Deadline - Annual Conference
This award began in 1982 and asks NDLA conference attendees to vote for state publications that catch their eye, either visually or for the content within. The three document winners from conference are submitted to the national competition held by the American Library Association as the winning Notable Documents from North Dakota.
The roundtable co-chairs solicit nominations for the award in spring and finalize the list, typically six documents by summer. The documents need to be published 18 months prior to the conference voting. Once the documents have been selected, the co-chairs obtain a copy of each document to use at the conference for voting.
The publisher receives a certificate recognizing their document as the Notable State Document.
Co-chairs of the Technical Services/Government Documents Roundtable
Past Award Winners
2020/21 Award Winners:
Note: There was a tie for 3rd Place.
First Place: His Feathers Were Chains by: Denise K. Lajimodiere
Second Place: The Mammals of North Dakota by: Robert W. Seabloom
Third Place: Sixty Years of Boom and Bust: The Impact of Oil in North Dakota 1958-2018. Edited by Kyle Conway
Third Place: Backstories: The Kitchen Table Cookbook. Edited by: Cynthia C. Prescott and Maureen S. Thompson.
Listed in placement order (1st, 2nd, 3rd) by year
Pacing Dakota by Thomas D. Isern. NDSU Press. 2018
Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota by Barbara Handly-Marchello and Fern E. Swensen. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 2018.
Operation Snowbound: Life behind the Blizzards of 1949. David W. Mills. NDSU Press. 2018.
The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota by K. Amy Phillips and Steven R. Bolduc. NDSU Press. 2017.
The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape by William R. Caraher and Bret A. Weber. NDSU Press. 2017.
Prairie Reconstruction Guidebook for North Dakota by Cami Dixon, Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Paula Comeau, School of Natural Resource Sciences, NDSU; Kristine Askerooth, Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Jack Norland, School of Natural Resources Sciences, NDSU; Kevin Sedivec, Rangeland Management Sprcialist, NDSU. NDSU Extension Service. July 2017.
Prairie Mosaic: an Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota (2nd edition) by William C. Sherman. NDSU Press. 2017.
The Windbreak Cookbook: featuring Fruits of Prairie Forest by Derek Lowstuter, Julie Garden-Robinson, Kathy Wiederholt, Esther McGinnis. NDSU Extension Service.
Art50!: Exhibitions Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NDCA by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Guide to North Dakota: Art and Cultural Destinations by the North Dakota Council of the Arts.
Energy: Powered by North Dakota by the State Historical Society’s North Dakota Studies program.
You and the Law: The Rights of Grandparents and Stepgrandparents by Divya Saxena and Jane Strommen. North Dakota State University Extension Service. 2014.
A Traveler’s Companion to North Dakota Historic Sites (3rd edition) by J. Signe Snortland, ed. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 2014
North Dakota Department of Transportation: Roads of Progress by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
North Dakota Is Everywhere: an Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. Heidi Czerwiec, ed. NDSU Institute for Regional Studies
Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains [CD]. North Dakota Council on the Arts. 2013.
A Guide to North Dakota Noxious and Troublesome Weeds, by Rodney G. Lym. NDSU Extension Service. 2014.
Liberty Memorial Bridge: Proudly Honoring Veterans Since World War I [DVD]. North Dakota Department of Transportation. 2013.
The People of the Upper Missouri: The Mandans [DVD]. North Dakota State Historical Society, 2012.
Head Lice: A Lousy Problem. North Dakota Department of Health, 2012. http://library.nd.gov/statedocs/Health/headlicebooklet20090127.pdf (2nd place tie).
The Coach and the College : The Role of Athletics in the Financial Survival of a Small Liberal Arts College by Robert D. Sawrey. North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 2013. (2nd place tie).
Spectacular North Dakota Hikes: Bring the Dog by Susan Wefald. North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 2011.
Flowers Between the Frosts: How to Grow Great Gardens in Short Seasons by Dorothy Collins. North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 2012.
Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota by Alan Zuk, Janet Knodel, and Ron Smith. NDSU Extension Service, 2011. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/landscap/h1553.pdf
Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains; compiled and edited by Timothy J. Kloberdanz, Troyd A. Geist ; with assistance from Paul T. Emch ... [et al.]. North Dakota Council on the Arts: Bismarck, ND, 2010. http://www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html
North Dakota State Trail Guide; North Dakota Parks & Recreation: Bismarck, ND, April 2010. (2nd place tie) http://library.nd.gov/statedocs/ParksRec/statetrailguide20101013.pdf
Crossing the Water: An Oral History of the Four Bears Bridge; [video recording] produced by the North Dakota Department of Transportation: Bismarck, ND, 2010. (2nd place tie)
Bridges Across North Dakota. North Dakota Dept. of Transportation. 2010.
Palaces on the Prairie by Rod Evans. North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies. 2009.
Identification and Control of Invasive and Troublesome Weeds in North Dakota by Rodney G. Lym and Andrea J. Travnicek. NDSU Extension Service and N.D. Dept. of Agriculture. 2010.
Habitats of North Dakota series by Gwyn S. Herman and Laverne A. Johnson. (Series of 5 books: Badlands, Prairie, Riparian Areas, Wetlands, Woodlands). North Dakota Center for Distance Education. 2008.
Twilight of the Upper Missouri River Fur Trade: the Journals of Henry A. Boller, edited and with an introduction by W. Raymond Wood. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 2008.
Farm to Market: North Dakota’s Guide to Direct Farm Marketing. North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture. 2009. (3rd place tie)
Our State Fair: the North Dakota Experience. Prairie Public Broadcasting and North Dakota State Fair Association. 2008. (3rd place tie)
North Dakota History: Readings About the Northern Plains State edited by Kathleen Davison, Bonnie T. Johnson, and Neil D. Howe. State Historical Society of North Dakota and North Dakota Center for Distance Education. 2008.
"You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me": Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis by Terry Shoptaugh. Institute for Regional Studies. 2008. (2nd place tie)
Nature in the balance: CO2 sequestration. Writers, Charlene Crocker and Daniel Daly. University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). 2005. (2nd place tie)
Trees and Shrubs for Northern Great Plains Landscapes by Dale E. Herman and Vernon C. Quam. NDSU Extension Service. 2006.
Dinosaurs, Sharks, and Woolly Mammoths: Glimpses of Life in North Dakota’s Prehistoric Past by John W. Hoganson. State Historical Society of North Dakota and the North Dakota Geological Survey. 2007.
100 years in Pictures: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park edited by Patsy Thompson. North Dakota Parks and Recreation Dept. 2007.
North Dakota, Heal Thyself: the Story of the First One Hundred Years at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. John W. Vennes and Patrick McGuire. University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Press. 2005.
North Dakota Remembers World War II (DVD), State Historical Society of North Dakota
North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains. Series on North Dakota Governors. State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Prehistoric Life of North Dakota (map) by John W. Hoganson and Brett Woodward. North Dakota Geological Survey. 2005.
Butterfly Gardening in North Dakota by Janet J. Knodel, Gerald M. Fauske, and Ronald C. Smith. NDSU Extension Service, NDSU. 2004.
North Dakota Lewis & Clark Audio Adventure (CD). Produced by North Dakota Tourism Division with Clay S. Jenkinson. 2004.
A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806, edited by Clay S. Jenkinson. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 2003.
North Dakota Blue Book, 2003-2005. Secretary of State. 2003.
North Dakota Legendary, Official Travel Guide (North Dakota Dept. of Commerce, Tourism Division). 2004.
Traveler’s Companion to North Dakota State Historic Sites. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 2002.
Birding in North Dakota. Dan Svingen and Ron Martin. North Dakota Game and Fish Department. 2003.
Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota. Chris Grondahl and Andrea Evelsizer. North Dakota Game and Fish Dept. 2002.
More Dakota Day Trips: "Discovering North Dakota’s Hidden Treasures." By Cliff Naylor and Monica Hannan. North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. 2001
Experiences and Discovery: Plants and Animals from the Lewis and Clark Expedition of North Dakota. (videorecording). North Dakota Parks and Recreation Dept. 2001.
North Dakota Lewis and Clark Trail Guide. North Dakota Dept. of Commerce, Tourism Division. 2002.
Dakota Day Trips: "Discovering North Dakota’s Hidden Treasures". Cliff Naylor and Monica Hannan. North Dakota Tourism Dept. 1999
Fort Buford and the Military Frontier on the Northern Plains, 1850-1900, edited by Larry Remele. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1987. (2nd printing, June 2001) (2nd place tie)
Journeys: North Dakota’s Trail Towards Disaster Resistance. Joint effort of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the North Dakota Division of Emergency Management. 2001. (2nd place tie)
North Dakota Blue Book, 1999-2001. Office of the Secretary of State. 1999.
Birds and Mammals Observed by Lewis & Clark in North Dakota. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1999.
North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains, Cumulative Index 1945-1998. by Janet Daley & Ann M. Rathke. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 2000. (3rd place tie)
The Elders Speak (CD). Featuring Eagle Heart (Frances Cree) & Gourd Woman (Mary Louis Defender Wilson). North Dakota Council on the Arts. 1999-2000. (3rd place tie)
Where History Happens. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1999.
Impressions 1998. Dickinson State University. 1998.
Meteorites in North Dakota by Edward C. Murphy & Nels F. Forsman. North Dakota Geological Survey. 1998.
Selected North Dakota and Minnesota Range Plants. by Kevin K. Sedivec & William T. Barker. NDSU Extension Service. 1997.
Sacred Beauty: Quillwork of Plains Women by Mark J. Halvorson. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1998.
Doodads, Gadgets and Thingamajigs: Helpful Tools for Senior Citizens. North Dakota Interagency Project for Assistive Technology. 1997.
The North Dakota Tree Handbook edited by Dale E. Herman & others. North Dakota State Soil Conservation Committee. 1996.
The Floods of 1997: A Special Report. North Dakota State Water Commission. 1997.
The Centennial Anthology of North Dakota History. ed. by Janet Daley Lysengen and Ann M. Rathke. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1996.
A Traveler’s Companion to North Dakota State Historic Sites by J. Signe Snortland. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1996.
Faces of Identity, Hands of Skill: Folk Arts in North Dakota by Troyd A. Geist. North Dakota Council on the Arts. 1995.
A’nicina’be manido’ minesikan: Chippewa Beadwork. State Historical Society. 1995.
Rivers, Roads, Rails and Air: North Dakota’s Transportation Story. (Videorecording) Prod. for North Dakota Dept. of Transportation by Prairie Public Television. 1996.
North Dakota Blue Book, 1995. North Dakota Secretary of State. 1995.
Aging: Winds of Change; Most Unbelievable true stories of North Dakotans 60-96 Years-Young. North Dakota Humanities Council for the Commission on Aging of the Governor’s Council of Human Resources. 1995.
Significant Sites: North Dakota Properties Listed in the National Register of Historic Places & the State Historic Sites Registry. Comp. By Rolene R. Schliesman. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1995. (3rd place tie)
North Dakota Discover the Spirit! publications: Calendar of Events, Outdoor Adventure Guide, Vacation Guide. 1994/1995 (3rd place tie)
Aristocracy on the Western Frontier: The Legacy of the Marquis de Mores. Ed. by Virginia Heidenrich-Barber. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1994.
North Dakota City Atlas of Incorporated Cities, 1993. North Dakota Dept. of Transportation, Planning Division. 1994.
Off the Beaten Path: Your 1994 Guide to Locally Grown Produce, Bed and Breakfasts and Outfitters in North Dakota. North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture and North Dakota Dept. of Tourism. 1994.
Every Place with a Name: Photographs from the Dakota Photo Documentary Project. Ed. by Mark Strand. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1993.
Directory of North Dakota Museums. State Historical Society of North Dakota in cooperation with the North Dakota Humanities Council. 1992.
The Broken Circle: An Economic History of North Dakota by Scot A. Stradley. University of North Dakota, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 1993. (3rd place tie)
The Clifford Years: The University of North Dakota, 1971-1992, by Daniel R. Rice. University of North Dakota, 1992. (3rd place tie)
North Dakota Census at a Glance: 1990. Job Service North Dakota, 1993.
The North Dakota Wildlife Viewing Guide by Joseph Knue. North Dakota Game and Fish Dept. 1992
Big Game in North Dakota: A Short History by Joseph Knue. North Dakota Game and Fish Dept. 1991.
The North Dakota Newspaper Inventory. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1992
Off the Beaten Path. North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture. 1992.
The Fur Trade in North Dakota, edited by Virginia L. Heidenreich. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1990
North Dakota’s Former Governor’s Mansion: Its History and Preservation, ed. by Virginia L. Heidenreich. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1991
The People Celebrate: a Report on North Dakota’s Centennial. North Dakota Centennial Commission. 1990
North Dakota Indians: An Introduction. Mary Jane Schneider. Kendal/Hunt Publishing Company. 1986.
Of Time and the Prairie : 100 Years of People and Wildlife in North Dakota : Observations in Change, written by Joseph Knue. North Dakota Game & Fish Department. 1988.
Bibliography of North Dakota Books for Young Adults and Children. North Dakota Library Association Children’s Roundable and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. 1989.
North Dakota Economic Data. Economic Development Roundtable, Statistical Reporting Cluster. 1988.
The Bank of North Dakota : An Experiment in State Ownership, by Rozanne Enerson Junker. Fithian Press. 1989.
North Dakota Centennial Blue Book, issued by the Secretary of State. 1989.
No record of award winners could be found.
Facts about North Dakota. Comp. by David R. Torkelson. North Dakota Economic Development Commission. 1987.
Fort Totten: Military Post and Indian School, 1867-1959. ed. by Larry Remele. North Dakota State Historical Society. 1986.
North Dakota Outdoors. 10/yr. North Dakota State Game and Fish Dept.
North Dakota Mini-Biography Series ed by Larry Remele. State Historical Society of North Dakota. 1986. (Note: Nine booklets of short biographies of people who had an impact on North Dakota).
Governing North Dakota and the Constitution of North Dakota, 1985-87 by Lloyd Omdahl. North Dakota Bureau of Governmental Affairs. 1985.
Statistical Abstract of North Dakota, 1983, 2nd ed. University of North Dakota, Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
Governing North Dakota and the Constitution of North Dakota, 1983-85