Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps show location and type of buildings found in major towns across the state. They were originally used by insurance companies as a guide in their business. An inventory is available.
Fire Underwriters Insurance Maps show location and type of buildings found in villages and cities across the state. They were originally used by insurance companies as a guide in their business. An inventory is available.
Coal Mine Maps
Coal mine maps document the location of some of the old as well as recent coal mines in the State. An inventory is available.
Homestead files can be found at the National Archives and Records Administration. To request homestead file information, ask for NATF-Form 84, National Archives Order for Copies of Land Entry Files. The address to write to is: Textual Reference Branch -- Land (NWDT1), National Archives and Records Administration, 7th and Pennsylvania AV NW, Washington DC 20408. The telephone number is 202-501-5395. For additional information on genealogical research materials available through the National Archives, visit the National Archives genealogy web page.
Other archival materials relating to land development include:
Resources found in the Museum collection
The permanent exhibits in the Heritage Center feature early survey equipment (Dike Collection) and help shed light on the dispersal of public lands in North Dakota. All collections are available for research use. Please contact the Museum Division staff for information concerning museum artifacts.
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We will also be closed on Christmas Eve this year.
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