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Henry M. Reed Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2009-069

Content Description

The collection consists of various photos, correspondence, and other collected materials relating to the life of Henry M. Reed. The bulk of the collection includes photographs (and negatives) of Reed’s various national flags on display in Pierre. Mr. Reed was born in Lebanon (IN) on December 26, 1872. On January 12, 1898 he married Sarah Isabel Rhodes in Oak, IA. Reed was a jeweler and optometrist who moved to Pierre in 1910 and kept the business until his retirement in 1948. Reed was a 35th degree Mason and was very active in other Pierre organizations. He died December 24, 1965. Reed is perhaps best known for his making of flags. His flag making and flag designing began during World War I, and many of his flags were used for various patriotic events in Pierre. Mr. Reed made 170 flags from various nations. Henry had a keen sense for history, particularly Civil War history, and was a long time member of the State Historical Society.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910-1940



0.25 Cubic Feet