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Beede family papers

Identifier: MS-016

Content Description

These papers contain information about the Beede family, Vermillion, South Dakota.

The Correspondence (Box 1) series contains letters in one file folder. Some relatives share genealogical information with Rosa, Will, and Grace Beede. This series has been arranged in chronological order (span dates 1899-1950).

The Ephemera (Box 1) series contains epaulet and military medals from Nelson Miner’s military uniform and name tags from William Beede.

The Manuscripts (Box 1) collection contains genealogical information on the Miner family and handmade plot maps of Vermillion.

The Military Documents (Box 1) series contains the discharge papers of Private Albert Gibson.

The Photographs (Box 1-4) series include carte de visite photographs and cabinet cards of men from Company A and other cavalries and companies, early Vermillion reproduction prints and originals, and Beede family photographs.

The Printed Materials (Box 1) series contains newspaper articles on the first school house and family members. The series also contains programs for meetings.

The Subject Files (Box 1) series contains a teacher’s report from 1890-1891.

The Typescript (Box 1) series contains a Miner family history and genealogical information.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1898 - 1950

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restriction. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Grace Lucile Beede was the daughter of Rosa Hyde and William H. Beede of Vermillion. She received her BA from The University of South Dakota in 1926, her MA in Classics from Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri), and received her Ph. D. at the University of Chicago in 1936. Dr. Beede was also the great-granddaughter of Captain Nelson Preston Miner. Miner was born on September 29, 1827 in Hartland, Ohio, and married Cordelia Gates on October 15, 1850. The couple had eight children—five girls and two boys. Miner came to Dakota Territory in 1860, and helped to muster into service 1st Dakota Cavalry Company A. This company, formed in the fall of 1861, consisted of 100 men for the purpose of setting up a garrison post for the area. Miner and his men were also instrumental in the building of the first school log house in the fall of 1864. The schoolhouse was located just below the bluff on the east side of what is now known as Dakota Street. The structure was also used by local citizens as a meeting and voting place. In January 1865, Miner was mustered out of service. He was then appointed Register of the U. S. Land office, elected as a member of the Territorial Council from 1872-1878. He eventually owned the St. Nicholas hotel in Vermillion. Miner died on October 23, 1879.


1 Linear Feet (1 document box, 2 photograph boxes, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



These papers contain information about the Beede family, Vermillion, South Dakota.


The Beede Family papers are divided into eight series: Correspondence, Ephemera, Manuscripts, Military Documents, Photographs, Printed Materials, Subject Files, and Typescript.

Beede family papers
Gayla Koerting
2005 April
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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository