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Archives and Special Collections recently received a scrapbook created by A. L. Wilson. This scrapbook contains approximately 80 programs for voice student recitals, university choir, and other music groups from 1916 to 1965, plus a few news clippings, and it complements another collection we have of music programs.





Alvin Leroy (A. L.) Wilson taught voice at the University of South Dakota 1915 to 1968.






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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.

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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.

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From the Peter Norbeck Papers, Box 11

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News report :: Institute of American Indian Studies - USD

Charles Trimble was born in Wanblee SD in 1935. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from USD in 2008 for his distinguished record of public service, and was inducted in the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2013.


Below are listed some of the organizations Mr. Trimble has served:

American Indian Press Association

National Congress of American Indian

American Indian National Bank in Washington DC


National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

World Council of Indigenous Peoples

U.N. Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities

Human Rights Experts meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State Historical Society

Board of the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation

State Historic Preservation Board

American Folklife Center Board of Trustees in the Library of Congress

Institute of American Indian Studies at the University of South Dakota


For his biography and a more complete list of his service, see the Institute of American Indian Studies News Report, Spring 2009 on the Digital Library of South Dakota (http://dlsd.sdln.net/cdm/ref/collection/iais/id/1) and his South Dakota Hall of Fame 2013 presentation (http://www.sdhalloffame.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=78&iid=681&first=&last=&catid=&home_town=&date_inducted=2013).

Please contact the Archives and Special Collections for a guide to his papers.

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In the Archives and Special Collections, we have examples of schoolwork that were part of the South Dakota education exhibit at the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893.


USD president, Joseph Mauck, was the head South Dakota education exhibit for the fair (Cummins, The University of South Dakota 1862-1966, p. 51).

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Growing up just a half hour away from Mt. Rushmore, I can tell you that the beauty and grandeur is as great as the hype about it is. Though as a Rapid City native I have not visited the monument as often as one would guess, really I can count on my hands and feet the number of times I have been there (that I can really remember). To me, it is one of those places in which, less is more. I have a greater respect for the monument now that I am older and not living within its shadow.

To think that 75 years ago, the Mt. Rushmore the world knows today, was but an idea a large group was working to cultivate. That Gutzon Borglum and his team of carvers began work on the face of Washington. The project was in the works from 1927 when carving began to 1941, when what is now the finished project was unveiled, after the death of Borglum. Throughout the years of carving, many made journeys to see the monuments work in progress, including two US presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Today the monument attracts visitors from all over the globe. They are amazed by the monumental size of the sculptures, and by the beauty of the visitor’s center which gives an abundance of information on the monument. One of the prominent reasons for visiting Mt. Rushmore would be the lighting ceremony held at the end of every night. This is a major part of the monument and during the ceremony, park rangers leading the ceremony ask that any and all former and active duty service men and women take center stage. This part of the ceremony is the most moving point and as each member of the military explains who they are and which war they were a part of, there is little to no noise as this is a moment of thanks to those in service. Another great reason to visit Mt. Rushmore is the ice cream, or so I’ve been told.

The biggest lore surrounding the monument is the famed Hall of Records that is located behind the head of Lincoln. The room does exist though it is not found behind the head of Lincoln but off to the side of the monument.

Within the University of South Dakota’s Archives and Special Collections, there are 19 collections that contain information regarding Mt. Rushmore, and the process in which it took for the monument to be built, including papers between those who helped fund, sculpt, and shape the monument and visitors center in the modern beauty that it is today.

If you would like to know more about those involved and the process that they went through to create the monument, come visit the Archives and Special Collections to see the display for Mt. Rushmore or ask about the collections that discuss Mt. Rushmore. The display will be up and ready for viewing by November 1, 2016.

And as a friendly reminder, if visiting the monument, take a moment to stop and smell the pine trees, you never know if one will smell like vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch or strawberry.

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