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Title: North Dakota Geological Survey. Western North Dakota Field Notes

Dates: 1883-1977

Record Series: 32391

Quantity: 7 microfilm rolls (#12911-12917)

Abstract: Consists of State Geologist Dr. Arthur G. Leonard's field notebooks (1905-1922) on his survey work in the western part of the state; Howard E. Simpson's field notes and biennial reports (1899-1936); and Wilson Laird's geological surveys (1943-1963).

Provenance: The records of the North Dakota Geological Survey were initially housed in the Library of the Department of Geology at UND. In the fall of 1985, the records were deposited with the University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota. Processing of this records series was completed by the Department of Special Collections. The microfilm copy of these records was produced in 1995 by the State Archives. The original records remain with the UND University Archives.

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.

AGENCY HISTORY

The North Dakota Geological Survey was established under the trustees of the University of North Dakota by the Legislative Assembly in 1895 (S.B. 44) The professor of geology at UND was ex-offico State Geologist. The Legislative Assembly did not provide an appropriation for the geological survey until 1899, although the first State Geologist, Earle J. Babcock, conducted geological investigations during several summers without additional expense to the state. Early work of the survey included studies of water supplies and lignite resources.

Although a part of the University of North Dakota for most of its existence, the Geological Survey, or more specifically, the State Geologist, assumed responsibilities assigned to other agencies. For example, in 1945 the State Water Conservation Commission assumed the state’s ground water program. The Water Commission designated the State Geologist as its agent in charge of underground water work. The State Geologist thus served as liaison for the state in underground water matters with the U.S. Geological Survey.

With the discovery of oil in North Dakota, the State Industrial Commission was given jurisdiction and authority over all persons and property, public and private, necessary to enforce the provisions of oil and gas conservation legislation, initially passed in 1953. The relationship of the State Geologist and the State Industrial Commission was tied closer with legislation in 1967 for the regulation, development, and production of subsurface minerals (NDCC Chapter 38-12.1).

In 1989, the Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which placed the State Geologist and the Geological Survey under the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDCC Chapter 54-17.4). The location of the survey was to be determined by the Commission. The survey offices were moved from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to Bismarck. A new section of law relating to paleontological resource protection was also enacted in 1989 (NDCC Chapter 54-17.3). The State Paleontologist is an employee of the Geological Survey.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Survey records primarily consist of Dr. Arthur G. Leonard’s field notebooks and the photographs he took to illustrate his survey work in western North Dakota. Leonard’s handwritten field observations date from 1905 to 1922 and delineate his survey investigations in his capacity as North Dakota State Geologist. Leonard surveyed beds in North Dakota and eastern Montana and topographically mapped several areas in cooperation with the Unites States Geological Survey, namely the Bismarck, Ray, and Garrison Quadrangles. He also studied problems with glacial drift and resultant drainage changes, collected fossil specimens in order to determine the age of strata of lignite beds, and surveyed for oil and gas possibilities and the deposits of gravel and clinker, building stone, and cement rock and brick clays. The results of Leonard’s investigations are described in several bulletins and articles.

The Geological Survey records also include Howard E. Simpson’s field notes and the Mohall gas survey, in addition to his survey work on oil shale activity and ground water resources. Biennial reports from 1901 to 1936 and a paper entitled, “Work of the North Dakota Geological Survey, 1899-1936” give a complete general account of the accomplishments of the survey as well as a picture of its difficulties in securing adequate funding appropriations from the state legislature. Lastly, the records contain Wilson Laird’s State Geological Surveys which he did for the American Year Book, 1943-1949, material on the Martin River Glacier expedition, 1962-1963, and the transcript of Hearing Re: Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Well Spacing, 1952.

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Box 1:
1 Correspondence, general 1921-1952
2 Bottineau: Correspondence, 1926-1958; Reports 1913-1930; Notes, Well Schedules, etc.; Newspaper clipping, Apr. 18, 1929
3 Casselton: Correspondence 1913-1921; Reports 1914-1949
4 Correspondence 1933-1948; Reports 1933-1947; Notes, Graphs, etc.
5 Dunseith: North Dakota Tuberculosis Sanatorium: Correspondence 1934; Department of the Interior Press Release Feb. 10, 1928; Notes, Well Schedules 1914-1924
6 Eckelson: Report Dec. 1934
7 Edmore: Report Apr. 7, 1937
8 Ellendale: Correspondence Apr. 1924; Reports 1924; Notes, Well Schedules
9 Fargo: Correspondence 1933-1934; Reports 1923-1938
10 Fargo: Department of Interior Information Service Release May 1949; Notes, Well Schedules, etc.
11 Gardena: Correspondence 1948
12 Gilby: Letter Feb. 19, 1960
13 Glen Ullin: Letter June 1, 1945
14 Gladstone: Report Nov. 16, 1934
15 Grafton: Correspondence 1931-1957; Notes, Well List
16 Grand Forks: Correspondence 1956; Reports 1928-1955; Notes; Newspaper clippings
17 Hankinson: Letter May 25, 1953; Department of Interior Information Service Release Feb. 5, 1957
18 Granville: Letter May 9, 1955. May 10, 1955; Report, Water Analysis, Well Schedules
19 Harwood: Letters Jan. 26, 1946, Feb. 5, 1946
20 Hatton: Correspondence 1931-1956; Reports 1931, 1935; Notes, Well Schedules
21 Hillsboro: Correspondence 1956-1962; Report
22 Hunter: Correspondence 1953-1954
23 Inkster: Correspondence 1954-1957
24 Jamestown: Correspondence 1898-1959
25 Jamestown: Reports 1898-1943
26 Jamestown: Notes, Well Schedules, etc.
27 Joliette, Salt Well: Correspondence 1931-1932; Report Dec. 31, 1931; Notes
28 Kief: Reports Nov. 23, 1934
29 Kindred: Correspondence 1934-1950; Reports 1933; Notes
30 Larimore: Correspondence 1934-1961; Reports 1930; Notes
31 Lisbon: Correspondence 1917-1948; Reports 1923-1935; Well Schedule 1905
32 Lake Metigoshe, Boy Scout Camp: Correspondence 1955-1956
33 Lisbon: Reports 1925-1935; Notes, Well Schedules 1948
34 Minot: Correspondence 1910-1961
35 Minot: Reports 1910-1956
36 Notes, Tables, Newspaper clippings

Box 2:
1 Minot: Correspondence Feb. 1947, Feb, 1961
2 Mountain: Correspondence 1945-1946, Report 1946
3 Neche: Correspondence 1948-1954; Department of Interior Information Service Release 1952; Water Survey and Investigation Agreement 1948
4 Northwood: Correspondence 1927-1960; Reports 1911-1927
5 Oakes: Correspondence 1955
6 Park River: Correspondence 1916-1917; Reports 1946-1949
7 Portland: Correspondence 1946-1951; Reports 1946-1949
8 Rolla: Correspondence 1927-1961; Reports 1927-1961; Water Survey and Investigation Agreement 1948; Notes, Well Schedules; Newspaper clippings
9 San Haven: Correspondence 1934; Report 1934; Brochure
10 St. John: Correspondence 1945-1949; Reports 1947-1952
11 Scranton: Report 1934
12 Sheldon: Correspondence 1944-1949
13 Sheyenne: Correspondence 1957-1958
14 Souris: Correspondence 1957-1958
15 Thompson: Report 1935
16 Upham: Correspondence 1948-1951; Department of Interior Information Service Release 1957; Report 1953
17 Velva: Correspondence 1925-1931; Reports 1941-1942; Notes, Well Schedules
18 Wahpeton: Correspondence 1916; Reports 1931-1961; Notes, Well Schedules; Newspaper clippings
19 Walsh County: Well Survey 1910-1914
20 West Fargo: Correspondence 1933-1935; Reports 1933-1935; Notes, Newspaper clippings
21 Westhope: Correspondence 1930-1959; Department of Interior Information Service Release 1959; Reports 1920; Notes
22 Wyndmere: Correspondence 1933-1957; Reports 1914, 1933; Notes
23 State Geological Survey of North Dakota. Second Biennial Report 1901-1902; Third Biennial Report 1903-1904
24 Reports, Bulletins, Papers and Articles 1919-1944
25 Miscellaneous Notes
26 Newspaper clippings 1925-1933
27 Miscellaneous Maps, Graphs, and Tables (See UND Archives oversize materials file)

Box 3:
1 Legislative History of North Dakota Geological Survey
2 Functions of the North Dakota Geological Survey
3 History of North Dakota Geological Survey
4 Draft of the “Work of the North Dakota Geological Survey, 1899-1936”
5 “Work of the North Dakota Geological Survey, 1899-1936”
6 Work of the North Dakota Geological Survey During the Years 1919 and 1920
7 “The North Dakota Geological Survey and What It Has Accomplished” [1920]
8 L. P. Dove, “The Functions and Economic Importance of the Geological Survey” 1923
9 Fifteen Minutes Radio Program Regarding the North Dakotas Geological Survey 1935
10 List of Biennial Reports 1899-1943
11 Biennial Reports Nos. 1-13 1901-1943
12 Biennial Reports Nos. 7-19 1911-1936
13 Biennial Reports, rough drafts 1901-1936
14 Types of Work Graph of the North Dakota Geological Survey 1899-1936
15 Regulations and Instructions of the United States Geological Survey 1903, 1911
16 Staff of the North Dakota Geological Survey 1900-1932
17 Statement of Work of Members of the Geological Department in Connection with the North Dakota Geological Survey 1899-1936
18 Curriculum at UND about 1910
19 Annual Appropriations for the North Dakota Geological Survey 1895-1967
20 Expenditures Through the University 1917-1924
21 “Value of Geological Survey to the State” 1918, 1923
22 Report of Progress 1924
23 List of Publications of the North Dakota Geological Survey 1901-1938
24 North Dakota Geological Survey Bulletins: 2, 3, 4, 9, 12
25 Old Circular Letters of the United States Geological Survey, undated-1933
26 “Geology of North Dakota: A Classified Bibliography,” by H. L. Walster
27 Leonard’s Field Notebook: July 11 – Sept. 30, 1905 along the Yellowstone River; Aug. 8 – Oct. 1, 1906, Miles City to Jordan, Montana
28 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 23 – Aug. 11, 1905, Slope and Bowman Counties, N.D. to Big Elder Creek, Montana to Butte County, S.D. to New England, N.D.
29 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Aug. 12 – Oct. 7, 1905, Killdeer Mountain to Williston, N.D. to Miles City, Glendive, and Wibaux, Montana
30 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Oct. 8 – 11, 1905, Sentinel Butte, N.D.; July 19 – Sept. 17, 1909, Miles City and Jordan, Montana
31 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Sept. 18 – Oct. 6, 1906, Jordan Montana area; June 21 – July 28, 1909, Bismarck Wuandrangle, S.W. corner
32 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Sept. 11 – 20, 1907, Little Missouri River, Little Beaver Creek to Deep Creek; July 6 – Aug. 31, 1908, Beaver Creek, Elk Creek to Green and Knife Rivers
33 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 20 – Aug. 6, 1907, Medora area to Ash Creek to Sentinel Butte; July 29 – Sept. 1, 1909, Bismarck Quadrangle – Otter Creek region to Bismarck to Glencoe
34 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 22 – Aug. 17, 1910, Stark, Hettinger, Adams, Grant, Morton, and Emmons Counties
35 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Aug. 6 – Sept. 13, 1911 and June 24 – July 31, 1912, McKenzie County
36 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 22 – July 28, 1913 and July 4, July 29, 1914, McKenzie County
37 Leonard’s Field Notebook: July 30 – Aug. 23, 1914, McKenzie County; July 5 – Aug. 30, 1916, Dunn County
38 Leonard’s Field Notebook: July 4 – Aug. 30, 1917 and July 7 – Sept. 4, 1918, Ray Quadrangle
39 Leonard’s Field Notebook: July 1 – Sept. 5, 1919, Mercer and McLean Counties
40 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 28 – Sept. 1, 1920, Stark and Hettinger Counties
41 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 26 – Sept. 1m 1921, Reeder, Adams County; Bowman and Slope Counties; and South Heart, Stark County
42 Leonard’s Field Notebook: June 30 – Aug. 27, 1922, location of gravel deposits near roadways across the state, Ellendale to Cando to Mohall to Minot to Sentinel Butte to Starkweather to Cando; Burnstad trip and Shell Butte 1923
43 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Traverse of Routes for 1906; Notes on Formations 1908, 1917
44 Leonard’s Field Notebook: Various Short Surveys 1910-1920
45 Field Notebook, author unknown: Aug. 25 - ?, 1902, Harvey
46 Key to Identification of 1918 Field Survey Photographs and Those Used for Folsum’s North Dakota Quarterly article 1970

Box 4:
1 List of Publications by Arthur G. Leonard 1894-1928
2 Leonard, A. G., “The Purpose and Value of a Geologic Survey,” 1905
3 Leonard, A. G., “The North Dakota-Montana Lignite Area,” 1906 manuscript
4 Leonard, A. G., “The North Dakota-Montana Lignite Area,” 1906 manuscript
5 Leonard, A. G., “Lignite Area of Dawson and Custer Counties, Montana,” 1907
6 Leonard, A. G., “The Geology of South-Central North Dakota,” 1910
7 Leonard, A. G., “Cretaceous and Tertiary Formations of Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana,” 1911 manuscript
8 Leonard, A. G., “Description of the Bismarck Quadrangle,” 1912-1913
9 Leonard, A. G., “The Geology of McKenzie County,” n.d.
10 Leonard, A. G., “The Geology of McKenzie County,” n.d.
11 Leonard, A. G., “North Dakota Geological Survey,” 1912
12 Leonard, A. G., “Geologic Atlas of the United States,” Folio 181, Field Edition, Bismarck Folio, U.S. Geological Survey, 1912
13 Leonard, A. G., “The Geological Map of North Dakota,” 1913
14 Leonard, A. G., “The Lignite Deposits of North Dakota,” 1916
15 Leonard, A. G., “The Relation of the Glacial Period to the Surface Features of Manitoba and North Dakota,” 1916
16 Leonard, A. G., “The Geological History of North Dakota,” Quarterly Journal of the University of North Dakota, Vol. VII, No. 3, April 1917. Geological Survey
17 Leonard, A. G., “The Geology of North Dakota,” 1919
18 Leonard, A. G., “Surface Features of North Dakota and Their Origin,” 1919
19 Leonard, A. G., “Possibilities of Oil and Gas in North Dakota,” 1920
20 Leonard, A. G., “White River Formation in North Dakota,” 1922
21 Leonard, A. G., “Sand and Gravel Deposits of North Dakota,” [1924]
22 Leonard, A. G., “The Contest Between Land and Sea Near San Diego,” 1925
23 Leonard, A. G., “Physical Features of North Dakota,” 1930 – read before a meeting of the Fortnightly Club, Jan. 6, 1930
24 Leonard, A. G., “Geological Report on the Proposed Site for a Dam on the Missouri River at Big Bend,” February 1930
25 Leonard, A. G., “Geological Report on Formations Which Occur Along the Missouri River in North Dakota,” April 28, 1930
26 Leonard, A. G., “The Continental Ice Sheet and Its Influence on the Surface Features of North Dakota,” read before a meeting of the Fortnightly Club 1903-1904
27 Leonard, A. G., “North Dakota Animals and Plants of the Past,” n.d.
28 Leonard, A. G., “Origin of the North Dakota Lignite Beds,” n.d.
29 Leonard, A. G., “Stark County Coal Beds,” n.d.
30 Leonard’s Coal Survey Work and Analysis 1906, 1920
31 Leonard’s Stratigraphy Material 1908, 1922
32 Leonard’s Material on Glacial Formations 1916-1918
33 Leonard, A. G., “The Ray Quadrangle,” Notes and manuscript 1918-1919
34 Leonard’s Maps of Southwestern North Dakota
35 Leonard’s Diagrams of Coal Beds in the Medora Area
36 Abstracts of Papers Made by or for Leonard 1883-1890
37 Zenith Lignite Mines, Stark County 1914-1927
38 Correspondence with Frank Leverett 1907, 1916; Leverett, Frank, The Water Resources of Illinois, U.S. Geological Survey 1896
39 Leonard’s Correspondence Regarding the Bismarck Quadrangle 1909-1911
40 Leonard’s Correspondence 1903-1923
41 Leonard’s Correspondence 1924-1932
42 Letters and News clippings regarding Leonard’s death Dec. 17, 1932
43 Hult, Gottfried. “Arthur Gray Leonard – A Tribute,” The Quarterly Journal, University of North Dakota, Vol. 23, Nos. 3 and 4, 1932-1933
44 Leonard Hall, University of North Dakota booklets
45 Morison, George S., Engineer and Superintendent of the Bismarck Bridge. “The Bismarck Bridge: A Report to A. Anderson, Engineer in Chief of the Northern Pacific Railroad,” 1886
46 Stanton, T. W. “A Cretaceous Volcanic Ash Bed on the Great Plains in North Dakota.”
47 Dove, L. P. and H. N. Eaton. “Geology and Lignite Resources of the White Earth River District of North Dakota.”
48 Eaton, Harry N. “The Geology and Coal Resources of the Noonan-Minot Region,” n.d.
49 “Earth’s Crust or the Evolution of Land Forms: A Compilation of Current Thought,” n.d.
50 Howard E. Simpson – A Biography
51 Simpson’s Field Notebook: Mohall Gas Survey 1919
52 Simpson’s Correspondence Regarding Mohall Gas Area and Water Wells 1916-1934
53 Mohall Area Gas and Oil Wells 1919, 1928
54 Oil and Gas Wells in North Dakota 1921-1931
55 Data on Gas Wells in North Dakota

Box 5:
1 Simpson’s Oil Shale Activity Materials 1917-1925
2 Simpson’s Directives on Artesian Water Wells 1923
3 Simpson’s Correspondence Regarding the Ground Water Resources of the Mississippi Basin 1934
4 Simpson’s Report on the Ground Water Resources of the Mississippi River Basin, to the Water Resources Section, National Resources Board, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Oct. 13, 1934
5 Simpson’s Report on the Ground Water Resources of the United States, to the Water Resources Section, National Resources Board, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Oct. 25, 1934
6 Simpson’s Report on Change in the Ground Water Levels in the Red River and Middle Missouri River Basins, to the Mississippi Valley Committee, Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works Aug. 11, 1934
7 Simpson, Howard E. “Geologic Accomplishments in North Dakota in 1934,” North Dakota Engineer, University of North Dakota Jan. 1935
8 Simpson’s Correspondence 1921-1937
9 “The Geography of My Home Town of Adams, Walsh County” by Andrew G. Alpha Jan. 11 1934, prepared for Dr. H. E. Simpson
10 Allen, J. C. “Progress Report of Gold Survey and Investigation Under Federal Emergency Relief Administration Project S-F2-55”; Augustadt, Walter, “Gold Investigation Project S-F2-55: Report on Field Methods 1935”
11 Barger, Thomas C. “Prospecting for Gold in North Dakota,” Circular No. 9 Division of Mines and Mining Experiments, Feb. 1937
12 “Gold Bearing Sands” in Mineral Resources Report to the Governor and 25th Legislative Assembly Jan. 4, 1937
13 North Dakota State Planning Board Mineral Resources Report 1937
14 Voedisch, Frederich, “Instructions for Well Gage Observers in North Dakota,” Oct. 15, 1937
15 Foley, Frank C. “The North Dakota Geological Survey – Its Accomplishments and Proposed Program,” Jan. 25, 1939
16 Frank C. Foley – Correspondence Regarding Gas and Oil Prospects in North Dakota 1939-1940
17 Frank C. Foley-Wilson Laird Correspondence 1941-1955; Foley-C. B. Folsom Correspondence 1977
18 Laird, Wilson M. 22nd and 23rd Biennial Reports of the North Dakota Geological Survey 1941-1945
19 Laird, Wilson M. “Program for the North Dakota Geological Survey 1943-1945
20 Laird, Wilson M. “Activities of the Department of Geology and North Dakota Geological Survey” 1946
21 Laird, Wilson M. State Geological Survey for the American Year Book 1943
22 Laird, Wilson M. State Geological Surveys 1946
23 Laird, Wilson M. State Geological Surveys 1947-1949
24 Laird, Wilson M. Observations on the Annual State Geological Surveys 1942, 1945-1947
25 Association of American State Geologists Questionnaire 1943-1950
26 Laird, Wilson M. Report of the State Geologist to the State Water Conservation Commission on the Underground Water Program 1946
27 Laird, Wilson M. Memorandum for Governor Jon Moses
28 Laird, Wilson M. Report of the State Geologist 1950
29 Laird, Wilson M. North Dakota Geological Survey Program 1952
30 Laird, Wilson M. “History of the Geology Department at the University of North Dakota,” 1954
31 Geiger, Louis and Wilson Laird. “History of the Department of Geology of the University of North Dakota and the North Dakota Geological Survey,” 1957
32 Memorandum Brief of Amerada Petroleum Corporation Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool Spacing Wells 1952
33 Transcript of Hearing: Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells Jan. 16-18, 1952, pp. 1-170
34 Transcript of Hearing: Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells Jan. 16-18, 1952, pp. 171-350
35 Transcript of Hearing: Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells Jan. 16-18, 1952, pp. 351-477
36 Special Briefs in Hearing of Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells Jan. 16-18
37 Testimony of Charles S. Agey Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool, Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells, Jan. 16, 1952
38 Testimony of R. J. Andress Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool, Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells, Jan. 16, 1952
39 Testimony of John G. Bartram Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool, Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells, Jan. 16, 1952
40 Testimony of Ralph O. Dieter Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool, Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells, Jan. 16, 1952
41 Testimony of C. V. Millikan Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool, Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells, Jan. 16, 1952
42 Testimony of Martin G. Miller Regarding Beaver Lodge Madison Pool, Amerada Petroleum Corporation Application for Spacing of Wells, Jan. 16, 1952
43 Walter O. Burk’s House Bill 699, Creation of a State Oil and Gas Commission; Burk’s Criticism of Wilson M. Laird 1956-1959
44 News clippings Regarding Walter O. Burk’s Attack on Wilson M. Laird 1959
45 Preliminary Planning for UNDIGR Expedition to Martin River Glacier 1961
46 Correspondence Regarding Aerial Photographs of Martin River Glacier 1961-1962
47 UNDIGR Expedition to Martin River Glacier – Wilson Laird Correspondence 1962-1963
48 Correspondence with the Martin River Glacier Expedition 1962
49 Wilson Laird Miscellaneous Materials
50 Department of Geology, University of North Dakota brochures
51 Beta Zeta Chapter History and Department of Geology at the University of North Dakota 1964
52 North Dakota Natural Resources Council 1961-1975
53 Oil Exploration in North Dakota 1971
54 Miscellaneous

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