- Great Plains ~ Photographs ~ 1880-1920
These two collections from the Institute for Regional Studies at North Dakota State University contain photographs of rural and small town life at the turn of the century. Highlights include images of sod homes and the people who built them; images of farms and the machinery that made them prosper; and images of one-room schools and the children that were educated in them. The Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection consists of some 550 images documenting the settlement of the northern Great Plains, particularly northeastern North Dakota. The F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collection includes some 119 images taken by him in the early twentieth century on the family farm near Fullerton, in southeastern North Dakota.
- Guthrie, Woody ~ Correspondence ~ 1940-1950
This collection highlights letters between Woody Guthrie and staff of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) at the Library of Congress. The letters were written primarily in the early 1940s, shortly after Guthrie had moved to New York City and met the Archive's assistant in charge, Alan Lomax. Guthrie's written and, occasionally, illustrated reflections on his past, his art, his life in New York City, and the looming Second World War provide unique insight into the artist best-known for his role as "Dust Bowl balladeer."