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South Dakota Seditionist Monthly (SDSM)

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2019-061

Content Description

The collection consists of publications of the South Dakota Seditionist Monthly (SDSM) dating from 1969 to 1971. Aberdeen Central High School students Jean and Paul Lloyd-Davies, who were brother and sister, helped to establish and create the publication. Thirteen issues of the South Dakota Seditionist Monthly are included in the collection. In late fall of 1968, Jean and Paul heard about “high school underground newspapers” and gathered groups of friends to help organize the publication of a student run newspaper. As stated in Jean’s reminiscence, they were not ardent revolutionaries, but saw the publication as a form of humor and satire. Paul mentioned that the point of the newspaper was in providing a forum for issues not discussed in Aberdeen Central High School’s official student newspaper. The newspaper also ran submitted poetry and artwork. The group would hand out printed copies of the publication to students. Paul took over the publication after his sister Jean graduated in 1969. Issues discussed include the enforcement of school dress codes, school administration policy and matters concerning the Vietnam War. Jean and Paul’s older brother John Lloyd-Davies served with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from December 1968 to December 1969. Also included are letters submitted to the editor of the South Dakota Seditionist Monthly, recollections from Jean and Paul concerning the establishment and publication of the newspaper and two posters, a rough draft and an original poster, concerning a meeting about the newspaper.

Acquisition Type

Gift

Restrictions Apply

No

Dates

  • 1969-1971

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet