North Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Beth H. Bauman and Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the North Dakota Family History Research series.
History of North Dakota
North Dakota Vital Records
Census Records for North Dakota
Background Sources for North Dakota
North Dakota Maps
North Dakota Land Records
North Dakota Probate Records
North Dakota Court Records
North Dakota Tax Records
North Dakota Cemetery Records
North Dakota Church Records
North Dakota Military Records
North Dakota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
North Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
North Dakota Naturalization
Ethnic Groups of North Dakota
North Dakota County Resources
Map of North Dakota

State Archives and Historical Research Library

State Historical Society of North Dakota
12 E. Blvd. Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0179

The archives and historical research library is operated as one unit by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and holds several categories of records that are discussed elsewhere. The staff will do a limited search in censuses and newspapers if specific information is known. Guide to the North Dakota State Archives (Bismarck, N.Dak.: State Historical Society of North Dakota, North Dakota Heritage Center, 1985) is available to assist in using the library's collection.

Many of the territorial records for the Dakotas are housed at the State Archives of North Dakota including Dakota Territorial Papers (1877'86), the Office of Indian Affairs Correspondence for the years 1824 through 1887, and the Indian Treaty negotiations between 1801 and 1869.

North Dakota State Library

Liberty Memorial Bldg.
Capitol Grounds
Bismarck, ND 58505

The State Library holds printed volumes of source materials, as it is the primary library and coordinates the various libraries throughout the state. While its collection for genealogical research is limited, it does have county histories and other similar printed sources that circulate on interlibrary loan.

Chester Fritz Library

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9000

The family history room holds a variety of national and North Dakota printed source materials in addition to those cited in various sections above.

North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies

North Dakota State University Library
Fargo, ND 58105

Manuscript sources here constitute one of the major collections in the state and include the Germans from Russia collection. They also have a biography index and access to the index for the Fargo Forum newspaper.

Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 485
Bismarck, ND 58502-0485

As one of three genealogical societies producing publications, this association makes state research possible through the Historical Research Library. Other societies at Fargo (Red River Valley Genealogical Society and Minot (Mouse River Loop Genealogical Society have a more limited scope.

Bismarck Family History Center

1500 County W. Rd.
Bismarck, ND 58503

This is the main branch and one of eight family history centers of the FHL in North Dakota. Since the state has few archives and libraries that contain genealogical materials, the state's family history centers are an important resource for access to microfilm from the library in Salt Lake City.

The North Dakota State Genealogical Society website offers Internet addresses for other genealogical societies in the state.