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Eric Frank Peterson was a prominent citizen of Clay County, Dakota Territory and later South Dakota, and was an active map-maker. The Archives and Special Collections and the University Libraries have five of his atlases and three of his maps.

Two of his atlases will be digitized and placed in the Digital Library of South Dakota.

Below is a short chronology of his life, from the Eric Frank Peterson papers in the Richardson Collection of the Archives and Special Collections.

1862 born in Minnesota

1878 moved with family to Dalesburg, Clay County, Dakota Territory

1879 taught school for two months. He would teach off and on for several years.

1882 moved with family to Charles Mix County where they homesteaded

1882 attended University at Vermillion

1884 elected Clay County Superintendent of Schools, taking office in 1885, re-elected, serving a total of 4 years

1889 re-entered University

1892 graduated

1892 engaged in map making business, taught school, studied law

1899 admitted to bar, but no evidence that he ever practiced law, invested in land

1904 married

1908 moved to Florida due to bad health, engaged in the map business

1909 moved to California

1939 living in California

Below is a short list of his work. Please contact us if there are atlases or maps that should be added to this list. Those titles in italics are in the Archives and Special Collections or the University Libraries at USD..

 County Atlases

South Dakota, Beadle

South Dakota, Bon Homme

South Dakota, Brown

South Dakota, Charles Mix

South Dakota, Clay

South Dakota, Davison

South Dakota, Edmunds

South Dakota, Hanson

South Dakota, Sanborn

South Dakota, Turner

State Atlases

South Dakota

Cities Maps

South Dakota, Bookings

County Maps

Florida, Walton

Minnesota, Murray

Minnesota, Watonwan

South Dakota, Bon Homme

South Dakota, Brookings

South Dakota, Charles Mix

South Dakota, Clay

South Dakota, Codington

South Dakota, Gregory

South Dakota, Hanson

South Dakota, Lake

South Dakota, McCook

South Dakota, Miner

South Dakota, Moody

South Dakota, Sanborn

South Dakota, Spink

South Dakota, Tripp

Regional Maps

SE North Dakota and NE South Dakota

Cornbelt of South Dakota

Hughes, Hyde, Sully and part of Potter and Faulk Counties

 State Maps

South Dakota

Peterson’s image is in the Digital Library of South Dakota at http://dlsd.sdln.net/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/photograph&CISOPTR=472&CISOBOX=1&REC=5

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