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Erlis Guy Butterbaugh Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-092

Content Description

The collection consists of correspondence, postcards, maps, sample ballots, and two diaries compiled by Erlis Guy Butterbaugh, a homesteader in Perkins County circa 1910s. According to census records, E.G. Butterbaugh was born in Iowa in 1886. The 1910 Federal Census has Butterbaugh living in Perkins County. The 1920 Federal Census has him, his wife Emma and daughter Beatrice living in Iowa. Mr. Butterbaugh died in January 1978. The collection features two diaries, dated 1910 and 1911, which feature Mr. Butterbaugh’s homesteading experience in Perkins County, Chaudoin Township. The postcards include images of Butterbaugh, his homestead, and farm life around Perkins County. Also included are various land description drawings and a diagram of the interior of Butterbaugh’s sodhouse. The collection contains Land Assessments and Tax Records for Butterbaugh’s property ca. 1940s-1980s. The correspondence is mainly between Beatrice Butterbaugh and the individuals who were leasing her father’s land in Perkins County. Also featured is a flier concerning Oil production in South Dakota ca. 1910s. There are two maps with the collection. The first is a Department of Immigration map of South Dakota ca. 1915. The map includes photos and write-ups of various South Dakota scenes and activities. (31 ½” x 22”) The second map is a U.S. Department of Agriculture map titled, “Reconnaissance Soil Survey of Western South Dakota dated 1911. The color map shows various soil types and there location in western South Dakota. (48”x 38”) The collection also features four Perkins County, sample ballots dated November 8, 1910. The ballots include congressional, state and local offices along with a number of amendments and acts. One of the ballots was wrapped with a paper that reads, “Longest Ballot ever voted in U.S.A.” The ballot measures 6’ 5 ¼”. The maps and ballots are stored in MD304.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s
  • ca. 1940s-1980s



0.25 Cubic Feet