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Howard and Kathryn Loitwood Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-071

Content Description

The collection consists of research materials, photos, a DVD, and VHS Tapes on the collections of Howard and Kathryn Loitwood of Gettysburg (S.D.). The Loitwood’s main body of research involves the discovery and display of various Arikara Indian artifacts found at the Swan Creek Village including arrowheads, stone and bone tools. The Loitwood’s accumulated the artifacts, found along the banks of the Missouri River west of Gettysburg, from 1925-1965. The research materials include various writings on the Arikara Indians and the Loitwood’s artifact collections. The DVD shows footage of the Loitwood’s framed Arikara artifact collections. There are three VHS tapes in the collection. The first is an interview with Kathryn Loitwood talking about various topics in Potter County history including General Custer, Medicine Rock, glaciers in South Dakota, hand rocks, and her family history. A second video is similar to the DVD footage of the the Loitwood’s framed Arikara artifact collections. A third video titled, “Gettysburg, South Dakota-The Legacy Lives On” was produced by Eagle Peak Productions in 1993. The film shows the connection between Civil War veterans and the early settling of Gettysburg. The film features commentary from Thelma Hepper and Winifred Faucet. Also included are a photograph and postcards of then President Calvin Coolidge and his visit to South Dakota during the summer of 1927. The photo features Boy Scouts from Gettysburg with the president. Additional materials on Bernie Webb and Diana (Loitwood) Webb were added to the State Archive’s Biographical Files.

Acquisition Type


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  • ca. 1920s - 1960s


1 dvds

3 videotapes

0.25 Cubic Feet