Lester Black Collection

Lester Black Collection
(H2012-12-31-315) An image of a child running from an approaching snowplow, pushed by a train, near Redfield (S.D.) taken in 1897. This image, from a glass plate, is from the Lester Black Collection held at the South Dakota State Archives and recently made accessible via the South Dakota Digital Archives.

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Press Release

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A grant received for the scanning of glass plates has revealed almost six hundred images from the Lester Black Collection held at the State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.

The grant allowed for the scanning of 589 glass plates from the Lester Black Collection. The images date to the late 1890s to 1910s. The State Historical Society received the glass plates in 1986.

Specific locations found within the Lester Black Collection include the Redfield College, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Corn Palace, Sylvan Lake, and the South Dakota State Fair.

Town images include Redfield, Gettysburg, Mitchell, Elk Point, Huron, Waubay, Hot Springs, and Pierre.

Other topics include sod homes, Native American encampments, floods, railroad scenes, stone artifacts, farm scenes, automobiles, a balloon flight, baseball games, and family portraits.