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Interior of the Williston High School Library, Williston, N.D.
Interior of the Williston High School Library, Williston, N.D.
TitleInterior of the Williston High School Library, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1971?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionInterior view of the Williston High School Library with students sitting at three tables reading books and working on homework. Four women sit and stand in the far left back. Shelves of books are visible on both the left and right. A sign at the back next to an American flag says "A room without books is as a body without a soul."
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Bookcases
Signs (Notices)
Personal NameStraud, Della
Banning, Patti
Organization NameWilliston High School (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Item Number1-174-4-6
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original14 x 22 cm.
Transcription"Della Straud Librarian, Patti Banning, Hi School, Sept 1970- Feb 1971, Library Attendance, Total Attendance 35059, Books Circulated 10087, Periodicals 6045." -- Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-174-4-6)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws117446
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