North Dakota Voices from the Past


Gov. Art Link Oral Interview

Stories are the very fabric of our lives. This oral tradition predates the written word, yet it is relatively recent that concerted efforts have been made to capture stories through oral history recordings. They capture not only the information but the person’s voice as well. Together they provide a unique historical resource that the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies Archives is please to begin offering through this sampling of oral histories found in various collections donated to the Institute. Also included is music that has a North Dakota connection.

The common theme is voices of North Dakotans talking about important and sometimes mundane events in their life and the state’s past, their families, jobs, institutions, as well as political and social movements. For most of the voices available here, a printed transcript is also present. For music items the original sheet music is also included. As more original cassette and reel-to-reel tapes are digitized, more North Dakota voices and music will be heard, documenting new aspects of the state’s past.