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Carol (Davis) Axtman Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-051

Content Description

The collection consists of three scrapbooks, yearbooks, school publications, and photographs of Carol (Davis) Axtman who attended high school at Columbia (S.D.). As a whole, the collection offers excellent insight into high school life and activities in the early 1950s. The first and a smallest scrapbook has a red cover and includes information on the Aberdeen Pheasants (Baseball Team), eight grade graduation, Northern State University band clinic; basketball news clippings, photographs, and tournament programs; and music recital programs. The second scrapbook has a black cover and includes topics such as the State B Boys Basketball Tournament, 4-H, photographs, news clippings, Aberdeen Pheasants (Baseball Team), play programs, basketball tournament news clippings, declamatory contest programs, athletic banquets, graduation programs, and various ephemera. The third scrapbook also has a red cover and includes information on South Dakota Girls State, news clippings, certificates, Sacajawea Scroll (Girls State publication), play programs, declamatory contest programs, play programs; basketball schedules, programs, news clippings, tournaments; High School graduation, cards, and various ephemera. The collection also contains two photo albums. The first album has a red cover and the word “Snaps” on the cover. The album includes photographs of various Columbia High School proms from the early 1950s. The second photo album cover has the work “Snapshots” on the cover featuring a hand painted Native American in a canoe on a river. “Pierre, S. Dak.” is stamped on the cover. The photo album includes photographs from Davis family vacations and high school trips. Included are fishing and camping scenes and 4-H camp at Richmond Lake. Black Hills images including Ben Black Elk, Mount Rushmore, Spearfish Canyon, Calamity Jane’s gravesite, and Dinosaur Park. Also included are photos of a Congregational Church camp at Lake Kampeska, a band trip, and Girls State photos at Dakota Wesleyan University. The collection also contains a publication “The Comet” printed monthly by the students of Columbia High School dating from November 1953 to May 1955. Five yearbooks for Columbia High School, “The Comet,” are also included from 1953-1957. Finally, the collection includes a number of black and white photos featuring high school men and women’s basketball teams and cheerleaders. The collection also includes three digital images of the Columbia High School basketball team. Those images are saved on the State Archives N: drive.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1950s



30.3 Megabytes

1 Cubic Feet