Archive for April, 2016

It is a fun day in the Archives and Special Collections when we get a batch of Mahoney Music Collection books back from the catalogers.

The library at the University of South Dakota is in the process of creating catalog records for all the books in the Mahoney Music Collection. Having catalog records in the library catalog and in OCLC will make the books in this collection more findable for readers. Most of the oversize books and the regular-size books are done, and the catalogers have begun on the thinner, floppier books that we store in file folders. This is such a great project, and we send a big thank you to the catalogers for doing this.

Don’t forget that select items have been digitized and placed on the Digital Library of South Dakota.

ML 155 .W5 G469 1926

ML 155 .W5 G469 1926


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Archives and Special Collections will be closed Monday May 16.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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glo006-croppedNineteenth century General Land Office surveyors wrote descriptions of landforms, soil, water, vegetation and wildlife in their field note books while they were surveying in the midwest and western United States. These note books are used by researchers reconstructing the ecology of an area during a particular slice of time.

Surveyors vary in how much detail they included and how easy it is to read their handwriting.

The Archives and Special Collections has a copy of one field note book for Yankton County, Dakota Territory, dated 1860 through 1866. Part one is the field notes for the exterior boundaries of township no. 92 north of range no. 54 west, and townships no. 93, 94, 95 and 96 north of ranges no. 54, 55, 56 and 57. Part two is the field notes for the subdivisionsal and meander lines of township no. 92 north of range 54 west, and townships no. 93, 94, 95 and 96 north of ranges no. 54, 55, 56 and 57.

Other GLO survey field notes can be seen at the State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society or online at the South Dakota Digital Archives.













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