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James Rudolph Sorenson Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2018-091

Content Description

The collection consists of letters sent to James “Rudy” Sorenson from various family members during his service in World War I. The letters date from 1917 to 1919. The letters are from four of James’s siblings: Robert, Myrtle, Thelma and Stella. The letters speak to various occurrences in the Springfield (S.D.)/Perkins (S.D.) area during the time period. The letters from his brother Robert mainly focus on agricultural and economic information. Of particular note, some letters reference the Spanish Flu pandemic in South Dakota. The donor created a finding aid which notes the various letters where the topic was discussed. James served with the 147th Field Artillery while in France. He spent two months in a hospital after a gas attack, was held back for training and demonstrations for arriving troops and returned to South Dakota in May 1919. The collection also includes scanned journal pages made by Elizabeth (Schneider) Sorenson when her family traveled to the Black Hills in July of 1926. The journals highlight the traveling experience to the Black Hills of South Dakota in the 1920s. The digital items were run through the State Archives digital preservation program.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1917-1919
  • Event: July 1926
  • 2018



0.25 Cubic Feet

165 Megabytes