Authors and Their Works
Images of America: North Dakota. Arcadia Pub, 2000.
North Dakota Postcards, 1900-1930. Arcadia Pub, 2000.
Albers, Everett C. and D. Jerome Tweton, eds.
The Way It Was: The North Dakota Frontier Experience. Grass Roots Press.
The Sod-busters. Grass Roots Press, 1996.
Norwegian Homesteaders. Grass Roots Press, 1998.
The Cowboys & Ranchers. Grass Roots Press,1999.
Germans from Russia Settlers. Grass Roots Press,1999.
Native People, Grass Roots Press, 2002.
The Townspeople, Grass Roots Press, 2003.
Anderson, Kathie Ryckman
Dakota: The Literary Heritage of the Northern Prairie State. Univ. of North Dakota Press, 1990.
Barbour, Barton H.
Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade. Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2001.
Biek, Robert F.
A Visitor's Guide to the North Dakota Capitol Grounds. State Historical Society of ND, 1995.
Bluemle, John P.
The Face of North Dakota. 3d ed. Educational Series 26. ND Geological Society, 2000.
Casler, Michael M.
Original Journal of Charles Larpenteur: My Travels to the Rocky Mountains Between 1833 and 1872. The Fur Press, 2007.
Terrible Justice: Sioux Chiefs and U.S. Soldiers on the Upper Missouri, 1854-1868. The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2012.
Fort Abraham Lincoln: Dakota Territory. Schiffer, 2008.
Conrad, Charles, and Joyce Conrad
50 Years North Dakota Farmers Union. 1976.
Coomber, James, and Sheldon Green
Magnificent Churches on the Prairie. ND Institue for Regional Studies, 1996.
Unwanted Bread: The Challenge of Farming and Ranching. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2000.
Cooper, Jerry, and Glenn Smith
Citizens as Soldiers: A History of the North Dakota National Guard. Univ. of Nebraska, 2005.
Bitter Harvest: Gordon Kahl and the Posse Comitatus - Murder in the Heartland. 1995; rep., new foreword by Mike Jacobs, ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2005.
Daley, Janet, ed.
A 'nicina'be Manido' minesikan: Chippewa Beadwork. State Historical Society of ND, 1996.
Birds and Mammals Observed by Lewis & Clark in North Dakota. State Historical Society of ND, 1999.
Sacred Beauty: Quillwork of Plains Women. State Historical Society of ND, 1998.
Going It Alone: Fargo Grapples with the Great Depression. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005.
Our Purpose Is to Serve: The First Century of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1990.
Danbom, David, and Claire Strom
Fargo, North Dakota, 1870-1940. Arcadia Publishing, 2002.
Drache, Hiram M.
The Challenge of the Prairie. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1970.
The Day of the Bonanza: A History of Bonanza Farming in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1964.
Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America. Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2011.
Dreyer, David, and Josette Hatter
From the Banat to North Dakota; A History of the German-Hungarian Pioneers in Western North Dakota. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2006.
Duebbert, Harold F., ed.
Wildfowling in Dakota, 1873-1903: Old-Time Duck and Goose Shooting on the Dakota Prairies. Windfeather, 2003.
Geiger, Louis George
University of the Northern Plains: A History of the University of North Dakota. UND Press, 1958.
Geist, Troyd A.
Faces of Identity, Hands of Skill: Folk Arts in North Dakota. ND Council on the Arts, 1997.
Sundogs & Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains. ND Council on the Arts, 2011.
Glassheim, Eliot, ed.
From the Wellspring: Faith, Soil, Tradition. ND Museum of Art, 1999.
Gudmundson, Wayne, and Robert Silberman
The Promise of Water: The Garrison Diversion Project. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2002.
Settlers' Children: Growing Up on the Great Plains. Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
Read This Only to Yourself: The Private Writings of Midwest Women, 1880-1910. Indiana Univ. Press, 1995.
Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier, 1870-1930. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005.
Abandoned North Dakota: Weathered by Time. Arcadia Publishing SC, 2019
Heidenreich-Barber, Virginia, ed.
Aristocracy on the Western Frontier: The Legacy of the Marquis de Mores. State Historical Society of ND, 1994.
North Dakota's Former Governors' Mansion: Its History and Preservation. State Historical Society of ND, 1991.
Henke, Warren A., and Everett Albers
The Legacy of North Dakota's Country Schools. ND Humanities Council, 1998.
Henke, Warren A.
Prairie Politics: Parties and Platforms in North Dakota: 1889-1914. State Historical Society of ND, 1974.
Trees and Shrubs for the Northern Plains. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1965.
Hoganson, John W. and Edward C. Murphy
Geology of The Lewis and Clark Trail in North Dakota. Mountain Press, 2003.
Howard, Thomas W., ed.
The North Dakota Political Tradition. Iowa State Univ. Press, 1981.
Strange Empire: Louis Riel and the Métis People. Lorimer, James & Co., 1974.
Hunter, William C.
Beacon Across the Prairie, North Dakota's Land Grant College. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1961.
Custom Combining on the Great Plains: A History. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1987.
Jenkinson, Clay S.
Becoming Jefferson's People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century. Marmarth Press, 2005.
The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness. 2000; rev. ed, Dakota Institute Press, 2010.
A Free and Hardy Life: Theodore Roosevelt's Sojourn in the American West. Dakota Institute Press, 2011.
A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806. State Historical Society of ND, 2003.
Wingshooter's Guide to North Dakota Upland Birds and Waterfowl. Wilderness Adventure Press, 1997.
Kloberdanz, Timothy J., and Troyd A. Geist
Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains. ND Council on the Arts, 2011.
Lamar, Howard Roberts
Dakota Territory 1861-1889: A Study of Frontier Politics. 1956; rep., ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1996.
Libby, Orin G., ed.
The Arikara Narrative of the Campaign Against the Hostile Dakotas, June, 1876. ND Historical Collections, Vol. 6, 1920; rep., 1976; rep., Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1998.
Lindgren, H. Elaine
Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders in North Dakota. 1991; rep., Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
Voices on the Prairie: Bringing Speech and Theatre to North Dakota. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1998.
Lysengen, Janet Daley, and Ann M. Rathke, eds.
The Centennial Anthology of North Dakota History. State Historical Society of ND, 1996.
Prairie Patterns: Folk Arts in North Dakota. ND Council on the Arts, 1989.
Morlan, Robert Loren
Political Prairie Fire: The National Non-Partisan League, 1915-1922. 1955; rep., 1974; rep., Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1985.
Murray, Stanley Norman
The Valley Comes of Age: A History of Agriculture in the Valley of the Red River of the North. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1967.
Newgard, Thomas P., William C. Sherman, and John Guerrero
African Americans in North Dakota. Univ. of Mary Press, 1994.
North Dakota Blue Books. North Dakota Secretary of State, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011.
North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2009.
Olstad, Geneva Roth
Main Street, North Dakota, volumes I and II. Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
Insurgents. Lakeland Color Press, 1961.
Spooky, Creepy North Dakota. Schiffer Publishing, 2010.
Fargo 1957: An Elegy. Published by the ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2010.
Ramberg, Patsy Knalson, ed.The Farm at Pony Gulch: Michael and Anna Sophia (Witt) Baier Come to America and Homestead in North Dakota, 1883-1926. Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Library, 2012.
Rathke, Ann M.
Lady, If You Go Into Politics, Women Legislators,1923-1989. Sweetgrass Communications, 1992.
Reid, Bill G.
Five for the Land and Its People. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1989.
Robinson, Elwyn B.
History of North Dakota. 1966; rep., with new material by D. Jerome Tweton and David B. Danbom, ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1995.
Ronda, James P.
Lewis and Clark among the Indians. Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1984.
Butterflies of North Dakota. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1986.
Schneider, Mary Jane
North Dakota Indians: An Introduction. Kendall Hunt, 1994.
The Way to Independence. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1987.
Mammals of North Dakota. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2011.
Severson, Keith, and Carolyn Hull Sieg
Nature of Eastern North Dakota: Pre-1880 Historical Ecology. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2006.
Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City. Borealis Books, 2004.
Sherman, William C.
Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1983.
Sherman, William C., and Playford V. Thorson, eds.
Plains Folk: North Dakota's Ethnic History. ND Instiute for Regional Studies, 1987.
Sherman, William C., Paul L. Whitney, and John Guerrero
Prairie Peddlers: The Syrian-Lebanese in North Dakota. Univ. of Mary Press, 2002.
Roots of Success: History of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers. ND Instiute for Regional Studies, 1997.
"You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me": Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 2008.
They Were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War, 1942- 1954. 164th Infantry, 2010.
Snortland, J. Signe, ed.
A Traveler's Companion to North Dakota State Historic Sites. 2d ed. State Historical Society of ND, 2002.
Stevens, O. A.
Handbook of North Dakota Plants. ND Institute for Regional Studies, 1963.
Stock, Catherine McNicol
Main Street in Crisis: The Great Depression and the Old Middle Class on the Northern Plains. Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1992.
Birds of The Dakotas: Field Guide. AdventurePublications, 2003.
Utley, Robert M.
Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western
Military Frontier. Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1988; rev. ed., 2001.
Upgren, Jr., H. Ted
Across the Wheatgrass. Windfeather Press, 1988.
Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial That Forged a Nation. Little, Brown, 2004.
Savages and Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire through Indian Territory. Yale Univ. Press, 2009.
(Educational resources for using Savages and Scoundrels are found here. )
Unequal Contest: Bill Langer and His Political Enemies. Crain Grosinger Publishing, 2004.
Horse, I Am Your Mother. Simon Johnson Guild, 1988.
Vrooman, Nicholas, and Patrice Marvin, eds.
Iron Spirits: Germans from Russia Iron Crosses in North Dakota. ND Council on the Arts, 1982.
Wilson, Gilbert L.
Waheenee, as told to Gilbert L. Wilson
Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1987.
Wick, Douglas A.
North Dakota Place Names. Sweetgrass Communications, 1988.
Wilkins, Robert P., and Wynona H. Wilkins
North Dakota: A Bicentennial History. W. W. Norton, 1977.
Wills, Bernt Lloyd
North Dakota, The Northern Prairie State. Edward Brothers, 1963.
Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture. Crossway, 2011.
Wood, W. Raymond
Prologue to Lewis and Clark: The Mackay and Evans Expedition. The American Exploration and Travel Series, No. 79. 2003; rep., Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2005.
Wood, W. Raymond, ed.
Archaeology on the Great Plains. Univ. Press of Kansas, 1998.
Twilight of the Upper Missouri River Fur Trade: The Journals of Henry A. Boller. State Historical Society of ND, 2008
Wood, W. Raymond, Joseph C. Porter, and David C. Hunt
Karl Bodmer's Studio Art: The Newberry Library Bodmer Collection. 2002; rep., Univ. of Illinois Press, 2007.
Wood, W. Raymond, William J. Hunt, Jr., and Randy H. Williams
Fort Clark and its Indian Neighbors: An Upper Missouri River Trading Post. Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2011.
WPA Federal Writers' Project
The WPA Guide to 1930s North Dakota. American Guide Series. 1938; rep., 1950; rep., with new introduction by Gerald C. Newborg and Marcia Britton Wolter, State Historical Society of ND, 1990.
Zempel, Solveig, ed. and trans.
In Their Own Words: Letters from Norwegian Immigrants. Univ. of Minnesota, 1991.
Top 12 Nonfiction Literary Works
Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade
This is the first comprehensive history of Fort Union, the nineteenth century’s most important and longest-lived Upper Missouri River fur trading post. Fort Union is now a national historic site, located on the North Dakota-Montana border along the Missouri River. Barbour explores the economic, social, legal, cultural, and political significance of the fort which was the brainchild of Kenneth McKenzie and Pierre Chouteau, Jr., and a part of John Jacob Astor’s fur trade empire.
Bitter Harvest: Gordon Kahl and the Posse Comitatus - Murder in the Heartland.
It happened on a country road near Medina, North Dakota, when Gordon Kahl, federal tax protester and Posse Comitatus member, shot it out with federal marshals attempting to arrest him for violating terms of his probation. Kahl and his son killed two marshals on the road, after which Kahl became a notorious and elusive fugitive. James Corcoran has native knowledge of North Dakota and intimate knowledge of the Gordon Kahl case, having covered it for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Bitter Harvest is an American tragedy treating a time of national discontent.
Women of the Northern Plains: Gender and Settlement on the Homestead Frontier, 1870-1930
This book is about the lives and contributions of pioneer women from the very beginnings of white settlement to the time of the great depression. As a picture of their lives emerges, readers see clearly how women worked beside their men, carrying half and often more of the work load that supported families and moved the culture and economy of the prairies into the modern era.
Handy-Marchello explores such issues as marriage and divorce, abuse, number of births per woman, out-of-wedlock births, mental illness, health care, education, and status within a social structure that brought its customs and values from elsewhere in the United States or from eastern and northern Europe.
The North Dakota Political Tradition.
The North Dakota Political Tradition helps explain the origin of certain radical tendencies and mediating forces at work in North Dakota politics from 1889 through the 1950s. The authors define the political heritage of North Dakota as a successful blend of creative political leadership with the constructive activism of a concerned citizenry. A concise political history of the state, this book is the only volume of its kind available: a collection of essays delineating the personalities and movements that shaped not only North Dakota’s future, but the future of the nation as well.
A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806.
Experience the Lewis and Clark Expedition by reading, together in one place, entries from the journals of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Patrick Gass, John Ordway, and Joseph Whitehouse. A Vast and Open Plain features all the journal entries written by the Corps of Discovery for each of the 218 days the explorers spent in what is now North Dakota. The 648-page book is beautifully enhanced by nearly 100 color and black-and-white images, as well as original maps. Clay S. Jenkinson edited and provided annotations for the text as well as an introduction and supplementary material; the foreword is by James P. Ronda.
Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders in North Dakota.
Land is often known by the names of past owners. "Emma’s Land," "Gina’s quarter," and "the Ingeborg Land" are reminders of the many women who home-steaded across North Dakota in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Land in Her Own Name records these homesteaders’ experiences as revealed in interviews with surviving homesteaders and their families and friends, land records, letters, and diaries.
Dr. Lindgren has mined these women’s fascinating accounts tell of locating a claim, erecting a shelter, and living on the prairie to better understand the role of women in the settling of the West.
Political Prairie Fire: The National Nonpartisan League, 1915-1922
Morlan's history provided the first in-depth history of the Nonpartisan League, including its inception, growth, progressive platform, political victories and death. Morlan's work emphasized the League's origins; its innovative use of the direct primary; its legislative program to aid family farmers; its condemnation as "socialist," "prussianized," and "bolshevik" in the wartime mobilization and postwar Red Scare of 1917-1920; and its rapid decline after 1920.
Fargo 1957: An Elegy
In the early evening of Thursday, June 20, 1957, a tornado struck the city of Fargo, North Dakota. When it was done, ten people lay dead (three more people would later die from their injuries), a city was devastated, and countless lives would never be the same again. In this evocative and moving elegy of the storm and its victims, Parsley weaves a heartbreaking story of loss, poetry, pain, faith and ultimately renewal, and gives voice to those victims who, before now, were unable to speak for themselves.
Lewis and Clark among the Indians
Ronda's book considers the Lewis and Clark expedition from a Native American point of view. Using the journals and drawing upon research and his extensive knowledge , Ronda makes the reader consider the significance of major encounters in terms of what could have been mutually understood, and what was probably misunderstood. Soon after the expedition left Camp Dubois to ascend the Missouri, it met tribal people. Tribe after tribe lived along the way that they took up the river, so the captains had ample chance to relay their message to those people. The experiences with native peoples varied from tribe to tribe; with each tribe, Ronda informs readers about the possible gaps in giving and receiving messages and about the differences in goals and in under-standings.
Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier
George Armstrong Custer. The name evokes instant recognition in almost every American and in people around the world. No figure in the history of the American West has more powerfully moved the human imagination. When originally published in 1988, Cavalier in Buckskin met with critical acclaim. In 2001, Robert M. Utley has revised his bestselling biography of General Custer.
In his preface to the revised edition, Utley credits the work of several authors whose recent scholarship has illuminated our understanding of the events of Little Bighorn has made many additions and revisions.
Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial That Forged a Nation
VanDevelder tells the story of Raymond Cross, the youngest of Martin Cross's ten children, who grew up to carry on a fight for justice that his father had begun forty years ago on behalf of his people, the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. Having moved to the West Coast, Raymond and his siblings would hear that their father had died alone and broken on the windswept prairie of North Dakota. At his father's graveside, Raymond discovered the solitary path he was destined to follow.
After Stanford and Yale Law, he returned to the land of his ancestors to take up his father's fight against the federal government, leading back to the U.S. Congress and into the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court. Coyote Warrior tells the epic story of the three tribes that saved the Corps of Discovery from starvation, their century-long battle to forge a new nation, and the extraordinary journey of one man to redeem a father's dream—and the dignity of his people.
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