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Wyman and Claire (Berthiaume) Whitney Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2011-115

Content Description

The collection consists of materials from Wyman and Claire (Berthiaume) Whitney. Wyman A Whitney was born January 21, 1921 to Harry and Jessie (McGillivray) Whitney in Wessington Springs (S.D.). He graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1939 and attended dental school at the University of Minnesota. He entered ROTC training during dental school and entered WWII in 1944 and later served in the Korean War being discharged in 1953. He married Claire (Berthiaume) Whitney on December 7, 1952 at the US Military Academy at West Point (NY). They moved to Pierre in 1953 and Wyman set up a dental practice. Claire (Berthiaume) Whitney was born March 24, 1922 in Spencer (MA) to Henry and Olivine Berthiaume. After high school Claire attended nursing school and became a Registered Nurse. She served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. She reenlisted during the Korean War and served out her military career at the US Military Academy at West Point (NY) were she met her husband. The collection mainly includes materials from both Wyman and Claire’s military service during World War II. Also included are materials from their youth in both Wessington Springs (S.D.) and Spencer (MA). Items pertaining to Dr. Harry C. Whitney (Wyman’s father) and the Whitney family of Wessington Springs are also included. A content list is included.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1920s-1950s


3.5 Cubic Feet


9003A Folder 1: Life Insurance Policies: Wyman and Claire Whitney Folder 2: Military Records/Photographs: Wyman Whitney Folder 3: Military Records: Claire Berthiaume Folder 4: Military Records: Claire Berthiaume 9003B Folder 1: Wyman and Claire (Berthiaume) Whitney Wedding Photos, November 1952 Folder 2: Wyman and Claire Whitney photograph Folder 3: Wyman Whitney, Certificates Folder 4: Claire Berthiaume—School of Nursing: certificates, diploma, photos Folder 5: Claire Berthiaume—Surgery Diary, May-July 1943 Folder 6: Whitney and Berthiaume, Family Genealogy Folder 7: Abstract and Title, Whitney Residence, Pierre, SD Folder 8: Dental Notes/Instructions—Wyman Whitney Folder 9: Dental School Notes—Wyman Whitney, University of Minnesota 9004A Folder 1: Harry C. Whitney—Letters (Correspondence) Folder 2: Wyman Whitney, photographs Postcards: Custer State Park (S.D.)--Game Lodge, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Peter Norbeck, Verendrye Monument, Black Hills (S.D.), Belle Fourche Irrigation Dam Folder 3: Yearbook: The Hillcrest, Wessington Springs (S.D.), 1934 and 1936 Folder 4: Whitney family photos, Wessington Springs (S.D.) Folder 5: Wyman Whitney, Report Cards-Wessington Springs (S.D.), ca. 1930s Folder 6: Wyman Whitney, Diploma-Wessington Springs (S.D.), 1939 Folder 7: Wyman Whitney, Miscellaneous school materials Folder 8: Wyman Whitney, School Projects I Folder 9: Wyman Whitney, School Projects II 9004B Folder 1: Wyman Whitney, Dental Training Program materials Folder 2: Wyman Whitney, Photos-World War II service Folder 3: Claire Berthiaume letters to Madeline (Dumas) Corwin, ca. 1945 Folder 4: Claire Berthiaume, Report Cards-David Prouty High School, Spencer, MA Folder 5: Claire Berthiaume, Letters (Correspondence), World War II era, ca. 1940s Folder 6: Claire Berthiaume, Letters (Correspondence), Letters to Parents I, World War II era Folder 7: Claire Berthiaume, Letters (Correspondence), Letters to Parents II, World War II era Folder 8: Claire Berthiaume, Photos-World War II era, Family Photos ca. 1950s-1970s Folder 9: Berthiaume Brothers, Letters (Correspondence), Letters to Parents 9005 Ledger Book: Dr. Harry Whitney, Daily Dental Ledger, November 1920-January 1927 Ledger Book: Dr. Harry Whitney, Daily Dental Ledger, 1931-1938 Scrapbook: News clippings on Whitney family members, Wessington Springs, ca. 1908-1913 Daily Logbook for Dentists: Wyman Whitney, 1950 Scrapbook: “We the People,” Claire Berthiaume school days, Spencer, MA Photo Album: “Photograph,” Wyman Whitney school days, Wessington Springs (S.D.) Yearbook: “The Gopher,” 1910, University of Minnesota, Harry C. Whitney Yearbook: “The Gopher,” 1944, University of Minnesota, Wyman Whitney Photo Album: “Photographs,” Wyman Whitney, military service Photograph: Claire Berthiaume, U.S. Army, Nursing Corps Photo Album: West Point (N.Y.) Wyman Whitney and Claire Berthiaume Travel Diary: Claire Berthiaume, March 31-April 17, 1953 Spencer, MA to Wessington Springs (S.D.) to Denver, CO Photo Album: Claire Berthiaume, World War II—Philippines, General Dwight D. Eisenhower FB 553 Photograph: Eva (Kimball) Whitney, mother of Harry Whitney Photograph: Group of men in deer hunting party Booklet: Dialectic Society, West Point (N.Y.), 1952 Photographs (2): Harry Carroll Whitney (college photos, University of Minnesota) Diploma: Harry C. Whitney, University of Minnesota, Doctor of Dental Surgery Certificate: SD State Board of Dental Examiners, Dr. H. C. Whitney Photograph: Wyman Whitney x-raying patient, Army Dental Corp. Certificate: SD State Board of Dental Examiners-Wyman Whitney D.D.S. Certificate: MN State Board of Dental Examiners-Wyman Whitney D.D.S. 8535C S.S. Peter and Paul Church (Pierre, S.D.), interior and exterior MD 118 F3 Ownership Map of Jerauld County, South Dakota, 1956 Panoramic Photo: Claire Berthiaume, Nurses Corp, Korean War, African American nurses Panoramic Photo: Claire Berthiaume, Nurses Corp, World War II Panoramic Photo: Wyman Whitney, Minnesota State Board Dental Examiners, 1944