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Harriet (Whiting) Whitcher Diaries—1920-1957

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2019-055

Content Description

The collection consists of diaries, dating from 1920 to 1957, written by Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” (Whiting) Whitcher. Harriet Whiting was born July 24, 1881 at Fort Randall, Dakota Territory the oldest daughter of Edward and May (Hermon) Whiting. Harriet spent her childhood in Boyd County, Nebraska. On January 16, 1918 she married William Whitcher and in 1923 they moved to Todd County, South Dakota near the community of Hidden Timber (S.D.) on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Harriet kept a diary most of her adult life spanning form January 1, 1920 to June 2, 1957. Harriet died on July 5, 1958. The diary includes information on everyday life and ordinary work covering various topics such as family, farming, social events, neighbors, general health, domestic chores, the weather, the economics and impact of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the local American Legion and Auxiliary, interactions with Native Americans, voting, events surrounding World War II as well as other general topics.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1920-1957



2.5 Cubic Feet