John B. Kinne
The John B. Kinne Diary consists of a transcription of Kinne's eighty-six page diary kept from 1898-1899, during the campaign in the Philippines. The document was transcribed by Major Dana Wright of St. John, North Dakota.
The diary describes Kinne's entrance into Company B, 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry. Kinne was a student at Fargo College, when he heeded the Governor’s call for volunteers. Kinne detailed the trip the volunteers traveled and the delays and encounters they met along the way to “'Frisco”. The troops camped at 'Frisco until orders were sent out to station among the Philippine Islands.
Kinne wrote about the details of the volunteers' daily routine of rising early, shower or bathing, breakfast, roll call, police duty, cleaning, drill, and inspection. Once on the islands, accounts of battle and orders they received were recorded by him. Almost daily events he encountered were written down. The long journey back from the islands was also documented, along with the reunion of family members and soldiers, and his entrance back into Fargo College.
Joseph White Bull (Pte-san-hunka)
The White Bull Manuscript, as it is commonly known, was commissioned by Usher Burdick in 1931. Burdick encouraged White Bull to chronicle his life. In a black bound business ledger, White Bull recorded the events of his life in his native Dakota language. The ledger measures 14.75 x 10.5 inches and contains writings and/or pictographs on a total of 51 pages. The pictographs are rendered in ink, lead pencil and colored crayon, with explanatory text in Dakota. Buffalo and bear hunts, horse raiding exploits, instances of "counting coup," and battles and skirmishes are among the subjects. White Bull also included a typical Teton winter count, or calendrical history. No pictographs were created for the winter count.
In the manuscript, White Bull claims to be the warrior who killed Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 26, 1876. This battle was a decisive victory for the Native Americans and a total defeat for the U.S. Army. The battle has remained the subject of historical controversy and debate ever since.
An English translation of the manuscript was published with the title The Warrior Who Killed Custer: The Personal Narrative of Chief Joseph White Bull. Translated by James Howard, this book was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1968.
This loose leaf notebook contains handwritten lecture notes by a student who took a series of nursing courses in 1924 and 1925. The name on the front cover is L. Bacon. On the very first page, L. Bacon noted that the courses regarded "Practical Nursing: Theory and Practice of Nursing." The notes are extremely practical: how to make a patient's bed, how to take a patient's pulse, how to give an injection, etc.
The notebook is definitely local to Grand Forks, as a newspaper clipping in its pages references an alumnae bazaar at Kappa Alpha Theta on Saturday, November 29, 1924. This group is a Greek social sorority which has been active on the UND campus since 1911. That same clipping also contains an advertisement for the Kozy Luncheonette, which was a Grand Forks restaurant located at 105 North 3rd Street.
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