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Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MS-011

Content Description

The collection is organized into three series: Photograph Albums, Identification Information, and Typescripts.

Series 1 contains the three photograph albums that comprise the Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson photographs and are arranged chronologically in folders. The original albums have been disassembled for preventive conservation purposes and the album leaves have been numbered to preserve original order.

Series 2 contains scanned images of each photograph in the albums with corresponding identification information compiled and provided by Vivian’s granddaughter, Terry Ann Allbright.

Series 3 contains an excerpt of a diary entry written by Vivian.

Dates

  • 1900 - 1930s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collections with no restrictions include: 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to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC.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

Vivian Lucille Steen was born on October 11, 1905 in Page, Cass County, North Dakota to Carl Olovis Steen and Emma Mae Farnham. Vivian’s parents had nine children; Vernon, Cecil, Vivian, Aldous (Bunny), James, Robert, Phyllis and two who died in infancy. When Vivian was 14 years old, her family moved to Veblen (Marshall County), South Dakota, four years after its incorporation.

Vivian’s father, Carl, was a businessman and purchased the furniture store in Veblen upon the family’s arrival, and within one year opened a new and expanded one. He also opened a variety store, movie theatre, and served as the postmaster of Veblen for 17 years. Carl was an undertaker and ran the only mortuary in Veblen, a Masonic Lodge member, and treasurer of the Veblen Independent School District. He liked to garden and raised purebred chickens and capons. It is here that Vivian began documenting her life and the life of those around her with photography.

The Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson Photographs include three albums compiled by Vivian which flow chronologically and cover roughly 1900 through the 1930s. The albums chronicle life in Veblen, South Dakota and includes photographs taken by Vivian as well as others. Subject matter ranges from scenes of the downtown, scenes of store interiors, storekeepers, harvesters, ranch work, farm animals, road trips in both horse drawn vehicles and motor vehicles, the Missoula Stampede, a flood, the building of a dam, winter farm scenes, games with the Veblen Railmen (city baseball team), young men boarding the train in WWI uniforms, WWI tent camps, logging camps, river boat transporting an early gasoline car, and men at the University of Minnesota to intimate family photographs.

Vivian married George William Anderson on January 30, 1923, and they had three daughters: Beverly Jeane Anderson (mother of Terry Ann Allbright), Patricia Lucille Anderson, and Georgia Lee Anderson.

Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson passed away in Bellevue (King County), Washington on September 28, 1993. All three albums were donated to the Archives and Special Collections by Vivian’s granddaughter, Terry Ann Allbright.

Extent

.5 linear feet (One document box)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection has been organized into three series: Photograph Albums, Identification Information, and Typescripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: RC2015.04

Related Materials

Oral history interview with Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson, January 1992. SDOHP 3406a (50 minutes). South Dakota Oral History Center, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Oral history interview with Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson, January 1992. SDOHP 3406b (48 minutes). South Dakota Oral History Center, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Oral history interview with Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson regarding childhood stories, January 1992. SDOHP 3407 (64 minutes). South Dakota Oral History Center, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Song recording of George William Anderson, 1980. SDOHP 3405 (12 minutes). South Dakota Oral History Center, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Allbright Family Tree (Vivian Lucille Steen, George William Anderson, Beverly Jeane Anderson, and Terry Ann Allbright). Ancestry.com

Hickman, George. History of Marshall County, Dakota: its topography and natural history and sketches of pioneer settlers, with the names of actual settlers, where they are from and where they live: also, the military and Sisseton reservations. Britton, Dakota: J. W. Banbury, 1886. Print. Chilson Collection F657.M3 H53x

Hickman, George. History of Marshall County, Dakota Territory. Langford, SD, 1886. Manuscript. Chilson Collection F657.M3 H52x

Marshall County, South Dakota. Britton, S.D.: Marshall County Historical Society, c1979. Print. Chilson Collection F657. M3 M37 1979

Title
Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson photographs
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah A. Hanson
Date
2016
Description rules
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository

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