Institute Finding Aids: Personal and Family Papers

  • Alin, Alex (SC 35)
    Various clippings concerning the Alins (Alex and Frank), including 'An historical compilation of Dickey County newspapers' (1941) by Alex Alin, and the 1915 price list for his Arboretum Farm Nursery at Fullerton, N.D.
  • Ballou, William (SC 46)
    Business receipts, "Letter to Bill" pamphlet which mentions the strike of Local 137, a letter, and clippings about Ballou and his home.
  • Best, William H. (Mss 43)
  • Blanchard, James B. (SC 29)
    Slightly illegible typed copy of his reminiscences concerning the early days of Moorhead, his logging career, and incidents related to his job as a law officer in Moorhead, Minn.
  • Burton, Perry (SC 42)
    This pocket diary documents the period Mr. Burton possibly was working on the Pete Smith farm near Larimore, N.D. and Arvilla, N.D. The diary for the entire year is quite complete, detailing his daily activities. For part of the year, there is a listing of his expenditures as well.
  • Chaffee Family (SC 134)
    Correspondence; excerpts from diary (1892-1909) of George L. Dunning, laborer and farm superintendent of Amenia and Sharon farm; genealogical material; term papers; biography of Eben Whitney Chaffee by W.C. Hunter; two interviews with H.L. Chaffee; and brochures relating to Oriente, a community planned for Nicaragua, of which E.W. Chaffee was president.
  • Chisholm, Haile (Mss 117)
    Long time blacksmith at North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) and poet.
  • Clark, George F. (George Foster) (SC 165)
    Correspondence; notes relating to Clark's wife, Emma Clark; W.P.A. biography (1940) on Clark; genealogical material concerning the Clark family, beginning with William Clark who came to Massachusetts from England in 1659; and clippings, including an issue (May 1934) of WCTU's White Ribbon Bulletin.
  • Critchfield Family (Mss 210)
    North Dakota family that spent time in Iowa and Germany and wrote numerous letters to each other
  • Danielson, Charles V. (SC 168)
    Original handwritten manuscript and typed copy (37 leaves) of "Early memories of Charles V. Danielson," recounting the life of his Swedish immigrant parents, Erick and Lovisa Danielson, who came to the United States in 1866 from Narkes Lane, Varmland, Sweden and to the Painted Woods area in 1879 to homestead, and on his life to about 1910; and two newspaper clippings.
  • Dickinson, Frank H. (Mss 969)
    Store owner at Ayr, ND who devoted his time to land sales.
  • Doyle, Stephen J. (Mss998)
    Massachusetts native, active in the North Dakota Legislature and served as a U.S. Marshal.
  • Dunwell, Maude Farley (SC 164)
    Correspondence; scrapbook containing clippings and typewritten copy of Dunwell's Early History of Spiritwood and Vicinity; obituaries of her parents, William and Mary Agnes Farley; and series relating to Spiritwood Lake by Margaret Johnson (Mrs. Edward Johnson).
  • Eddy, Ira (Mss 212)
    Local man whose traced his genealogy to Captain Miles Standish and the earliest known member of the Eddy family, Reverend William Eddy of Cranbrook, England in the county of Kent. Contains two detailed 1846 letters of Safford B. Eddy's journey into Mexico during the Mexican War.
  • Edwards, Alanson W (SC 25)
    Photocopies of typed reminiscences by daughter Marie Belknap (25 leaves) and son John (9 leaves) of life in early Fargo. Also included is a typed photocopy of clipping on the William R. Edwards (son of Major Edwards) and Florence Barrows wedding (1900), two original handwritten letters, with transcriptions, from William to Florence (1899 & 190-), typed photocopy of Major Edwards' biography & obituary, a typed photocopy of a Fargo Argus clipping, and typed copy of Edwards' entry in Compendium of history and biography.
  • Folsom, Florence (SC 51)
    Correspondence, historical sketches, and manuscripts of writings. Includes information relating to Ludden and Port Emma, N.D., North Dakota judge William H. Ellis (also known as Will Ellis), area doctors and newspapers, frontier life in Dickey County, and personal, family, and local history.
  • Franke, Gottlieb (SC 170)
    Typed summary of interview (1 leaf) with son Hugo and Miss Mary Clark, Fargo, N.D. concerning his father Gottlieb and Eben Chaffee. Franke homesteaded in Cass County. Includes newspaper clippings on members of the Franke family.
  • Green, Martha E. (SC 55)
    Photocopy of pioneer life reminiscences by Martha E. Green; includes mention of wheat harvest, fuel sources, 1888 blizzard.
  • Gunderson, O.S. (Ole S.) (Mss 365)
  • Haggart, J. Roberts (Mss 247)
    Collection of an influential Fargo family who brought the North Dakota Agricultural College to Fargo.
  • Hankel, Willard E. (Mss261)
    Willard E. Hankel was a farmer at Oakes, North Dakota in Dickey County. His farm diaries cover 1946-1960 and 1982-1995, calendars of daily action span 1961-1981, plus financial journal records for 1941. Other records document the Hankel family in North Dakota.
  • Harris, Emerson (Mss 81)
  • Holes, James (Mss 211)
    One of the earliest settlers in the Fargo area whose papers document his private and business affairs.
  • Jones, Horace M. (Mss 193)
    Local man whose son served in World War I and died at home while on leave.
  • Laughlin, Andrew H. (SC 172)
    Correspondence, diary (1917) of Laughlin's son, Leigh Laughlin, train passes, and clippings, chiefly relating to daily activities and local events.
  • MacGregor, Gordon (Mss 861)
    Editor of the Bismark Tribune when the paper won a Pulizer Prize.
  • MacKenzie, Jessie Soliday (SC 16)
    Typed copy of Mrs. MacKenzie’s booklet (8 leaves) concerning her parents, Henry Augustus and Sarah Ann (Galehouse) Soliday, who came to the Carrington area in 1883 from Canton, Ohio; includes mention of 1883 blizzard, Lyman R. Casey, his brother J.B. Casey, Carrington & Casey Land Co., Kirkwood Hotel which burned and was rebuilt, plowing snow with the train, social life in early Carrington, and celebrating Christmas.
  • Maddock, Walter J. (Mss 68)
    Walter J. Maddock was raised on a farm near Northwood, N.D. with his farm diary and scrapbook the main components of this small collection.
  • Magnuson, Nels (SC 11)
    Correspondence, including letters from relatives in Norway, relating to daily events; certificate of election (1930) as state senator; miscellaneous financial records; bylaws of Souris Cooperative Elevator Company; historical pamphlet concerning Scandinavian Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co., of Souris; ledger (1928-1946) containing personal expenses and income; clippings; and financial records (1905-1908, 1916-1924) of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, headquartered in Carbury, N.D.
  • Michel Family (SC 37)
    A family tree of the Michel family as compiled by Rosemary (Ternes) Mack. The family tree traces the family history from Hayna, Germany to Landau, Russia to Estevan, Canada, or in some cases to Germany or the United States.
  • Neal, Bigelow (SC 144)
    Correspondence with Dean H.L. Walster regarding North Dakota Agricultural College, President West, H.L. Walster, A.E. Minard, George and Oscar Will, and A.F. Yeager, clippings, typed copy of "Baron of Cowland," (10 leaves), an incomplete typed copy of "The last of the thundering herd," and "Valley of the dammed" which pertains to land buyouts by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Garrison Diversion project.
  • Nelson, Andrew (SC 53)
    Typed summary of interview (3 leaves) concerning his attempts at farming and his years as manager of the Howe Farm. Includes description of the buildings on the farm, the horses, and the field work. Also includes newspaper clippings.
  • North Dakota Centenarian Study Interviews (Accession 2973)
    The North Dakota Centenarian Study Interviews consists of seven video interviews, done as a grant-funded project administered by Dr. Greg Sanders of the NDSU Department of Child Development and Family Science, and Candace Philbrick conducted the actual interviews. Each interview, conducted in 1999, consists of a single VHS tape Those interviewed include Katherine Fallett, Hilda Jacobson, Jeanette Kennedy,William Mueller,Hazel Patton, Belle Thomas, and Grace H. Wahl.
  • Ostbye, Thorvald (Mss 325)
    Norwegian immigrant who started a contracting business and became a successful Fargo contractor. Responsible for building the Carnegie Library (Putnam Hall) and its addition on the North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University).
  • Petrie, Wallace E. (Mss 801)
    Wallace Petrie was an Emmons County, ND pioneer. The papers include material on homesteading in Dakota Territory, his sister's ranch and Petrie family clippings.
  • Probstfield, Randolph M., (SC 30)
    This collection contains newspaper clippings, biographical articles about Randolph Probstfield, a family tree, a letter written by Probstfield regarding buffalo in Clay County, and correspondence between Probstfield’s granddaughter, Edris Hack (the main donator of materials) and the curators of the Institute for Regional Studies at the time of the accession.
  • Rindlaub Family (SC 33)
    Correspondence, genealogical information, family history materials, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, relating to Elizabeth P., John H., and Martin P. Rindlaub, physicians, and their joint medical practice in Fargo, N.D. Includes information concerning their father, Martin P. Rindlaub, mother, Catharine (Young) Rindlaub, and other family members in Platteville, Wis.
  • Roberts, Charles A. (SC 45)
    Newspaper clippings of the Roberts family. Includes a 1934 series of interviews of Matilda Roberts by Ida May Owen concerning life in early Fargo, with mention of her dressmaking business, selling sewing machines, the birth of her children, frequent absences of her husband, meeting Custer's widow, growth of Fargo, 1893 Fargo fire, and building her mansion in Fargo. Also includes clipping on their grandson, Vernon Roberts, pioneer Fargo aviator, and obituaries.
  • Roberts, Vernon (Mss 1514)
    Fargo native Vern Roberts, after serving in the Army Air Corps in World War I, began a career in aviation in the 1920s as a barnstormer and aviation air racer.
  • Rolle, Eugene J. (Mss 684)
    Luxembourg native and one of the first to use insulin in the treatment of diabetes.
  • Sgutt, Julius (Mss 50)
    First mayor of Harvey, ND whose son served in World War I and regularly corresponded with his father.
  • Simonson, Otto (Mss 345)
  • Smith, Ralph W. (Ralph Waldo) (SC 122)
    Letters, brief genealogical material on the Smith and Sanborn families, a list of publications, primarily agricultural research, which he authored and co-authored, 1905 census of Antler, N.D. and a clipping.
  • Soule Family Papers (Mss 234)
    Family orginially from New York. Ambrose served in the Civil War. George fled to Mexico due to embezzling funds from the railroad.
  • Stern, Alexander (SC 2)
    Letter serving notice of his appointment as trustee of North Dakota Agricultural College, undated campaign letter for a Fargo City Commission race, a letter of transmittal, and obituary.
  • Stott, Frank Ellsworth (Mss 239)
    Missouri native who owned and operated in Montpelier, ND.
  • Thue, Christian H. (SC 20)
    Postmaster at Horace, N.D. from 1915-1958, succeeded his father, C.H. Thue, who had succeeded his father-in-law. Retired in 1958. Includes a history (3 leaves) of the Horace, N.D. post office entitled "The village postmaster is unsung hero" with mention of his experiences as postmaster, names of the seven previous postmasters, two of whom were relatives, some financial information on the Horace post office, and his civic activities.
  • Tyler, Evan S. (Mss 19)
    Fargo real estate agent responsible for the Park Board acquiring Oak Grove Park and the establishment of Island Park.
  • Ulsaker, Sven E. (SC 143)
    Typed copy of his reminiscence concerning his childhood home in Norway and early years in Kindred, N.D. Includes mention of his education in Norway, his cattle buying job in Norway, immigrating to the U.S., working as a hired man for other Norwegian settlers, a bout of typhoid fever, early settlers around Kindred, N.D. and on the Sheyenne and Wild Rice Rivers, brief mention of James Hill, and the Norman Lutheran Church.
  • Walters, Hugo H., (SC 152)
    North Dakota National Guard material including enlistment papers (1889) for Hugo H. Walters, regulations for Devils Lake, N.D. encampment (1891) and special orders for Lt. H.H. (Hugo H.) Walters (1891), Daughters of the American Revolution application of Marcia Walters on the Thomas Bagley, Sr. family line, pamphlets, scrapbook pages, one dealing with fires and fire department matters (ca. 1904) in Fargo, N.D. and one containing mainly obituaries. Also includes clippings.
  • Whiting, Danford (SC 41)
    Diaries documenting daily activities in Wilmington (1862) and Whiting's service as soldier with a Vermont regiment during the Civil War (1863).
  • Wisness, Ole A. (Mss 318)