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State Agency Records - North Dakota Writers Project, Folklore Files - #30562

Title: State Historical Society. North Dakota Writers' Project, Folklore Files

Dates: ca. 1935-1942

Record Series: 30562

Quantity: .75 feet

Abstract: Series consists of drafts of a proposed publication on North Dakota folklore, essays on ethnic folktales, biographies, and correspondence.

Provenance: The North Dakota State Archives acquired these records series through the auspices of the Historical Data Project, Professional and Service Division, Work Projects Administration, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota, ca.1936-1940.

Copyright: Public records are not subject to copyright restrictions, although record series may contain copyrighted material. Consideration of such copyrights is the responsibility of the author and publisher.

Access: These records are available for public inspection under provision of the North Dakota Century Code, 55-02.1-08.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the record group, series name and number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.


The North Dakota Writers’ Project began in 1935 and was sponsored by the Division of Women’s and Professional Projects, Works Progress Administration, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Many of the publications planned by the North Dakota Writers’ Project were never published. Three notable exceptions are:

North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State, 1938
A History of Richland County and the City of Wahpeton, North Dakota, 1938 sponsored by the Wahpeton Park Committee
A History of Bismarck, 1938 sponsored by the Bismarck Association of Commerce

The North Dakota Writers’ Project gathered information for other proposed publications, including a history of grazing, a book on the origin of North Dakota place names, a folklore study, and a book entitled “America Eats.” Survey work of the North Dakota Writers’ Project ended in 1942.

Box / Folder Inventory

Box 86:
37 Instructions
38 Folklore
39 Folklore Manuscript, (Original, Part I)
40 Folklore Manuscript, (Original, Part II)
41 Folklore Manuscript
42 Poems and songs

Box 87:
1 French, French-Canadian, Metis
2 Germans, German-Russians, Dunkards
3 Icelandic
4 Norwegians
5 Recipes-Foreign Groups
6 Swedes and Danes
7 Other Groups
8 Norwegians Songs, Games, and Legends
9 Miscellaneous Folklore
10 Washington Folklore
11 Folklore Manuscript, (Carbon, Part I)
12 Folklore Manuscript, (Carbon, Part II)
13 Folklore Outlines

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