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I received a helpful suggestion to use the book Dakota Imprints to determine if The People’s Problem and Its Solution by William H. Lyon was the first book published in the Dakota Territory. It does not list Lyon’s book, but the first book it does include was published in the same year as Lyon’s, 1886.

 

Dakota Imprints lists items earlier than 1886, but they all appear to be Dakota Territory publications, broadsides, and an industry circular. The book that was published in the same year as Lyon’s was History and Resources of Dakota, Montana, and Idaho by Moses K. Armstrong.

 

Dakota Imprints and Armstrong’s book are in the Chilson Collection. Lyon’s book is in the William H. Lyon Papers.

William H. Lyon

William H. Lyon

 

I recently found the note below in a book called The People’s Problem and Its Solution by William H. Lyon and copyrighted in 1886. This book was published by the author and printed by Press Job Print, Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory.

 

The note is: “Please accept this work with the complements of the author. It is believed to be the first book ever published in the territory of Dakota.”

 

How can I verify this claim?

 

Lyon’s book and picture can be found in the William H. Lyon Papers at the Archives and Special Collections.

1890-1891 USD faculty

1890-usd-faculty

 

Several University of South Dakota faculty from the 1890-1891 school year pose for their portraits.

 

Pictured left to right:

J. A. Ness, B.A., professor of the Greek language and literature

H. Schmidt-Wartenberg, M. A., Ph. D., professor of the modern languages

George S. Thomas, M. A., Ph. D., professor of Latin language and literature

Gerhardt C. Mars, M. A., professor of the English language and literature

Lorrain S. Hulburt, M. A., professor of mathematics and astronomy

Mary E. Allen, B. A., associate professor of Greek language and literature

Fred W. Speirs, B. S., acting professor of history and political economy

Garry E. Culver, M. A., professor of geology and mineralogy

Henry E. Kratz, Ph. M., Ph. D., professor of the science and art of teaching, and principal of the normal department

— USD Photograph Collection, “Catalogue of the University of South Dakota for the year 1890-91,” University of South Dakota.

science-hall-demolition-1960-1961

 

Science Hall under demolition (1960-1961) with a replica of the first log schoolhouse built in Dakota Territory in 1864 by the Dakota Calvary, Company A, under the direction of Captain Nelson Miner, on the left.

— USD Photograph Collection

 

old-main-trees

einarjonssonmuseum

 

norbeckiceland

From the Peter Norbeck Papers, Box 11

The Archives and Special Collections will be open its regular hours except for:

Dec. 23 – early closing at noon
Dec. 26 – closed all day
Jan. 2 – closed all day

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