Women's History Collection: P

"A Pageant of Local History" (H77-23) 1 item

A play presented at the Women's Day Re-dedication Program held April 21, 1948 in Pierre. The pageant consisted of approximately twenty episodes depicting historic events. It was sponsored by various Pierre area women's clubs, church groups, and civic organizations. The program was prepared to coincide with the arrival in Pierre of a traveling exhibit housing more than 100 of the nation’s historical documents known as the "Freedom Train." The purpose of the traveling exhibit was to "inspire and rekindle a patriotic interest in the great American Heritage of freedom."

Parker, Niles G. Family Letters (H75-25) 7 items

Letters written from Bangor, Dakota Territory to cousin Wm. O. Haskell, of Mason, New Hampshire, 1880s. Four of the letters were written by Niles G. Parker, editor of The Bangor Rustler; three were written by his wife, Marian A. Parker. The letters deal mainly with personal affairs, but also offer a glimpse into life in Dakota Territory.

Parmelee, David and Mary Papers (H92-59 and H95-25) 17 items

This collection offers a glimpse of life on the Rosebud Reservation in the 1800s. David taught at the day school at Cut Meat while his wife Mary assisted him. Included in the collection is a letter dated 1887 from the teacher and students of St. Mary’s School to the Parmelees; a letter dated September 2, the Parmelee’s wedding date, from Mary’s sister Mame; and Mary’s Memoriam booklet. In 1995 the Archives received 13 photographs dated 1916 to add to this collection.

Parnell Birthday Club (H2000-082 and H2001-012) 0.50 cubic feet

Yearbooks, secretary book, minutes, treasurer’s books, scrapbook, and recipes (1949-2000) from a club that was organized in February of 1949 and disbanded in 2000.

Pearson, Ralph Manuscript (H88-17) 1 item, 19 pages

"An Intensive Study of Divorce and Marriage in South Dakota," 1932.

Pickler Family Papers (H91-74) 65 cubic feet

Correspondence, subject files, financial records, journals, business records, photographs, scrapbooks, and speeches, 1865-1976. Major John Alfred Pickler and his wife, Alice Mary Alt Pickler, were prominent Faulk County pioneers. This collection contains documentation of the temperance and suffrage movements in South Dakota, in which both John and Alice Pickler were active. Alice’s correspondents included persons of national prominence in these crusades including Annie Wittenmeyer, Carrie Chapman Catt, Susan B. Anthony, and Henry Blackwell. The collection includes an extensive body of correspondence between state and national Equal Suffrage Association headquarters and field workers and local societies. Portions of the collection dating later than 1910 concern the household, school and business activities of by then widowed Alice Pickler, her children, and grandchildren. See article by Linda M. Sommer "Dakota Resources: The Pickler Family Papers and the Humphrey Family Papers at the South Dakota State Historical Society," in South Dakota History, Vol. 24 (Summer 1994): 115-134.

Pierre Indian School Photographs (H97-14) Approximately 250 items

This collection of images, dating from the 1920s through the 1960s, was collected by Winifred Echelberger, who taught at the school for 23 years. Views include students, staff, and class activities.

Pohrt, Richard A. Photograph Collection (H74-195) 217 items

Pine Ridge Reservation photographs, ca. 1900. Many views of women are included in this collection.

Porter, Grace Reed Autobiography (H88-24) 1 item, 35 pages

Autobiography, 1957. Porter was elected Superintendent of Stanley County Schools in 1908 and later served as Dean of Women at Dakota Wesleyan University from 1926 to 1933.

Pulles Family Papers (H94-69) 186 items-182 are photos

Photographs and papers of a Pierre family, ca. 1900-1970. Includes photographs of the Pulles and Hengel families and a 1970 press release announcing Catherine Pulles’s 50 years of service to South Dakota state government.

Putnam, Jennie Teaching Certificate (H76-67) 2 items

Teaching certificate from Clark County Normal Institute and certificate to teach in Brown County, 1892-1893