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dillon-001From the Charles and Frances Dillon scrapbook. Mr. Dillon was a member the US House of Representatives from South Dakota (1913-1919).

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From the Palmer Sigvald Gilbertson Collection

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SP- ArchivesSalute to Oscar Micheaux, who homesteaded near Gregory (SD) before becoming a film maker and author. The Archives and Special Collections at USD has many books by and about him.



Books by Micheaux in the Herman P. Chilson Collection of Americana:

Micheaux, Oscar. The Conquest: The Story of a Negro Pioneer. Lincoln, Nebr.: Woodruff Press, 1913. E185.97.M62 M6. First edition?

Micheaux, Oscar, and C. W. Heller. The Forged Note: A Romance of the Darker Races. Lincoln, Neb.: Western Book Supply, 1915. PS3525.I1875 F67x. First edition?

Micheaux, Oscar. The Wind from Nowhere. 1st Ed.]. ed. The Black Heritage Library Collection. New York: Book Supply, 1941. PS3525.I1875 W55x.

Micheaux, Oscar. The Case of Mrs. Wingate. 3d ed. New York: Book Supply Co.: Book Supply, 1945. PS3525.I1875 C37x

Micheaux, Oscar. The Story of Dorothy Stanfield, Based on a Great Insurance Swindle, and a Woman! New York: Book Supply Company, 1946. PS3525.I1825 S76x. First edition?

Micheaux, Oscar. The Masquerade: An Historical Novel. New York: Book Supply Company, Publishers, 1947. PS3525.I1875 M37x. First edition?

Micheaux, Oscar. The Homesteader: A Novel. College Park, Md.: McGrath Pub., 1969. PS3525.I1875 H6x. Not first edition, which is 1917.

Books about Micheaux in the Herman P. Chilson Collection of Americana:

Bowser, Pearl, and Louise. Spence. Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2000. PN1998.3.M494 B69 2000

Green, J. Ronald. Straight Lick: The Cinema of Oscar Micheaux. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000. PN1998.3.M494 G74 2000

Green, J. Ronald. With a Crooked Stick: The Films of Oscar Micheaux. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. PN1998.3.M494 G76 2004

VanEpps-Taylor, Betti Carol. Oscar Micheaux: A Biography: –Dakota Homesteader, Author, Pioneer Film Maker. Rapid City, S.D.: Dakota West Books, 1999. PN1998.3.M53 V36 1999

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What bend of the Missouri River between Vermillion and Yankton, SD is named after a famed 19th century naturalist who stayed at Fort Vermillion in 1843? He was traveling on the Missouri River while researching his book on quadrupeds? Archives and Special Collections has his quadruped and bird books in the Chilson Collection.


Image from quadruped book in the Chilson Collection.

The answer and the source of this information can be found in Herbert Schell’s History of Clay County, 1976, page 13.


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