North Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
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.
Liberty Memorial Bldg.
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.
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 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.
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 www.fargocity.com/~rrvgs/htmls/links.htm) and Minot (Mouse River Loop Genealogical Society www.mrlgs-nd.org) have a more limited scope.
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 www.rootsweb.com/~ndsgs offers Internet addresses for other genealogical societies in the state.