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Ethel May Wright Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2008-027

Content Description

The collection consists of genealogy, letters, autograph albums, sketches, photos, and a diary of Ethel May Wright. Ethel was born in Bowdle, SD on February 12, 1896 to Richard and Anne (Olson) Wright. The collection also includes the original handwritten memoir of the life of Ethel May Wright. A typed version (and digital version) of the memoir is in collection H2007-028. Other items in the collection include: Ethel’s autograph album, an autograph album of Ethel’s mother (Anna Mary Olson) with names of people who lived in South Dakota in the 1880s with some names written in Norwegian, various letters written to Ethel containing details of everyday life in South Dakota in the nineteenth century, a sketch by Anna Olson done in 1895, Ethel’s sketch of “Uncle Albert’s” home, Ethel’s diary during her time in Mobridge when she was with the Helpful Circle Club – 1910-1913, greeting cards, obituaries, death notice card, a “Bridal Souvenir” book from the wedding of Richard and Anna Wright – 1895, Land Office certificates for Aanon Olson and Mary Olson, and photographs of family members and the Mobridge area. The red “Marshal” ribbon will be offered to the museum of the State Historical Society for their consideration.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1890s - 1910s



0.5 Cubic Feet