Excerpt from Collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Vol. 1 To the Goverr: It is with pleasure that the secretary of the State Historical Society reports the progress that has been made during the past year. Since the annual state appropriation of $1,250 became available, July 1, 1905, the general outline of work has been arranged and some small part of the task has been accomplished. When the Society was reorganized in 1903, verv little was attempted during the next two years except some archaeological work in the lissouri valley, an exhibit at the St. Louis worlds fair and the beginning of a collection of the newspapers of the state. The proposed reconstruction of the capitol building has delayed our occupation of the rooms set apart for us, but in June we were tified that we could take possession of the museum room, office and vault in the basement of the new wing at the capitol. This was T-elcome news to all friends of the Society. During the interregnum the collection of newspapers, books, Indian relics and other miscellaneous material was stored in various places, in danger of loss by fire and subject to all the wear and tear incident to such storage. The furnishing of the museum room with suitable display cases, and the vault with file cases for papers and documents, has yet to be done, funds are available just w for any of these purposes. In spite of this, however, the Society has taken possession of the rooms and is having temporary cases made till permanent furniture can be supplied, so that the public may see what we have done to justify state aid in the past and why we ask for a larger appropriation for the future. It has been found quite impossible for the secretary, with the limited funds at his disposal, to keep in touch with all the state and county organizations with which it would be advantageous to co-operate. Yet undoubtedly such co-operation would be of the greatest benefit to all concerned and would enable the Society to locate and preserve many of the local records which otherwise soon dissappear. Everyone admits the advantage of having on file in the Societys library at Bismarck copies of all the reports, minutes and publications of the local and state organizations, yet little has been done in this direction. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.