The production of this web site reflects the contributions of many
individuals. Without their support and hard work this project could
never have been accomplished. But first, we must acknowledge the creators
of these two collections, Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak. It was
through their interest in photography that these images were created,
collected, and preserved. Sincere gratitude also is extended to their
daughters who recognized the importance of their fathers' work and
wanted to ensure that work was preserved, to be used and enjoyed by
many. For the Hultstrand collection we acknowledge Donna Jean Hultstrand
Verwest. For the Pazandak collection we acknowledge Elaine Pazandak
Rumelhart. Both researchers and the public are indebted to their contribution
in preserving a portion of the history of the Northern Great Plains
initial encouragement and support for submitting the proposal
for the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition
came from Mark England, Assistant NDSU Libraries Director for Information
Technologies & Planning; and John W. Beecher, former Director of Libraries.
In addition, Mark England assisted in developing the technical component
of the proposal. Others contributing to the development of the
included Michael Robinson, NDSU Archivist; Pam Johnson, archives assistant;
Chuck Duffie, Creative Director, Sundog Interactive of Fargo; and
Chandice Johnson, Director, NDSU Center for Writers. It was through
the combined efforts of these individuals that our proposal was
Numerous persons have been closely involved, during the award
in the production of this web site. Pam Johnson, the information projects
specialist who was hired through the award, devoted her
ensuring the digitizing of the images and the numerous other details
of the project were done smoothly and timely. It was a pleasure working
with Chuck Duffie, of Sundog Interactive in Fargo, who brought his
expertise and enthusiasm to the development of the introductory pages.
Eric Parsons also brought his expertise in the development of selected
web pages. Michael Robinson, NDSU Archivist, contributed much time
and expertise to the researching, writing and editing of the textual
material, particularly the selected bibliography and North Dakota
historical overview. Tricia Velure, archives graduate assistant, also
was actively involved in the researching, writing and editing process
for the biographical sketches of Hultstrand and Pazandak.
Numerous other individuals contributed their knowledge and time in
developing the material for this site. Donna Jean Verwest and Elaine
Rumelhart provided valuable additional information and comments in
the writing of the biographical sketches of their fathers. Charles
Durham's detailed knowledge of farm machinery proved invaluable in
cataloging the images. He also wrote the farm implements descriptions
and the histories of the farm machinery manufacturing companies. Lisa
Hanson assisted in proofing, editing, and revising the catalog records
and the textual material; and Jeff Watkins helped with preservation
work on the collections. Other NDSU library staff were always ready
to lend their assistance to technical matters as they arose, including
Joe Gregg, Russ Jury, Justin Deri, and Mark England. Requested assistance
was also willingly given by Drs. David Danbom, Hiram Drache and Carl
Acknowledgment must also be given for the support received from Dr.
Tom Riley, Director of the Institute for Regional Studies and Dr.
Richard Bovard, Interim Director of the NDSU Libraries. The commitment
of North Dakota State University to this project, particularly the
acquisition of the necessary equipment, is much appreciated.
A special thank you is extended to Ameritech for its support of American
Memory and allowing institutions like North Dakota State University
to be a part of this nation-wide effort to bring digital collections
of primary resources to everyone.
The staff at the Library of Congress was most helpful before and
during the award period. Caroline Arms, David Woodward, and many
others at the Library of
Congress worked closely with us to answer our many questions to make
the project run smoothly. A personal thank you is extended to the
staff of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.
Over the past years, they have always been willing to provide advice
and assistance to the project director, as the Institute for Regional
Studies began the automated cataloging of its photographic collections.
They include Arden Alexander, Barbara Orbach Natanson, Sarah Rouse,
and Helena Zinkham.
John E. Bye
Archivist, Institute for Regional Studies,
North Dakota State University
& Project Director