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Esther V. Headley Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2013-110

Content Description

The collection consists of materials concerning Esther V. Headley and her volunteer activities with various organizations, mainly the South Dakota Parent Teachers Association, National Parent Teachers Association, Association for the United Nations (AAUN) and Committee for Education in South Dakota dating from the 1940s-1960s. The collection mainly consists of correspondence and news clippings. There are also a collection of speeches and talks given by Mrs. Headley at various events throughout the state and the nation. Esther (Sundvold) Headley-Stiles was born September 29, 1905 at Carpenter (S.D.) to Martin and Inger (Skinrud) Sundvold. Educated in South Dakota, she earned her teaching certificate in 1924 and taught in Spink and Clark counties for several years. She married George Headley on June 12, 1935 and they farmed near Garden City (S.D.) until 1976. She was a member of numerous boards and committees at both the state and national level being president of the South Dakota PTA, national Vice President of the PTA and an appointee to the National Citizen’s Council of Better Schools. She was also South Dakota president of the American Association of the United Nations. She received an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from South Dakota State University in 1957 and was also awarded the T.M. Risk award from the University of South Dakota in 1976 for her outstanding leadership in educational activities in the state.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1940s-1960s


2.5 Cubic Feet