Mahoney Music Collection has books and journals with beautiful illustrations and photographs of musical instruments.


Buonanni, Filippo. Gabinetto armonico pieno d’instromenti ti sonori, indicati, spiegati, e di nuovo corretti ed accresciuti.


Here are a few:


Buonanni, Filippo. Gabinetto armonico pieno d’instromenti ti sonori, indicati, spiegati, e di nuovo corretti ed accresciuti. Roma: Nella stamperia di G. Placho, 1723. ML460 .B94 1723


Hipkins, Alfred J. Musical instruments, historic, rare and unique. Edinburgh: A. and C. Black, 1888, ML460 .H66 1888.


Lachmann, Erich. Erich Lachmann collection of historical stringed musical instruments. Los Angeles: Allan Hancock Foundation, University of Southern California, 1950, ML462.L8 L3.


Thöne, Jost. Italian & French violin makers. Grottammare, Italy: Jost Thöne, 2003, ML800 .T56 2003.


Yokoyama, Shinichi. The Classic bowed stringed instruments from the Smithsonian Institution. Tokyo: Gakken, c1986, ML462 W33 S64 1986.


The Strad: A monthly journal for professionals and amateurs of all stringed instruments played with the bow, issues from 1929 through 2017.


Happy anniversary Mahoney Music Collection. This collection was opened to researchers ten years ago this month.





Marjorie Eastwood Dudley

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.


Image from USD Photograph Collection


Alvin Wilson Scrapbook

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.






Observatory at USD

University of South Dakota constructed an observatory one hundred years ago, in 1917.


Image from the Digital Library of South Dakota.

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.

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.



Several University of South Dakota faculty from the 1890-1891 school year pose for their portraits.


Pictured left to right:

J. A. Ness, B.A., professor of the Greek language and literature

H. Schmidt-Wartenberg, M. A., Ph. D., professor of the modern languages

George S. Thomas, M. A., Ph. D., professor of Latin language and literature

Gerhardt C. Mars, M. A., professor of the English language and literature

Lorrain S. Hulburt, M. A., professor of mathematics and astronomy

Mary E. Allen, B. A., associate professor of Greek language and literature

Fred W. Speirs, B. S., acting professor of history and political economy

Garry E. Culver, M. A., professor of geology and mineralogy

Henry E. Kratz, Ph. M., Ph. D., professor of the science and art of teaching, and principal of the normal department

— USD Photograph Collection, “Catalogue of the University of South Dakota for the year 1890-91,” University of South Dakota.

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