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George Jorgenson Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2016-070

Content Description

The collection consists of a number of photographs and postcards collected by George Jorgenson. The items were originally offered to the Smith-Zimmerman Museum in Madison, who then transferred them to the South Dakota State Archives. The majority of the images date from the 1900s to 1920s. An 8 ½” x 5” image of the whaleback steamer “Christopher Columbus” was transferred to the Jim Dan Hill Library, Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Superior. Wall Drug publications were added to the Wall Drug Vertical File.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s-1920s



0.25 Cubic Feet


6526C Folder 1: Postcards include Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, S.D.), Oldham (S.D.) main street, a man on a tractor harvesting wheat, Ashton (S.D.) Canadian dog race, Egan (S.D.) public school, Sylvan Lake—South Dakota, fisherman at Wall Lake (Hartford, S.D.), early road scene in the Black Hills, Egan (S.D.) main street. Photographs include images from the South Dakota State Fair (Huron, S.D.), Sylvan Lake and Sylvan Lake Hotel, a “South Dakota” sign near a bridge crossing the Big Sioux River, a truck accident on a bridge, Geese decoys, Corn Palace (Mitchell, S.D.), Queen Bee Mill (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Bridal Veil Falls, and a parade from 1955 in Salem (S.D.). Folder 2: Photographs of the James River near Olivet (S.D.), an artesian well near Lake Andes (S.D.), an unidentified Norwegian wedding, Hans Urdahl—1947, and an image of a boat in the water titled, “Waterbury’s boat.” Folder 3: Photograph of Charles Lindbergh and the “Spirit of St. Louis” at Renner (S.D.) in August of 1927. Folder 4: Two photographs of the Scotty Philip buffalo herd. One image is attributed to G. W. Rowe—Photo Studio (Fort Pierre, S.D.). Folder 5: Sheet Music (2) words and music by Madison (S.D.) native Ira Hollingsworth “I’m Longing to See You, Louise,” 1930 “My Little Lou,” 1930 FB 557 Four images titled, “Early Residents of S.D.” depicting buffalo, Native Americans, teepees and meat drying.