Women's History Collection: C

Capitol Club Records (H76-14, H90-031, H91-004, H91-046, H98-007, H2000-003, H2002-053, H2003-009, and H2003-055) 8 cubic feet

Records of a social organization for the spouses of state legislators. The records consist of a history of the club; minutes; membership records, including a roster and directories; and scrapbooks, 1937-2003.

Carter, Myrtle Diaries (SC 47, MF 23) 2 items, 200 pages

Diaries of a McPherson County school girl, 1887 and 1891. Myrtle kept the diaries while attending school at Eureka. The entries are personal and often brief, but provide a good illustration of the social life of a young woman.

Chamberlain Register Newspaper Office Photograph (H94-51) 1 item

Photograph of the press room marked, "Aunt Ruth (Ruth Esther Griswold Prather) and Minnie Gray set the type by hand." The image is signed "Grace Theo Lawless."

Chestnut, Lottie Letter (H95-30) 1 item

Letter written to Lottie from her friend Vera, ca. 1908, containing a good description of a sod shanty.

Christian, Leola Manuscript (H74-124) 1 item

A fifteen page typewritten manuscript entitled "History of the South Dakota Branch of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons, Years 1922 to 1961." Aberdeen resident Leola Christian was the branch historian.

Church Women United of South Dakota Records (H97-15) 4 cubic feet

Subject files, newsletters, and scrapbooks, 1947-1992. Church Women United is a national, ecumenical movement that brings Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women together into one community of prayer, advocacy and service.

Collins, Mary Clementine Papers (H80-14, H94-14) 4 cubic feet

Collins was a prominent female Congregational missionary to the Lakota between 1875 and 1910. The personal papers contain genealogical material, Collins’ autobiography in her own hand, ordination papers, her will, and a certificate appointing her postmaster. The correspondence is most extensive for the 1880s and 1900s. Most of it is family and mission-related. Prominent correspondents are the American Missionary Association, the Department of the Interior (Indian Service), and the Indian Rights Association. Voluminous writings by Collins, in both English and Dakota, can be found under "Mission Work and Indians." Many photographs and pictographic drawings are also part of this collection. The material on Elias and Ethel Jacobsen consists of Ethel’s correspondence with her family, 1887-1898, 1933, 1937, some writings, and a sporadic diary; and Elias’s diaries for 1875-1885. Ethel Collins Jacobsen was a niece of Mary Collins. Also includes an account book for the Elk Butte Women’s Society, pamphlets, photographs, an American Missionary Association Indian Missions record book and a list of Indian names with their English translations.

Connor, T. Belle Manuscript (H75-179) 1 item, 9 typed pages

"Pioneers of Clay County: Historical Pageant of Pioneer Life in Clay County," 1937.

Coolidge, Grace (H74-138) 1 item

Letter, 1954. One signed typescript letter from Grace (Mrs. Calvin) Coolidge to Harry A. Robinson of Yankton. Mrs. Coolidge discusses a piece of sculpture done by Gutzon Borglum, and her memories of experiences in the Black Hills.

Cordts, Irene A. Manuscript (H88-61) 1 item, 22 typed pages

"A Lifetime of Caring and Sharing: Abbie Ann Jarvis, MD," 1988.

Corey, Elizabeth F Letters (H75-80) 1 cubic foot

Letters from Corey to her family, 1909-1919. The letters detail her day to day experiences for the ten year period following 1909 on or near her homestead on the Bad River, ten miles west of Ft. Pierre. These letters were the primary source material for "Bachelor Bess," an article written by her younger brother, Paul F. Corey, and published in 1974 in the South Dakota Historical Collections.

Culver, Rhoda Selway Diary (H89-1) 1 item

Travel diary of trip from western South Dakota to eastern Iowa by wagon and team, 1901.

Custer, Elizabeth B. Letters (H77-4) 10 items

Photocopies of Elizabeth Custer’s letters to Lawrence Fox, 1927-1928, are in reference to her husband, General George Armstrong Custer, and his life in South Dakota. On the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876, Mrs. Custer writes of the battle; her reverence for her husband and his troops, the 7th Cavalry; and her beliefs about why the event occurred.