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Institute Finding Aids: Architecture and Historic Preservation

  • Anders, Frank L. (Mss 1417)
    Served as Fargo City Engineer, and secretary and construction engineer of the North Dakota State Capitol Commission which oversaw the construction of the state capitol. Also a Medal of Honor recipient.
  • Fargo-Moorhead Heritage And Cultural Bridge Task Force (Mss 163)
    Civic group organized to develop plans for a cultural bridge spanning the Red River between Fargo and Moorhead. Although never built, the award winning design was by renown architect Michael Graves.
  • Fargo (N.D.). Inspections Department (Mss 186)
    The department records includes a series of architectural drawings (primarily 1920-1940s) for commercial and apartment buildings in Fargo that no longer are in existence.
  • Fire Underwriters Inspection Bureau (Oversize 45)
    Consists of the North Dakota fire insurance maps the company produced for 409 of the smaller communities in the state, the bulk dating between 1954 and 1965.
  • Hancock, Walter B. (Mss 15)
    Early Fargo architect whose records have not survived, except for this small collection of mementos related to his life and work.
  • Houkom, S. Marius (Mss 48)
    Long-time Fargo architect, known particularly for the numerous churches he designed.
  • Isern, Thomas D. (Grand Forks South Side Residential Area Research Project) (Mss 295)
    The research records of Thomas Isern consist of surveys of the near south side residential area of Grand Forks, N.D. in 2001-2002, following a devastating flood in 1997. These architectural analyses consist of photos, maps, and reports. In addition to the analyses, the collection contains four folders of related information, including a summary of a 1995 survey and Isern and Hofferâ s 2002 updated summary.
  • Isern, Thomas D. (Strategic Survey Of Historic Properties, Buffalo, North Dakota) (Mss 348)
    The research records of NDSU Professor of History Thomas Isern consist of surveys of the historic properties of Buffalo, N.D. in 2001-2002. These architectural analyses consist of photos, maps, and reports. In addition to the analyses, the collection contains four folders of related information, including a summary of a 1995 survey and Isern and Hoffer’s 2002 updated summary. There are two series in the collection: Background and Surveys.
  • Kurke And Associates (Mss 196)
    Fargo architects, William F. Kurke and his son John M. Kurke were one of the most influential architectural firms in Fargo and perhaps North Dakota. Click here to visit the Kurke & Associates Photographic Exhibit.
  • Linke, Emil G. (Mss 357 & Mss 1596.18)
    The Emil G. Linke Papers document a rural Cass County, North Dakota building contractor and carpenter during the first two decades of the twentieth century. The business ledgers document in good detail Linke‟s building projects and those employed by him, together with costs and wages paid. The complimenting architectural drawings document only a portion of all his contractor work, but give a view into the building trends during this time period in North Dakota.
  • National Register Of Historic Places, North Dakota (Mss 178)
    Photocopy collection of the complete Cass County historic sites nominations forms.
  • North Dakota Architectural Records Collection (Oversize 18)
    The North Dakota Architectural Records Collection includes a diverse collection of blueprints and other drawings for buildings from across the state and by a variety of architects, both in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.
  • O'Shea, Andrew J. (Mss 330)
    The O’Shea papers are centered on the Agassiz school roof construction controversy. There is very, very little in these papers of the life of Andrew J. O’Shea outside of this problem. There were a number of newspaper articles about the school controversy, as well as a number of little flyers or handbills which O’Shea apparently had printed up for handing out to the public.
  • Roberts, Norene (Mss 190)
    President of Historical Research Inc., Minneapolis, Roberts conducted a number of surveys for North Dakota National Register of Historic Places nominations.
  • Sanborn Map Company (SanbornMapsInventory)
    This microfilm set of maps for the larger cities of North Dakota provide a wealth of historical, detailed data on the growth of North Dakota cities from the 1880s to the 1950s.
  • Seifert & Staszko Associates (Case Drawers 27-40)
    The Seifert & Staszko Associates records document the architectural work of the firm from 1953 to 1987, however the majority of the records are from the mid-1950s to 1970s. Whether the collection is complete for all projects designed by the company is not known. The records consist entirely of architectural drawings for a wide variety of building types, including schools, churches, businesses and organizations. There are no supporting documents or office records as part of this collection. Because of their strong association with the Catholic Church, they were involved in many Catholic Church construction and remodeling project across North Dakota and Minnesota.