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Title: Lee Mohr Photograph collection

Dates: 1935-1969

Collection Number: Mss 10557

Quantity: 1.5 feet and oversize

Abstract: The photograph collection consists of Mohr’s negatives and prints, and earlier photographic images attributed to G. L. Lutz. Mr. Mohr’s work covers the 1930s-1960s period. Four hand-colored oversize portraits of Native American subjects are included.

Provenance: The Lee Mohr photograph collection was donated to the State Historical Society in October 1990 by Gerald Holcomb of Rochester, Minnesota.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.



Lee W. Mohr was born in Miles, Iowa April 17, 1904 to D. C. and Margaret Mohr and came to North Dakota in 1920 with his family. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1922 and studied business at Penn State University. Mohr married Kathleen Harriss at Grand Island, Nebraska. He worked for his father in the Mandan J. C. Penney store and at Penney's in Minnesota and Illinois until his photography hobby became his career. In 1937 he purchased the R. R. Lutz Studio in Mandan and established Mohr Photography, operating it until his retirement in 1969.

Mohr was recognized statewide and nationally for his photography. He served as president of the North Dakota Photogaphers Association, president of the Mandan Rotary Club, master of the Mandan Lodge No. 8 of AF & AM, member of El Zagal Shrine, York Rite, Jesters, and Elks Lodge, and charter member of theMandan Rodeo Association. While he took pictures of places and events he focused on photographing rodeos across the state, documenting all rodeo activities for over a decade. Lee Mohr died in Mandan at age 79 on November 20, 1983.

obituary Bismarck Tribune 11/21/1983
obituary Mandan Pioneer 11/27/1983


Box 1:
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1941               
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1942-1947
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1944
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1945
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1947
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1948
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1949
Rodeo-Mandan, (Gene Autrey)          1949, 1951
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1950
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1951
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1952

Box 2:
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1953               
Rodeo-Mandan                                   1954
Rodeo-"Prize Rodeo Pictures"
Rodeo-Big Timber
Rodeo-New Salem
Rodeo-Mandan, "Cowgirls" (color)
Rodeo-Postcards, etc.
Rodeo-Prints, Mandan
Rodeo-Mandan, Misc.
Rodeo-location not identified
Mandan Festivals

Box 3:
State Capitol
Flood-Mandan 1938
Flood   1939
Floods             1940's
Flood   1947
Flood   1950's
Flood   1969
Flood and other views (neg)
Train Wrecks
Railroad Construction
Garrison Dam
Bismarck Aerial views
Bismarck, Airport
Bismarck, Mary College
Bismarck, Various
Mandan, Aerial views (2 folders)
Mandan, Postcard views
Mandan, High School
Mandan, Lewis and Clark Hotel
Mandan, Mohr studio
Mandan, Morton County Court House                     
Mandan, State Training School (SIS)
Mandan, Various
Fort Abraham Lincoln/McKeen
Trail West Amphitheater

Box 4:
Mandan, Standard Oil Refinery (4 folders)              
Metcham, E.H.
Plowing Scenes, 1951
Chateau de Mores/Badlands-petrified stump (Gov. Sorlie, et. al.)               
Fort Rice
Heart Butte Dam
Marks, Bill
MDU-Heskett Plant
Oil wells, 1952
Roosevelt cabin, 1935
Roosevelt, Franklin
South Dakota, Lemmon
Welk, Lawrence
Problem Negatives
Original Sleeves
Miscellaneous and duplicate copies

Box 5:
Old copy photos                    
Glass plate negatives
Indian portraits
Indian portraits (Mohr)
Lutz, G.L. Negatives
Baker and Chief, etc.
I. P. Baker and Zahn
(untitled-4 folders)

Box 6:
1 Governor Sorlie dedicating the Liberty Memorial Building Nov. 11, 1925; Capitol negs/prints
2 Capitol Interior nitrate negs
3 Capitol Interior after fire negs/prints
4 Groundbreaking negs/prints
5 Capitol negs/prints
6 Capitol negs/prints Butler Studio Bismarck ca. 1937
7 Fort Abraham Lincoln negs lodges
8 CCC negs block houses, construction of earth lodges
9 buffalo head; Northern Pacific Depot Bismarck 1877 F. J. Haynes; ice break up Mandan;
Floods Mandan 1881, 1887; young Theodore Roosevelt w/rifle; early Mandan village
10 Fort Clark; W. F. Cody & Wild Bill Hickok; Texas Jack; Civil War battle; Standing Rock;
dead buffalo; Sitting Bull & W. F. Cody; transferring cotton Bismarck

Four framed color Indian Portraits by Lee Mohr 1965-1966 - Eagle Staff, Bear Heart and unidentified


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