Dakota Datebook

Orin G. Libby Papers

Saturday, May 12, 2012


The Orin G. Libby papers were deposited into UND’s Chester Fritz Library on this date in 1957. The donation from Eva, Libby’s widow, represents the collection of letters, manuscripts, academic publications and holdings of one of North Dakota’s greatest historians. As such, they provide an invaluable resource to students of history. The six boxes of material contain such documents as a translation of Tolstoy’s Power of Darkness, a folder on Greek mercenary soldiers, and a copy of the U.S. Census from 1790. The collection’s breadth of interest reflects Libby’s multifaceted career. Chair of UND’s history department from 1902 until 1945, Libby also served as secretary of the State Historical Society for forty years. As recently as 2004, additions to the collection have been made by donors across the country.


Dakota Datebook written by Jayme Job









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