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Sophia “Toby” Rados Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2018-040

Content Description

The collection consists of three photo albums of images taken and compiled by Sophia “Toby” Rados who was a lab technician at the South Dakota State Sanatorium for Tuberculosis at Sanator (S.D.). The images generally date from the 1930s to 1950s. The majority of images show patients, doctors, nurses and staff at the sanatorium. Few of the individuals are identified. There are also a number of unidentified family, children and vacation scenes. It is assumed that many of the images are of acquaintances of Sophia’s. There are also some non-South Dakota related images. Sophia was born January 25, 1916 in Scotland (S.D.) to Frank Rados and Stella (Stazi) Desidaria Sabatka. The images are from her various travels and work at the sanatorium. She was originally a patient at the sanatorium. She went on to attend college at Creighton University (Omaha, NE) and returned to Sanator to work as a lab technician. Other images in the collection include Mount Rushmore National Monument, Harney Peak, Pigtail Bridge in the Black Hills, Sylvan Lake Hotel, Badlands, Dinosaur Park, Spearfish Canyon, American Buffalo/Bison, Wall Drug Store and Deadwood (S.D.). Included are images of World War II era soldiers in uniform. There is also a small unidentified chest x-ray in the collection. A number of Catholic Church images are within the collection including the Catholic churches at Alexandria (S.D.) and Parker (S.D.). There are also images and a program from the Silver Jubilee celebration at St. John’s Catholic Church (Castlewood, S.D.) on June 26, 1946.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1930s-1950s
  • June 26, 1946


0.5 Cubic Feet