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Mary L. Reed Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 03474 C
Identifier: H2012-083

Content Description

The collection consists of photographs, postcards, and certificates relating to Mary L. Reed. The collection contains two State of South Dakota, Department of Public Instruction teaching certificates dated 1894 and 1897 for first grade county instruction and include grades for various topics passed by Ms. Reed. Also featured are two of Mary Reed’s Certificates of Election for the Superintendent of Schools for Custer County dated 1900 and 1902. The collection also contains a number of Reed family cabinet photos, though none of the images are identified including some photos of family members from New York. The collection does include a postcard of cattle shipments in Wasta (S.D.) along with cattle herd images. Mary’s brother W. H. Reed lived in the Wasta area. According to her obituary Mary L Reed was born in New York in 1852 and came to South Dakota in the mid-1890s and moved to Custer County around 1900. She became superintendent of schools for Custer County and was postmistress for the town of Pringle (S.D.). She died April 27, 1915. Two cabinet cards and a green autograph book dating to 1896 were added to the collection in September 2021.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1894
  • 1897
  • 1900
  • 1902
  • ca. 1890s-1900s


0.1 Cubic Feet