Women's History Collection: M

Malone, Fanny Achines Manuscript (H75-330) 1 item

In a 22-page typewritten manuscript, Malone discusses her twelve years of homesteading with her husband, George Malone, in Lyman county (later Jones County). Natives of Michigan, the Malones moved to South Dakota in 1905 when parts of the Rosebud Reservation were opened to settlement.

Mann, Dorothy Photograph Collection (H2001-030) 0.25 cubic feet

One photograph album of black and white photos (1914-1925) including parade scenes in Chamberlain, the Missouri River bridge at Chamberlain, the State Game Lodge, White’s Mill near Mitchell and the Mann family.

Marion Family History (H86-21) 1 item

121-page typewritten manuscript by Cecilia Marion Cudmore (1976) in which she reminisces about her life near Fort Pierre. Cudmore, born in 1900, was the daughter of H. Marion, who operated a profitable truck garden on Marion’s Island in the Missouri River between Pierre and Fort Pierre.

Marriage Law Collection (H77-9) 3 items

Letter to Doane Robinson from Daniel M. Brown in 1911 asking for Robinson’s opinion on marriage legislation introduced in the 1911 session; a copy of the 1911 legislation; and an open letter written to the legislature in 1909 by Brown, Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Lead.

Mathieson, Joseph R. Family Photographs (H96-21) 93 items

Photographs collected by the Mathieson family, ca. 1889-1991. Images in this collection include: Eagle Butte, Pierre, Fort Pierre, and Philip, South Dakota; ranch scenes; cowboys; homestead claim shacks; Mathieson and Rousseau family members; and the Rousseau ranch. Joseph R.’s grandfather, George D. Mathieson, settled in Fort Pierre in 1879 and later served as a Stanley County Commissioner and state legislator.

Matteson, Grace Cotton Papers (H86-3) 4 cubic feet

Family letters, correspondence during Grace’s tenure as Hughes County Superintendent of Schools (1921-1924), family photographs, education publications (1920s), and greeting cards. The family letters, spanning three generations, provide an insightful view of family life from 1900 through 1930. Of particular interest are letters between Grace and her siblings regarding the care of their sister Bertha who was epileptic. The Cotton family moved from Indiana to Clay County in 1874. Two years later they moved to Turner County, where Grace’s parents remained until their deaths.

McCreary, Patricia Papers (H2003-033) 0.25 cubic feet

"Coal Bins and Chalk Dust" consists of information recollected by Grant County country school teachers. The stories were gathered and compiled between 2001 and 2002, but the memories of the teachers cover from the 1930s through the 1960s.

McGillycuddy, Fanny Diary (H74-140) 1 item

A 19 page typescript copy (April 11, 1877-October 31, 1878) of a diary recorded by the wife of Pine Ridge Indian Agent and Army Officer Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy while at Fort Robinson. Entries describe day-to-day activities as well as the surrender, death, and burial of Crazy Horse.

McGinnis, John Harvey Family Papers (H75-126) 6 items

Five-page typewritten family history and photos, 1897 and 1974. The manuscript describes John and Elizabeth McGinnis’s homesteading experiences in Hand County. Included in the collection is a wedding photograph and four images of the homestead buildings.

McKennan Nursing Graduates Photograph (H2003-002) 1 item

Sixteen female graduates of the McKennan Nursing School class of 1931 are pictured along with their names in this 8 x 10 photograph.

McMahan, Nellie Cole Papers (H80-11) 5 items

Autograph album, 1888-1896; a sheet of home remedies, 1889; McMahan’s diary, 1913-1915; a mortgage paper on the McMahan land, 1909; and a note of payment due, 1914. Nellie Cole McMahan (1870-1937) was born in Bon Homme County. She spent most of her life on a homestead near Delmont in Douglas County. The diary details the daily life of a Dakota homesteader - the weather, farm work, and occasional social events.

McNeil, Ida M. Anding Manuscript (H75-202) 1 item

This 4 page typescript discusses conscription, assignment of South Dakota troops to the regular army, and the home front during World War I, 1917. Ida Anding moved to Pierre with her family in 1896. In 1906 she began work for the South Dakota Department of History and in 1909 she designed and made the first official flag of the State of South Dakota. She is best remembered for her role as "Mrs. Pierre," the owner and operator of KGFX radio station in Pierre from 1922 through 1962.

McNeil, Mattie Diary (H88-27) 1 item, 12 typewritten pages

Typed transcript of a diary kept by Mattie McNeil in 1894 during a wagon trip to Yellowstone Park.

Mead, Corwin D. Papers (H75-509) 7 folders

The majority of this collection relates to Mead’s business activities in Pierre where he was a lawyer, judge and legislator. Folders 5-11, however, relate to Mead’s wife Ida Wicks Mead and his daughter Winifred. Particularly "The New Woman" in folder 9 and the typewritten manuscript on coeducation in folder 11, provide insights into the prevailing attitudes towards the roles of women from the 1880s to the turn of the century. Folder 6 contains a manuscript entitled, "What We Owe the Community," probably written by Ida Wicks Mead, and presented to the Woman's Club on October 7, 1899. Little is known about Ida and the three daughters, Mary, Winifred, and Ruth. All four women apparently received college educations. Ida maintained interests in literature, civic issues, and household issues. She was a member of the Pierre Woman’s Cub and the Dickens Club. Ida Mead died in 1920.

Medary Extension Club Records (H96-49) 1/2 cubic foot

Chairman handbook, four notebooks containing members accounts, and four secretary’s books from ca. 1936 through 1987.

Mellette Family Papers (H94-41) 1 microfilm reel

Microfilm copies of original papers located at the Mellette House in Watertown, where many are on display. Includes correspondence of former Governor Arthur Mellette, Margaret Wylie Mellette, the Mellette children, Samuel Elrod, and Wylie; invitations to various receptions, political and social events; articles in journals; scrapbooks; loose clippings; pictures; and a family Bible.

Metcalfe, Eugenie Photographs (H88-94) 6 items

A collection of images of the 1st WAVE reunion at San Francisco, CA in 1948 which documents Metcalfe’s Navy career. Sioux Falls resident Lt. Eugenie Metcalfe was an occupational therapist in the Medical Corps during World War II. After the war she served as president of the Prairie W.A.V.E.R.S. Unit #23 veterans organization.

Miller, Mary Ann Photographs (H93-11) 16 items

Picture postcards of Miller throughout her childhood(1946-1949, 1952-1962). A.C. Miller, her father, practiced law in Kennebec. He also served as a South Dakota legislator, Speaker of the House (1937-1940), and Lieutenant Governor (1941-1945).

Miller, Myra Morton Photographs (H88-88) 584 glass plates and several thousand black and white prints

Miller was an amateur photographer and artist who left an extensive photograph collection for the period 1910-1930. A rural Marshall County resident, she photographed life around her—children, farm animals and buildings, and other members of her family.

Morris Family Manuscript (H75-153) 1 item, 114 pages

Entitled "Pioneer and Indian Stories," the manuscript provides an account of ranching and pioneer life experienced by Rapid Valley homesteaders (1880). Authored by at least two of the Morris children, it was compiled by Rena E. Murphy.

Mother Gertrude Biographical Sketch (H75-111) 1 item

A two-page sketch of a Benedictine nun written by Rose A. O’Connor, Hospital Librarian at the Sioux City Public Library, 1931. Born as Mary Ellen McDermott in 1864, Mother Gertrude moved to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 1890.

Murphy, Mary McKenna Family Papers (H2003-018) 0.25 cubic feet

The McKenna family moved from Iowa to Bon Homme County in 1878. This collection includes photographs and an autobiographical account of childhood and early adult life memories written by Mary in 1946 when she was 82 years old.