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Legislative Joint Committee Records - Investigation of Financial Irregularities at State Institutions, 1901

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ACC H75-375-GOV

Scope and Contents

This series contains six ledgers of records created by a joint legislative committee organized in February 1901 to investigate Governor Andrew E. Lee's charges "against the former management of the Hospital for the Insane in Yankton, the Penitentiary at Sioux Falls, and the Reform School at Plankinton." The governor's annual message to the legislature had alleged "theft, embezzlement, and robbery, etc." on the heads of those institutions. The committee gathered documents and heard testimony throughout the winter of 1901 before issuing a final report. The report noted several financial irregularities involving the institutions, as well as a general lack of supervision over the institutions by the Board of Charities and Corrections, although the committee was reluctant to label these shortcomings as "theft, embezzlement, and robbery." The ledgers include transcripts of testimony and documentary exhibits recorded by stenographer William Wallace, as well as the official journal kept by committee clerk E. M. Thomas and the committee's final report.


  • 1901


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Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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