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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as an undergraduate, having taken an archiving class at Augustana, so I was looking forward to the chance to dig into historical documents again with the Krueger-Kruse collection.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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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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Archives and Special Collections is pleased to announce that a small selection of material from the Larry Pressler Papers has been digitized and is now available in the Digital Library of South Dakota. These documents have been selected to coincide with the recent publication of Senator Pressler’s book, Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent, for which Senator Pressler used numerous materials from his papers located in the Archives and Special Collections. These selected materials relate to Pakistan, nuclear nonproliferation, and the Pressler Amendment. Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent was published in July, 2017.

Senator Larry Pressler, born March 29, 1942 in Humboldt, South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1964. He later attended Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School.  He served in the US House of Representatives from 1975-1979 and the US Senate from 1979-1997, becoming the first Vietnam veteran elected to the Senate. The Larry Pressler Papers are a closed collection housed within the Archives and Special Collections at the University of South Dakota that maintain a comprehensive account of the Senator’s life and work in service to the state of South Dakota.

The photographs featured below, as well as several others, can be found in the University of South Dakota Photograph Collection, Series 3.

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One hundred years ago, South Dakota elected its first native-born governor; this governor, Peter Norbeck, proved to be one of the most progressive governors in South Dakota history. Norbeck was born in Vermillion, Clay County, on August 27, 1870. Though he did not receive an official degree, Norbeck attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for several terms and briefly taught school before marrying Lydia Anderson in 1900. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Redfield, South Dakota, in 1901, where Peter and partner Charles Nicholson formed the company of Norbeck & Nicholson, which revolutionized artesian well drilling. He entered politics in 1908, serving in the state Senate until 1915; as lieutenant governor from 1915 to 1916; as the first native South Dakotan governor from 1917 to 1921; and as United States Senator from 1921 until his death from a heart attack on December 20, 1936, in Redfield.

During his tenure as a politician, Norbeck assisted in the endorsement of many state-owned agencies, including a cement plant that officially opened in 1923 from legislation passed in 1919 and remained opened until its sale in 2001; the 1918 enfranchisement of South Dakota women; the passage of legislation in his second gubernatorial term creating the Custer State Park in the Black Hills; the development of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and implemented an extensive road construction program throughout South Dakota.

The Norbeck Papers, located at the USD Archives, consist chiefly of correspondence, manuscript, and print materials relating to Norbeck’s political service as governor of South Dakota and as United States Senator, though the boxes are very loosely organized. The materials span the years 1896-1936, concentrating heavily on Norbeck’s tenure as U.S. Senator from 1921 to his death in 1936. Overall, the collection can be broken into three general categories: political correspondence, financial materials, and personal materials, including correspondence with members of Norbeck’s family, trips, and copies of speeches. Additional materials include a box of books, a box of photographs, an individually wrapped scrapbook, and 3 oversize maps.

The South Dakota Oral History Center, located on second floor of I. D. Weeks Library, has several oral histories that recall Peter Norbeck. Many of the interviews include a discussion of what South Dakota was like in the early 1900s and include topics such as Governor Norbeck, the flu epidemic of 1918, the Nonpartisan League, Prohibition, and the Norbeck-Nicholson firm in Redfield, South Dakota.

For more information, visit the Archives and Special Collections to look at the Peter Norbeck papers (MS 116) today – including the attached photographs of the first native-born South Dakota governor.

 

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The Archives and Special Collections will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day and May 30-June 2 for re-carpeting.

The third floor of the ID Weeks Library may be inaccessible for periods of time in May.  Please use the east stairwell to access the Archives or stop by the circulation desk for directions.  Please contact the Archives for more information if you are planning on visiting in May or if you have any questions.

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The Archives and Special Collections will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day and May 30-June 2 for re-carpeting.

The third floor of the ID Weeks Library may be inaccessible for periods of time in May.  Please use the east stairwell to access the Archives or stop by the circulation desk for directions.  Please contact the Archives for more information if you are planning on visiting in May or if you have any questions.

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the I.D. Weeks Library building, the Archives and Special Collections has organized a special exhibit to display the changes of the USD library through the years, from the beginning of the university in 1882 through today.

The first exhibit on the second floor of I.D. Weeks focuses on a specific aspect of the library’s construction – Operation Book Lift, which was held in April 1967. Of particular note is an actual fabric bag that was used by USD students and faculty to help haul books from the original library building from 1912 to the new library building.

The second exhibit, outside of the Archives and Special Collections room, focuses on the role of women throughout the library’s history. Several women were head librarians and some even had the role of dean. Another aspect discusses the large donation by a Sioux Falls woman, including a rare 1817 edition of Homer’s The Iliad, and the final aspect analyzes the discrimination against USD’s female students.

The final and biggest portion of the exhibit is a timeline of the library. Though most of the library’s original books were destroyed in a massive fire in 1893, students, faculty, and community members donated books to help the university’s library to grow. In 1912, Andrew Carnegie donated a library building, allowing the library to be housed in its own place for the first time since the university’s founding. After various expansions and renovations, and a rise in students, President I.D. Weeks (who was president of USD from 1935-1966) reached out to the Board of Regents in hopes to build an entirely new library building to house the library’s almost 300,000 volumes. The new library opened in spring 1967 with an official dedication in fall 1967.

Over the next few months, the exhibit will be on display; for those unable to view the exhibit in person, photos will be attached with this post! For more information regarding the exhibit or any of the materials used, please visit the Archives and Special Collections on third floor for a list of the collections consulted.

 

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