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Lillis E. and John E. Anderson Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2014-078

Content Description

The collection consists of various items relating to Lillis and John Anderson of Pierre (S.D.). Lillis (Lee) Anderson was born July 5, 1894 at Owatonna, MN to Herman and Mary (Richter) Lee. She grew up in Owatonna and went to college at both Aberdeen (S.D.) and Madison (S.D.). After earning her teaching certificate in 1915, she taught at Rousseau (S.D.) in Hughes County. She married John Anderson on July 14, 1919 at Hot Springs (S.D.) and the couple moved to Pierre where they raised three children. She worked for the South Dakota Legislature for many years and for Hughes County. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion auxiliaries. She died on March 12, 1992. Box 6473 includes a sample ballot from the South Dakota election of November 2, 1958, a “South Dakota Pioneer Certificate” for the Anderson family dated 1988, a letter dated February 12 1972 to Lillis Anderson from South Dakota Speaker of the House Don Osheim, a 1974 official directory and rules of South Dakota Senate and House of Representatives, two postcards of the State Capitol, one postcard of a State Fireman’s Convention parade in Pierre, one photo of a Texaco station near the State Capitol and one photograph showing a leather couch in the interior of the State Capitol rotunda area. Most of the images date to the late 1930s to early 1940s. Map drawer 116 folder 5 holds a (17x23) map of a public auction sale of government lots in northwestern Pierre on March 27, 1959. Flat box 649 contains a (10x14) black and white photo of Governor Joe Foss at his desk with Lillis Anderson to the far right. The other women in the photo are members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Also in the box are photocopied homestead documents for the Anderson family land in South Dakota, a state marriage certificate and religious marriage certificate for Lillis and John Anderson from July 1919. The box also contains a 152 page volume titled “Mailing Room Legislative, 1965-40th Session,” naming Suzanne Pries as Chief Mailing Clerk. The volume lists the legislators from 1965 (House and Senate) and what is assumed to be mailing costs. Parts of the volume were used as a scrapbook and some pages have news clippings affixed to them.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s-1970s
  • March 27, 1959
  • November 2, 1958
  • 1988


0.25 Cubic Feet