Online Exhibitions

Highlighted here are online exhibitions developed by the NDSU Archives. To locate other exhibitions across the United States and the world consult Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web, a project of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Richard Bostwick ReminiscencesThe Way It Was .. Depression Era Memories of Richard Bostwick

Courtesy the family of Richard Bostwick in Washington State, the Institute for Regional Studies is pleased to present his vivid reminiscences of life in Fargo during the 1920s and 1930s.

Land in Her Own NameLand in Her Own Name

Land is often known by the names of past owners. In North Dakota, "Emma's Land," Gina's Quarter," and "The Ingeborg Land" are reminders of the the many women who homesteaded across the state. This powerful exhibit tells the story of some of the women who endured the hardships and enjoyed the accomplishments of homesteading in their own name.

Captured on Glass

Captured on Glass (1921–1931)

The glass plate negative scans within this exhibit cover life at North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) from 1921 – 1931. During this time period the collegiate enrollment more than quadrupled from 375 to 1,500+. These 150+ scans give you a glimpse of student activities, sports, and the buildings of the campus.

Kurke & Associates

Kurke & Associates, 1915-1963: A Photographic Exhibit of William F. Kurke and his Fargo Architectural Firm

Kurke & Associates was the largest architecture firm in Fargo for several years. With it's roots in Fargo dating from 1913, it became one of the most influential architectural firms in Fargo, and perhaps in all of North Dakota. This photographic exhibit is a supplement to the online finding aid and information about the Kurke & Associates Collection.


Pioneer Camera

The Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection is one of the most known photograph collections in North Dakota. A combination of collected photographs and his own work, they reflect the rapid changes in the settlement of North Dakota from the 1870s to the 1920s. This exhibit highlights only a small number of the images found in the collection. The entire collection is available on the Library of Congress' American Memory under The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920.


Photographers of Fargo, North Dakota

For a hundred years beginning with Fargo 's photographic studio in 1879 over a hundred photographers have practiced their trade, helping to document the development of Fargo, its people and the region. This site documents those photographers with biographical information, time period and location of their business in Fargo.

Other Regional Exhibitions of Interest


Work Makes Life Sweet, Or Does It?

This October 2003 released e-book, compiled by H. Elaine Lindgren of the NDSU Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, is based on photographs of people doing "work" between 1900 and 2002. It is designed to encourage all of us in the 21st century to rethink how, why and for whom we do work.


Fargo, North Dakota, Its History and Images

This combination historical and exhibition web site was developed by Fargo native and N.D.S.U. alum John Caron and donated to the Institute for Regional Studies Archives in 2004. It contains over a thousand images on 600 separate pages devoted to the history and development of Fargo, N.D.


The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 (June 1891)

The Northern Great Plains exhibit is part of the American Memory digital collection at the Library of Congress. It includes 900 photographs of rural and small town life at the turn of the century, from two Institute for Regional Studies Archives photograph collections -- The Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection and The F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collection.


North Dakota Governors

This online version of a traveling exhibit produced by the State Historical Society of North Dakota features images and text documenting the ten governors of Dakota Territory (1861-1889) and the thirty governors of North Dakota.


Rough Rider Awards: North Dakota's Highest Honor

The Rough Rider Awards recognize present or former North Dakotans who have been influenced by this state in achieving national recognition in their fields of endeavor.


Historic Architectural Survey of Bowman County, North Dakota

This award winning site, developed by Thomas Isern, NDSU professor of history, presents the results of a county-wide survey covering small towns, farms and ranches in the extreme southwest county of Bowman.