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When I took the graduate class in historiography in Fall 2016 as a requirement of the Master’s degree program in USD’s history department, I was very excited when my professor Dr. Molly Rozum announced that the class would be working directly with historical materials in the USD archives. My class had the responsibility of doing the preliminary organization and processing of the Krueger-Kruse collection, the personal correspondence and papers of Carrie and Herman Krueger, written at the end of the 19th century – the Krueger family donated the collection to the care of the USD archivists. I had some experience with archiving as an undergraduate, having taken an archiving class at Augustana, so I was looking forward to the chance to dig into historical documents again with the Krueger-Kruse collection.

The sense of connection with the past was palpable as I propped open the lid of the acid-free box and gently lifted out the letters from their folders, the correspondence still neatly tucked into envelopes postmarked with dates from more than a century before. The contents of the box I worked on mainly consisted of letters from relatives and friends to the future Carrie Krueger, then Carrie Kruse, during her time as a young unmarried woman working as a teacher in a schoolhouse in rural Illinois. The authors of the letters, usually Carrie’s brother and sisters or her sister in law Emma, were frequent correspondents, often writing several times a month to fill Carrie in on the news back home.

The letters contained some unexpected items as well, slipped in between the musty folds of letter paper – in one I found a small brown twig Carrie’s brother sent her as a souvenir of his mother in law’s attempts as an amateur naturalist during a family stroll in the countryside. I found myself chuckling at Fred’s account to Carrie in the accompanying letter, describing his good humored impatience with “Ma’s” interest in collecting odds and ends on their walk. In another I discovered several fronds of dried fern leaves pressed between the musty folds of letter paper, so delicate they threatened to disintegrate with the lightest touch. The little scrap of paper with a child’s drawing of a little girl in nineteenth century clothing was probably my favorite find though, tucked in with a letter detailing news of the family Christmas.

What I remember best about my experience archiving the collection though was the emotional connection I felt with Carrie and her relatives when reading her letters. Having worked as a teacher’s aid in a preschool in the past, I sympathised when Carrie’s relatives tried to offer consolation for her stories of the sometimes bumpy process of starting her job as a schoolteacher. And I could not help but be drawn in to the series of letters between Carrie and Emma in which they discussed Carrie’s then secret feelings for her future husband Herman, and enthusiastically discussed Carrie and Herman’s planned summer meeting at the Chicago World’s Fair, where Carrie felt she would finally decide if Herman was Mr. Right. It seems obvious that people of all times have always gone through the everyday things of life like the anxiety of starting a new job, or the excitement, sometimes thrilling but sometimes exasperating, of a budding relationship. However, reading all about it in the spidery handwriting of a nineteenth century woman, different from me and yet in many ways the same, was a poignant reminder that everyone can relate to the struggles of young adulthood, even people from over a century ago.

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The Archives and Special Collections will be closed:

Dec. 25, 2017

Dec. 26, 2017

Jan. 1, 2018

 

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A shout out to Dr. Lauren Freese and her ARTH 211 class for visiting the Archives and Special Collections on Friday. We pulled out early examples of hand-written manuscripts, a facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible – Biblia Sacra, a facsimile of the Mainzer Psalter von 1457, and early printed works with woodcut illustrations as well as engravings.

1400s. “From a Latin manuscript, the work of Italian Franciscan monks, containing the prayer of the mass.” Chilson Collection

 

1450? Incipit laus Sancti Bernardi Abatis; Laus de Virgine Maria: Ave mater misericordie, by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux. Poetry. Chilson Collection BX 890 .B43 L3x

 

1454 or 1455 / 1961. Biblia Sacra, by Johann Gutenberg. (Facsimile of the Ansel Verlag edition based on the copy in the Koniglichen Biliothek in Berlin and the Standischen Landesbibliothek, circa 1454 or 1455.) Chilson Collection Z 241 .B58 v. 1 and v. 2.

 

1457 / 1968. Mainzer Psalter von 1457, by the Catholic Church. Chilson Collection BX 2033 .A3 M3 1457a

 

  1. Tusculanarum quaestiones, by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Publisher: Venice, Nicolas Jenson. Chilson Collection PA 6304 .T71 1472

 

  1. De Imitatione Christi (Imitation of Christ), by Thomas à Kempis, printed by Caspar Hochfeder at Nüremberg. Chilson Collection

 

  1. Politica Economica Aristotelis. Leonardo aretino interprete, by Aristotles. Chilson Collection PA 3890 .A8 1506

 

  1. Hortus Sanitatis, by Johann von Cube of Frankfort. Chilson Collection

 

  1. Sententiae ex Thesauris Graecorum Delectae, by Joannes Stobaeus. Printed by Johannes Oporinus of Basle, Switzerland. Chilson Collection PA 4436 .A5 1549

 

  1. Theatrum Anatomicum, by Caspar Bauhin. Printed in Frankfurt am Main, under the patronage of Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel. Chilson Collection QS B353 1604

 

  1. Ecclesiastes. The Song of Solomon, by Robert Barker. “From the first edition of the King James Bible.” Chilson Collection BS1763 1611

 

  1. Cremona fedelissima citta, et nobilissima colonia de Romani: rappresentata in desegno col svo contato, et illvstrate d’vna breve historia delle cose piv notabili appartenenti as essa, et dei ritratti natvrali de dvchi, et dvchesse di Milano, e compendio delle lor vite, by Antonio Campi and Agostino Carracci. Mahoney Music Collection DG 975 .C8 C2 1645

 

  1. L. Annaei Senecae Philosophi Opera, quae extant omnia: A Iusto Lipsio Emendata et Scholiis Illustrata. Engravings by Cornelis Galle the Elder after Peter Paul Rubens. Chilson Collection
  2. Histoire des Juifs, by Flavius Joseph, translated by Arnauld d’Andilly. Chilson Collection DS 116. J81 1681

 

  1. Gabinetto Armonico pieno d’istromenti ti sonori, indicati, spiegati, e di nuovo corretti ed accresciuti, by Filippo Buonanni. Mahoney Music Collection ML 460 .B94 1723

 

  1. Versuch einer grundlichen Violinschule, entworfen und mit 4. Kupfertafeln sammt einer Tabelle, by Leopold Mozart. Mahoney Music Collection MT 262 .M93 1756

 

  1. Grondig onderwys in het behandelen der viool, by Leopold Mozart. Mahoney Music Collection MT 262. M93 1766

 

  1. Lutherie: contenant trente-quatre planches, dont une double, by Denis Diderot, Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, and Robert Bénard. Mahoney Music Collection ML 460. L87 1767

 

 

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This month we say goodbye to our archivist as she moves on to the next stage of her career. She taught us many things, including how much fun cookbooks are and how these books have historical research value.

 

Cookbooks are a valuable historical source because “the study of culinary history isn’t about food – it’s about the people who prepare and consume this food.” (Sarah Lohman. Eight flavors: the untold story of American cuisine. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016, p. xvii.

 

Below is a list of cookbooks (or cookery as the library catalog calls them) found in the Chilson Collection in the Archives and Special Collections. The books are listed from newest to oldest.

 

South Dakota’s governors residence cookbook: a culinary legacy celebrating the first families of South Dakota. Kearney, NE: Morris Press Cookbooks, 2007.

 

Gueldner, R. M. H. German food & folkways: heirloom memories from Europe, South Russia & the Great Plains. Fargo, ND: Germans from Russian Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, 2002.

 

Spuka Sni Win. Lakota traditional and contemporary recipes. Pine Ridge, S.D.: Spuka Sni Win, 1999.

 

Luchetti, Cathy. Home on the range: a culinary history of the American West. New York: Villard Books, 1993.

 

Young, Kay. Wild seasons: gathering and cooking wild plants of the Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.

 

Walker, Barbara M. The Little House cookbook: frontier foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic stories. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

 

Grandma’s cookbook: pioneering recipes of Northeastern South Dakota. Watertown, S. D.: Friends of the Kampeska Heritage Museum, 1976.

 

The homestead cookbook: for home and family use. Seattle: Superior Pub. Co., 1976.

 

Kreidberg, Marjorie. Food on the frontier: Minnesota cooking from 1850 to 1900, with selected recipes. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1975.

 

Marquiss, Toots. Buffalo cook book. Rapid City, S. D.: Crane Publ. Co., Inc., 1972.

 

Century Czech recipes of Tabor community: Tabor, South Dakota. Tabor, S.D.: [1972?].

 

McGovern, Eleanor. The Eleanor McGovern cookbook: a collection of South Dakota family favorites. Mitchell, S.D.: Citizens for McGovern, [ca. 1970].

 

Beeton, (Isabella Mary). The book of household management. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1969.

 

Adams, Ramon F. Come an’ get it; the story of the old cowboy cook. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, [1952].

 

Another year with Your Neighbor Lady. Sioux City and Yankton: Radio Station WNAX, 1949.

 

Robinson, Eva Roberta. The timely cookbook. Aberdeen: South Dakota Food Administration, 1918.

 

Good things to eat and how to prepare them: over two hundred choice recipes. Buffalo, N.Y.: Larkin Co., 1906.

 

Help one another cook book. Aberdeen: Dakota farmer, [19??].

 

If you want to do research using local cookbooks, The Hilton M. Briggs Library at South Dakota State University is currently collecting cookbooks created by South Dakota schools, churches, hospitals, families, and other organizations. They are displaying them online as the South Dakota Community Cookbook Collection on the SDSU site Open Prairie.

 

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Was a professor from the University of South Dakota, Dr. Marjorie Eastwood Dudley (1891-1961), the first woman in America to write a symphony for a major orchestra? (The South Dakotan, November 1977, p. 3) It would be fun to find what symphony she wrote and for which orchestra. Maybe the answer is in her papers, which were at the Archives and Special Collections but now reside at the National Music Museum.

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Image from USD Photograph Collection

 

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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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The Osborne Collection of Early English Children’s books, were donated by Edgar Osborne, to the Toronto Public Library after he visited the library in 1934. He was so impressed with their children’s program that he donated 2,000 books to the library. Since then the collection has grown into a large collection of over 80,000 children’s books. The Osborne collection is just one of three collections in the libraries children program. Those books that are a part of the Osborne Collection have parameters that require them to have been printed before 1910.

The facsimile collection of Osborne books is made up of 35 books published in 1981. The University of South Dakota houses all 35 books with in its Special Collection, in the Archives and Special Collections. An interesting fact about the books is that they were printed in the same manner as the originals. So if pages are printed blank, like they are in A Book of Nonsense then that is the way they were meant to be printed.

Many of the books within the collection are interactive. The Mansion of Bliss is in fact not a book but a spiral board game that was meant to improve one’s moral values. The game was one of chance, in which 2-4 players were racing one another to see who could make it to the mansion of bliss first. Along with the game is a rule book that explains each space and whether the player who landed there will be punished or rewarded.

Come and enjoy viewing the Facsimile Osborne Collection of Early English Children’s Books, now on display up in the USD Archives.

Bibliography

Toronto Public Library. “Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books.” Copyright 2016. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/osborne/ [accessed October 19, 2016].

Dunedin Public Libraries. “Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books.” Julian Smith, August 13, 2015. Copyright 2016. https://hail.to/dunedin-public-libraries/article/D1lQo6S [accessed October 19, 2016].

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