Institute Finding Aids: Women

  • Anderson, Elizabeth Preston (Mss 653)
    The Elizabeth Preston Anderson Papers document the life and activities of a woman who „influenced North Dakota politics by resisting efforts to reintroduce liquor to a dry state, by battling along with the suffragists to obtain the vote for North Dakota women, and by espousing a rigid moral program.‟ Her papers have been organized into four series: Correspondence, Autobiography, Histories, Pamphlets and Brochures, Speeches, Western Womanhood, and White Ribbon Bulletin.
  • Boleyn, Angela (Women’s Sports Club Of Fargo) (Mss 350)
    The Women’s Sports Club of Fargo Series consists of fifty-three unbound pages of handwritten text by Angela Boleyn including but not limited to the history, activities, including informal minutes, Constitution, songs, tournament results, newspaper clippings and seventy-six photographic prints of the Women’s Sports Club of Fargo, North Dakota.

    The Angela Boleyn Series includes twenty-two items consisting of later dated scrapbook pages, newspaper clippings, and eight photographs related to Angela Boleyn who was acting in the capacity of historian for the Women’s Sports Club. The photographs are of Angela Boleyn, who also worked for The Fargo Forum as a reporter and was editor of The North Dakota Clubwoman.

  • Bovard, Jane (Mss 313)
    The Jane Bovard papers contain materials involving four organizations with which Bovard was involved: North Dakota Council for a Legal Safe Abortion, Fargo Women's Health Organization, Citizens for a Real Choice, and Red River Women's Clinic. In addition to records from these organizations, the papers contain a large collection of newspaper clippings in three formats: originals, photocopies, and clippings that were assembled into scrapbooks by Bovard, FWHO staff, and organization members.
  • Brennan, Angela J. Stott (Mss 238)
    The Angela Stott Brennan Papers document her life, her husbands and children, and the Midway Service station of Adrian, N.D. which she and her husband operated. The correspondence includes letters from servicemen including James Murray in Vietnam (1969-1970). The majority of the collection consists of school, military service and other personal documents of family members from the 1950s into the 1970s.
  • Burt, Georgie Rose (Mss 231)
    While on the staff of Fargo Hospital, Dr. Burt developed the first adolescent medical program in North Dakota.
  • Buttery, Catherine (Mss 351)
    The Catherine Buttery Throlson Scrapbooks document her life from 1931 to 1935 while attending Warwick High School and Mayville State Teachers College. The scrapbooks are a window to a young woman’s life in rural North Dakota during the Great Depression.
  • Callahan, Irma (Mss 200)
    Active in local and national politics and was a delegate to the National Democratic Primary in 1956.
  • Chisholm, Anna (Mss 118)
    The Anna Chisholm Papers document the life and travels of this long-time Fargo resident. Her diaries cover from 1939 to 1950 with an entry for almost every day relating her daily activities. The correspondence is primarily her sponsoring a French war orphan after World War I. Other documents show her involvement with various organizations and her travels to the Eastern United States, Gaspé Peninsula, Mayo Clinic, Moscow, Idaho, and the Southern United States, 1940.
  • Craig, Minnie D. (Mss 282)
    Minnie Craig was elected in 1923 to the North Dakota House of Representatives where she served for six terms, culminating in 1933, as the first woman speaker of a House of Representatives in the nation. The Minnie D. Craig Papers consists mainly of her handwritten autobiography and two scrapbooks. The 99 page autobiography is incomplete and ends about 1946. The first scrapbook of newspaper clippings deals with Mrs. Craig’s political career in North Dakota, while the other deals with the Craig family
  • Diede, Pauline Neher (Mss 173)
    The Pauline Neher Diede papers include documents relating to Diede's writing career. Primary among these are clippings of her columns and articles in The Hebron Herald dealing primarily with North Dakota pioneer life and her Germans from Russia heritage. There are also journalistic awards and reviews of her books.
  • Eagles, Aloha (Mss 251)
    The Aloha Eagles Papers document her long and distinguished career as a state legislator, serving in the N.D. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1985 and her active support of women's issues. She introduced legislation that would have legalized North Dakota's abortion law in 1969 and in 1973 she introduced a resolution in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Early, Marie (Mss 6 and Mss 1556)
    The Earl C. and Marie Early Reineke Papers, both Fargo natives, document his interests in radios that turned into the founding of WDAY. Marie Early Reineke, who had been a professional model in New York City, operated the Early School of Dance in Fargo. Her scrapbook documents her modeling career and the dance school. Their papers also document their civil involvement in Fargo and the region.
  • Hohncke, Stella (Mss 165)
    Fargo, N.D. poet and editor. The Stella H. Hohncke Papers document her active literary career, the author of plays, short stories, poems, and speeches. The Anna Thorsell articles written by Stella Hohncke, one of which appeared in The Fargo Forum, discuss Mrs. Thorsell's childhood on her father's farm in Denmark and her work in the Danish royal family's kitchens in Copenhagen. There are also scrapbooks on Stell’a life and of the Hohncke family.
  • Hollister, Joanna Randolph Kelley (Mss 4)
    Mrs. Hollister was a Devils Lake, North Dakota farmer and activist. The collection contains some letters, wedding announcement, memorial pamphlet for husband Clark W. Kelley, passport, and pages from scrapbook documenting her farming career and organization involvement.
  • Jardine, Agnes Bishop (Mss 20)
    North Dakotan deeply involved in music clubs on the local and national levels and served as President of the National Federation of Music Clubs.
  • Kelsey, Vera (Mss 11)
    An accomplished journalist and author, Vera Kelsey's papers document her writing career through the manuscripts and research notes for her last four books, British Columbia Rides a Star, Red River Runs North!, Tomorrow is for You, and Young Men So Daring. For British Columbia Rides a Star it includes her travel notes from four trips around British Columbia.
  • Kuhn, Madalyn (Mss 214)
    The Madalyn Kuhn Papers contains her diaries while living in the Lisbon and Fargo-West Fargo, N.D. area. She kept a daily diary from 1932, when the author was 14, through 2000. From a researcher’s point of view, the diaries offer invaluable information on life in North Dakota, growing up in the 1930s, teen issues, social life, entertainment (especially movies), fashion, finances, diet and nutrition, dating, working conditions for single women, widowhood, single mother issues, and weather. The collection is organized into four series: Diaries, Typed Transcripts, Financial Journals, and School Papers.
  • Leroy, Elizabeth (Mss 281)
    Elizabeth Leroy, long-time Fargo, N.D. resident, kept personal diaries beginning in 1925 to her death, documenting her daily life and experiences. There are also financial diaries for many years. The other significant series in this collection is the large number of short stories and essays that were written by Leroy throughout her life.
  • Lindgren, H. Elaine (Mss 292 & Tapes 537-563 & Oversize Collection 4)
    Research papers of NDSU Sociology professor H. Elaine Lindgren related primarily to her books Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders in North Dakota, "Coal, Cuba, and Courage: The Adventuresome Spirit of Annie C. Lind," Work Makes Life Sweet, Or Does It?, and The Rural Mystique. The Land in Her Own Name files contain extensive research and documents related to women homesteaders in North Dakota.
  • Lobben Sisters (Mss 18)
    The Lobben sisters were three Fargo residents who all taught in the Fargo school systems. Clara Lobben was the first principal at Ben Franklin School.
  • McLeod, Katherine (Sorlie) (Mss 246)
    North Dakota educator, Katherine Sorlie McLeod's papers consist, for the most part, of letters written to Mrs. McLeod, including from William George Fanning while stationed in Texas during World War I. The papers also include a few letters that Mrs. McLeod wrote, grade school report cards, teacher contracts, graduation announcements, a draft of what appears to be a school skit and a poem describing a class camping trip. The papers have been organized into two series, Letters and General Files.
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  • Morgan, Sylvia (Mss286)
    Ms. Morgan (aka Sylvia Kruger) was active in the Democratic Party, was a delegate to the 1968 National Convention, a supporter of Eugene McCarthy.
    The Sylvia Morgan Papers concentrate on her political activities in Fargo and North Dakota from 1964 until the 1972 election, and her establishment and development of the Women‟s Studies program at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She attended the Democratic National Convention at Chicago in 1968 as a delegate. The majority of the convention papers are from the Rules and Order of Convention Committee, where she represented North Dakota's opposition to Unit Rule voting and support of withdrawal from Vietnam. Other subjects covered include the Antiballistic Missile System (ABM), presidential candidates Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern, the North Dakota Democratic Party, and women's issues of the 1980s.
  • Nalewaja, Donna (Acc. 2594)
    The Donna Nalewaja Papers consist primarily of her personal papers related to her political campaigns for election to the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1982 and her successful election to the North Dakota Senate in 1986. The papers also include some material related to her unsuccessful race for the United States Senate in 1998. The most substantive records are the scrapbooks that cover from her initial campaign in 1982 up to 1997 as well as her work in the North Dakota Legislature.
  • Nelson, Eva (Memoirs) (Mss 218)
    After teaching for thirty years in North Dakota, Eva Nelson wrote her memoirs, starting with her earliest recollections and continue in great detail until 1940. From 1940 to the late 1950s, she provides highlights of her activities rather than the detailed description of everyday life found in the first narratives. In the last three chapters of her narrative, Eva gives a synopsis of her life from the mid-1950s to the early 1990s. She used her diaries, surviving letters, and her memory to create the narrative. These diaries and other supporting papers were later donated and processed as Manuscript collection 293.
  • Nelson, Eva (Papers) (Mss 293)
    Includes Eva Nelson's diaries, letters and other documents used to write her memoirs (Mss 218) documenting her life and long teaching career in North Dakota.
  • North Dakota Centenarian Study Interviews (Accession 2973)
    The North Dakota Centenarian Study Interviews consists of seven video interviews, done as a grant-funded project administered by Dr. Greg Sanders of the NDSU Department of Child Development and Family Science, and Candace Philbrick conducted the actual interviews. Each interview, conducted in 1999, consists of a single VHS tape Those interviewed include Katherine Fallett, Hilda Jacobson, Jeanette Kennedy,William Mueller,Hazel Patton, Belle Thomas, and Grace H. Wahl.
  • North Dakota Extension Homemakers Council. Oral History Project. Memories Of North Dakota Homemakers (Mss 262 & Tapes 361-513)
    The records of the North Dakota Extension Homemakers Council’s Memories of North Dakota Homemakers Oral History Project document the memories of North Dakota homemakers across the state. The files include administrative files, tapes and transcripts of interviews done in every North Dakota county, original versions of the books, original versions of chapters that were not included in the books, and copies of the three books that were created by the project.
  • O'Keefe, Miss (Mss 532)
    Miss O'Keefe is the author of a typed Manuscript, entitled “Pioneer History of North Dakota.” It contains material on Indians, including the Minnesota Massacre episode, Chief Gall, Jumping Bear, Sitting Bull, Indian agents and army campaigns. There is material on pioneer life, especially on women, including Fanny Kelly, Mrs. Charles Cavalier, Sarah Thal, Mrs. A.C. Wehe, Vera Bliss, Kate Rafferty and others. There's material on J.J. Hill, Moses Armstrong, Cyrus McCormick, Nick Huffman, J. Gillfillan, and Budge and Winship. Also covered are blizzards, relay stations, schools, high priced supplies, ox carts, railroads, bonanza farms, and statehood.
  • Olson, Alice K. (Mss 356, Audio cassettes 221-226 & 236-238)
    The Alice Olson Papers and accompanying oral history interview provide us with a view of an extremely energetic feminist agent of social change and consciousness during the turbulent years of the 1960s and into the early 1980s. We can see how she interacted with people and politics on a local and national level to bring women into politics as more than just observers of the process, for them to be activists for causes that would elevate women‘s rights to a higher level than they had previously attained. Her details of her arrest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and personal observations on this event that was of national historical significance are invaluable additions to available research on this topic.
  • Olson, Gertrude (Mss 301)
    The papers of Gertrude Olson (Sullivan) are comprised entirely of letters received in 1918 and 1919. The majority of these letters are from male friends then at camps around the country, including her future husband, though some are from the battle lines in France. In addition to outstanding depictions of camp living, there are some excellent documentations of daily life.
  • Pearce, Gladys M. (Mss 845)
    Her manuscript "Claimed by the Prairies" (187 p.) covers the life of her grandmother Winnie Winston Nicholls (1830-1914) dealing particularly with her life after 1873 as a Bismarck pioneer. Among people mentioned are Alexander McKenzie, Dennis Hannifin, Calamity Jane, General Custer, the horse, Comanche, William Latimer, Dr. E.P. Quain, Linda Slaughter, and the Marquis de Mores. Described are travel by covered wagon, Fort Seward (Jamestown), gambling halls, the removal of the capital to Bismarck, the 1898 fire, Negro settlements, statehood, Camp Hancock, early schools, social life of Bismarck, scenes in early Montana and many other subjects.
  • Pollock, Christine Corse (Mss 9)
    The Christine Corse Pollock Family Papers include letters written to Mrs. Pollock while she was in school in Racine, Wisconsin in 1871-1872. There are also numerous compositions written by Mrs. Pollock while in Racine High School. Also included is daughter Mina Pollock's 1901 Physics Record book and some 7th grade schoolwork of son (Judge) John S. Pollock (1900). There are two speeches or articles by Mrs. Pollock entitled “Women's Rights as a Citizen", and "Chinese and Japanese in the United States."
  • Porterville, Myrtle (Mss 296)
    Griggs County, N.D. native and resident whose avocation was collecting the history of Griggs County, amassing an amazing collection on the county's history and the people who lived there. The collection is a major genealogical resource for Griggs County.
  • Putnam, Grace Brown (Mss 110)
    New York native and University of North Dakota graduate Grace Brown Putnam was a school teacher and editor of Prairie Wings, the official publication of the North Dakota Poetry Society. The correspondence is almost exclusively letters written by Mrs. Putnam to Henry Martinson concerning the publication of Prairie Wings. Also includes newspaper clippings regarding Grace Putnam’s election as president of Prairie Wings, the launch of its poetry magazine, general information on the operations and purpose of the group, announcements regarding Col. Paul S. Bliss’ speaking engagements at one of the poetry society’s meetings.
  • Raaen, Aagot (Mss 177) (Mss 177)
    The Aagot Raaen Papers consist of photocopies of the original papers at the Hatton-Eielson Museum and Historical Association, copied with their permission. Her diaries from Sept. 1939 to Sept. 1941 are very detailed, documenting her teaching in the Newburgh community, personal feelings, and social affairs. The handwritten 1873-1938 "diary" (ca. 42 leaves) as Raaen called it, is more accurately a chronology of her life and of the Raaen family compiled many years later. The family papers include letters received by her mother Ragnhild, and her father Thomas’s files include a poem and love letters he wrote in Norway. Aagot Raaen's was very interested in researching and writing local history, some of which was published in newspapers and periodicals, that document the people and their way of life in the entirely Norwegian immigrant community of Newburgh Township in Steele County, N.D.
  • Raaen, Aagot (Mss 8) (Mss 8)
    The Aagot Raaen Papers contain research material and manuscripts for her book "Grass of the Earth", correspondence including letters sent to the teachers and school officers by Miss Raaen while she was the Superintendent of Schools of Steele County, N.D., research on the the Hamarsbøn family in Norway and America, and several articles written by Raaen.
  • Reineke, Earl C. (Mss 6 and Mss 1556)
    The Earl C. and Marie Early Reineke Papers, both Fargo natives, document his interests in radios that turned into the founding of WDAY. Marie Early Reineke, who had been a professional model in New York City, operated the Early School of Dance in Fargo. Her scrapbook documents her modeling career and the dance school. Their papers also document their civil involvement in Fargo and the region.
  • Sand, Prudence Gearey (Mss 230)
    Fargo native with long time association with the National League of American Pen Women. The Prudence Gearey Sand Papers consist, for the most part, of her poetry. The collection also contains a few essays by her, a collection of sayings and epigrams by her and others, a small collection of lists that she compiled and a small collection of correspondence. The poetry deals with various topics. There are descriptions of sunrises and of seasons. There are considerations of nature, wisdom, the soul and brotherhood. Some of the poems are very personal, talking about frustrations with other people, her relationship with her mother, and the pain of unrequited love. Mrs. Sand did complete multiple versions of some poems and these poems deal with topics like the nature of life on earth from a rather cosmic perspective, the circumstance of a poor artistic couple, and the changes that the contemplation of nature can bring about.
  • Trinka, Zdena (Mss 3)
    North Dakota native and author who escaped the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia while on an official visit. The Zdena Trinka Papers consist of biographical material, a letter to Russell Reid of the State Historical Society of North Dakota critical of his involvement in the NBC television movie on the Marquis de Mores and her book Medora. There is a 470-page typed draft of an unpublished work entitled "Colorful Czechoslovakia." It is a descriptive work on the history, towns, country and life styles in Czechoslovakia. The remaining two manuscripts are copies and are each only six pages in length. "The Gift of Gifts" concerns an old man, Uncle Michael and his death. "Hitler's nearing Death," uses the Bible of Kralice to interpret the political turmoil of the late 1930s and in particular Adolph Hitler.
  • Tuff, Eileen (Mss 235)
    Iowa native whose family settled near Rugby, North Dakota in 1899. Eileen Tuff kept diaries of her life on the farm, spanning from 1920 to 1947. Her diaries give us a detailed description of life on a farm in North Dakota during the first half of the twentieth century. They show how independent the family was, especially in terms of growing their own food.
  • Tyler, Annie Dwight (Mss 256)
    The Annie Dwight Tyler Powers document her business career particularly after her husband's death to include personal investment and financial records which give a very detailed look at her own business affairs from about 1910 to the closing of her estate in 1944.
  • Walters, Anne (Mss 171)
    A prized playwright and dramatist from Webster, North Dakota who wrote several full length plays and books. Includes her works 'Choice' which is the story of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and 'I Remember, I Remember,' a story of a North Dakota childhood. There are also her poetry files, numerous manuscript stories. The 'Anecdotage' manuscript documents memories of a North Dakota childhood which include homesteading, prairie schooner, the threshers, a country school, Cando and Starkweather, N.D., "Yust overs," the dry years, remembering mama, Maud Muller, the claim shack near Cando, farm life, a woman's life on the prairie, travelers coming by covered wagons and trains, harvesting, Dunkard settlement, living away from home so Anne could attend high school, the railroads, horses, wagons, and sleighs, the immigrants, drought, college years and World War I.
  • Watkins, Grace V. (Mss 233)
    Fargo teacher and musician who was also a prolific writer and member of the National League of American Pen Women. The Grace Watkins papers includes her diaries that cover the years 1921-1928. During this period Miss Watkins graduated from high school, attended Jamestown College and graduate school at the University of Iowa. The entries are largely Miss Watkins’ personal experiences as a high school and college student. Along with her personal experiences readers get a sense of the culture of North Dakota during the 1920s and a North Dakota perspective on some of the historical developments of the time.
  • Weible, Mary D. (Mss 620)
    One of the first women graduates from North Dakota Agricultural College who was involved in the Fargo Opera House. Her small collection of papers include several newspaper clippings on Mrs. Weible well as her mother's obituary and her brother, Frank's. The interview by Leonard Sackett in 1956 concerns the Weible family and their farm at Hunter, N.D. as well as on Dr. Ralph E. Weible and the Darrow family.
  • Wilder, Kate Selby (Mss 367)
    Kate Selby Wilder was active in civic affairs in Fargo as well as state and nationally. In 1919 she was elected to the Fargo City Commission, being the first woman in North Dakota to hold such a position. The Kate Selby Wilder Papers are an eclectic collection of documents related to her life, as well as the Selby and Wilder families. The collection has been arranged by the type of document. All of the files are quite small and give only a brief look into Mrs. Wilder’s life.
  • Women’s Sports Club Of Fargo, North Dakota (Mss 350)
    The Women’s Sports Club of Fargo Series consists of fifty-three unbound pages of handwritten text by Angela Boleyn including but not limited to the history, activities, including informal minutes, Constitution, songs, tournament results, newspaper clippings and seventy-six photographic prints of the Women’s Sports Club of Fargo, North Dakota.

    The Angela Boleyn Series includes twenty-two items consisting of later dated scrapbook pages, newspaper clippings, and eight photographs related to Angela Boleyn who was acting in the capacity of historian for the Women’s Sports Club. The photographs are of Angela Boleyn, who also worked for The Fargo Forum as a reporter and was editor of The North Dakota Clubwoman.