The folklore collected for over thirty years by NDSU Students and Timothy J. Kloberdanz, professor emeritus of anthropology, is now available for public research use at the Institute for Regional Studies. Items from the collection are featured in the newly published book Sundogs andSunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains, published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and authored by Kloberdanz and Troy A. Geist, NDSU alumus and State Folklorist with the Council.
Cal Olson was chief photographer and later managing editor of Fargo, N.D.’s Forum newspaper from 1950 to 1978. In 2010 his family donated his extensive collection of negatives to the Institute for Regional Studies. This collection is a rich visual legacy documenting the people and life in North Dakota and western Minnesota .
Jamie Parsley, Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota, weaves a heartbreaking story of the 1957 Fargo Tornado of loss, poetry, pain, faith and, ultimately, renewal, and gives voice to those victims who, before now, were unable to speak for themselves.
North Dakota Agriculture College / State University Presidents Collection provides a visual chronicle of all Presidents of North Dakota Agricultural College/North Dakota State University from 1890 to present. The collection includes biographical information for each president and includes selected images. The images are housed at NDSU Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives.
Family Tree Magazine, the best American magazine devoted to genealogy, has named the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies website the best North Dakota website for doing genealogical and family history research in the state.
In recognition of National Accordion Awareness Month, Joe Heilman, former NDSU student body president, and Nancy Schafer, wife of former N.D. Governor Ed Schafer, visited the Institute for Regional Studies on Tuesday, June 8 to play Lawrence Welk’s accordion. They entertained a small group of friends and family with their own champagne music of waltzes and polkas that floated upward in the archives like Bubbles in the Wine.