Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson photographs
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.
- 1900 - 1930s
- Anderson, Vivian Lucille Steen (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
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. 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.
.5 linear feet (One document box)
Language of Materials
This photograph collection chronicles life in Veblen, South Dakota and includes photographs taken by Vivian Steen as well as others.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- History, 20th Century -- South Dakota Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Photograph albums -- 1900-1930 Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Pioneers -- South Dakota -- Marshall County (S.D.) Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Veblen (S.D.) Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- White -- Relations with Indians Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Vivian Lucille Steen Anderson photographs
- Sarah A. Hanson
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- Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
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- Script of description
Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository