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Dorothy Prather Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2007-095

Content Description

The collection consists of slides, postcards, and images of South Dakota. The majority of the collection is slides taken by Dorothy Prather a free lance photographer from Mitchell, SD and are dated to the early 1970, though some slides are dated to the late 1960s. Most of the postcards are earlier images along with a few of the slides. All slides were placed in new archival quality sleeves. A folder list of the images is included:

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1960s-1970s



0.75 Cubic Feet


3630C Folder 1: Ben Black Elk w/ negative Folder 2: Mt. Rushmore Construction Images/ Red Owl - Lead Folder 3: Antelope, Pheasants, Wild Turkeys Folder 4: Buffalo Folder 5: Burro, Cows, Coyotes Folder 6: Prairie Dog, Red Fox Folder 7: Gophers, Horses, Raccoons Folder 8: Sheep Folder 9: Snakes, Eagles, Owls Folder 10: Badlands Folder 11: Black Hills, Lead, SD Folder 12: LeBeau, SD, Cascade, SD Folder 13: 1880s Train, Chamberlain Bridge, Platte-Winner Bridge Folder 14: Deadwood, SD Folder 15: Big Stone Lake, Deerfield Lake, Punished Women’s Lake Folder 16: Ft. Pierre – Congregational Church, Pierre – Capitol, Grounds, and Monuments/ Kadoka – Claim Shack/ Mitchell – Corn Palace/ Hayes – Church/ Richland – Church/ Elkton – Church Folder 17: Bear Butte Folder 18: Big Stone Power Plant, Pierre – Eternal Flame Folder 19: Dell Rapids – Dells, Palisades Folder 20: Elements – Fall, Winter, Snow Storm, Wind, Sunset, Drought, Flood Folder 21: EROS, Cabin at Oakwood, Hackberry Tree Folder 22: Passion Play Folder 23: Prairie Fire, Rodeo, Slim Buttes Folder 24: Sica Hollow State Park Folder 25: Turkey Ridge, Angostura Dam, Beaver Dam Folder 26: Oahe Dam, Orman Dam Folder 27: Corn, Wild Flowers, Pasque Folder 28: Pierre – Capitol, Log House, Claim Shack, Sod House, Farming Folder 29: Newton Hills Folder 30: Irrigation, Schools, Native American Dancers Folder 31: Indian Camp, Beaver Dam Folder 32: Lignite Mine Folder 33: Milk’s Camp Industry, Combines Folder 34: Pedro Ranches, Hayes Ranches Folder 35: Big Sioux River, Cheyenne River, James River, Missouri River, White River Folder 36: Narrative - Slide Show Presentation Folder 37: Ice Cream Store, Handsome Elk, Running Bull, Chief Hunkton Sanka Makomani, Pack Train in Black Hills, Early Roads in Black Hills, Lemmon – Petrified Park, Sylvan Lake & Cabin, Pine Crest Park, Black Hills Images, Cars and horses in the Custer Battlefield Folder 38: Springfield, SD – Home with family members 3629C Folder 1: Gavins Point Dam, Sheep Ranch, Verendrye Marker, State Capitol, Big Bend Dam, Angestora Dam, Mellette House, Buffalo – Custer State Park, Schools, Combine Crew, Orman Dam, Ft. Randall Dam, Irrigation, Sun Dance – Pine Ridge Folder 2: Windmill, Brick Kiln, Prairie Fire, Buffalo, Lumber Mill, Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, Badlands, Pioneer Auto Museum, Terraville, SD – Mine, Vermillion – Replica of First Permanent School, 1864 Folder 3: Sunflowers Folder 4: EROS, Sunset, Badger Clark, Badger Hole Folder 5: Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Airport Folder 6: Reptile Gardens, Wonderland Cave, Bewitched Village Folder 7: West River Slides – Wounded Knee, Gas Station, Tourist Stop, Ft. Randall, Hayes – Little Brown Church, Native American Dance, Tepees Folder 8: Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Badlands, Slim Buttes, Palisades, Bear Butte, Passion Play, Lignite Mine, Sica Hollow, Pigtail Bridge, Lead – Gold Mine, Graves – Mt. Moriah Cemetery 8535C Aberdeen – Main Street at Night, 1915 Devil’s Tower – Western Wyoming Switchback on Needles Highway – early Automobiles Needles Highway, Among the Needles Crystal Cave Wedge Rock The Needles Eye, near Custer, SD The Lone Sentinel Pheasant Paradise of America, South Dakota Platte, SD – Along Platte Creek Homesteaders – Three Men, 1911 Among the Needles Yankton College, Ward Hall Belle Fourche Rodeo – President and Mrs. Coolidge Sylvan Lake Man on Peak Mundt, Karl Threshing Outfit – Lyman County, 1910 President Coolidge – The Handclasp of Fellowship (Chief Leading Eagle) The Terraces of Needles Park Harney Peak Railroad Bridge – Washed out Spearfish – Community House, City Park Wind Cave – Statue Housewife in Kitchen, 1913 Murdo – Depot, 1907 Hotel Oliver – unidentified town photo Harvest Scene on Foxley Ranch Street Scene – Unidentified Town Fox Hastings – Only women bulldogger in the world, Belle Fourche Tri-State Round Up, 1927 Moses Two Bull on Silver Bell, Rapid City – Indian Powwow Scenic Needles Highway and the Big Tunnel Hermosa – Crystal Cave Crystal Cave Entrance Black Hills – “Lover’s Lane” between Ft. Meade and Sturgis Cedar Pass – Badlands National Park Bear Butte – Elevation 4,946 feet Klondike Scotty FB 399 Black and white matted photo – An early tour group poses for a photo in front of the train in this Black Hills scene.