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Title Secretary’s book [manuscript]: Dakota Historical Society, [Yankton, Dakota Territory], 1862-1871
Author Armstrong, Moses Kimball (1832-1906)
Date
Document Type Manuscript; Official Record; Correspondence; Scrapbook
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Small volume kept by Armstrong in which he recorded incorporation acts, constitutions, proceedings, annual reports, and other business of the Historical Society of Dakota and its precursors, 1862-1871. Volume contains newspaper clippings from the Dakotian and Dakota Union regarding Society affairs and texts of lectures by Armstrong on the early history of Dakota and Yankton County and by Prof. F.V. Hayden on the geology of the Black Hills region (synopsis only). Also includes a membership list and a transcription of U.S. Dept. of Interior correspondence regarding the shipment of state papers.
Names Historical Society of Dakota; Edmunds, Newton (1819-1908)
Places Yankton, Black Hills, Badlands, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, United States
Keywords newspaper, address, speech, history, geographical survey
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Great Plains
Additional Information Armstrong ws a prominent Dakota Territory surveyor, politician, journalist and historian. Born in Milan, Ohio, educated at the Huron Institute and Western Reserve College, and trained as a civil engineer and surveyor, Armstrong came to the Yankton area from Minnesota in 1859. He undertook numerous surveying contracts for the territorial government; erected the first capitol building; served as territorial legislator, congressman, auditor, treasurer, and adjutant general; and edited the Dakota Union and established the Dakota Herald. An authority on the early history of Dakota and author of several books on the subject, Armstrong was secretary of the Dakota Historical Society for ten years and a charter member of its predecessor organizations, the Old Settler’s Historical Association and the Dakota Historical and Library Association. In 1878, Armstrong returned to St. James, Minn., where he died in 1905.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3005
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue