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Vonnie (Karlen) Shields Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-093

Content Description

The main part of this collection consists of four scrapbooks created by Vonnie (Karlen) Shields while attending high school at Columbia (S.D.) from 1957-1961. The scrapbooks include various high school scenes including football players, cheerleaders, boys and girls basketball players, prom, band, glee club, 4-H, graduation, and fellow high school students. Also included are school programs, publications, activity tickets, and various news clippings. There are also programs and news clippings on basketball tournaments. The scrapbooks offer an excellent example of high school life in the late 1950s in South Dakota. Also included are sixteen black and white photographs of the Rudy and Dorothy Karlan farm north of Columbia (S.D.) from the 1940s. The photos include images of cattle, horses, and farm equipment. Ten postcard views are also in the collection and show town views of Houghton (S.D.), Ree Heights (S.D.), the Brookings (S.D.) depot, and a fire at the Milwaukee Depot in Aberdeen (S.D.) 1911. The collection includes yearbooks from Springfield State Normal School, Southernaire (1960-1963) and Parkston High School, Trojan (1954, 1957-1959). Two issues of the Pierre Gumbo (’72-’73) are already held in our collections and will not be added.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1957-1961



1.5 Cubic Feet