPA Writers Project. Three booklets relate to county histories (Kittson, Marshall, Otter Tail), another deals with the Judicial Districts of Minnesota, and the last booklet is an inventory of World War I emergency activities in Minnesota.
WORLD WAR II SCRAPBOOK. SCRAPBOOKS, 1939-1945. 3 in. S4993
This collection contains one scrapbook of newspaper clippings and magazine articles regarding World War II plus two booklets pertaining to Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima.
THE ZONTA CLUB OF FARGO-MOORHEAD. RECORDS, 1951-1982. 1.25 ft. S2705
Zonta Club is a service organization of executive women in business and the professions committed to the advancement of women. The records include budget and financial reports, board and meeting minutes, Zonta newsletters and the club's national charter, plus two scrapbooks.