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Linda M. Hasselstrom Papers

Identifier: MS-261

Content Description

The Linda M. Hasselstrom Papers contain works of personal narrative, non-fiction, and poetry that reflect on life in Western South Dakota.

The materials include drafts, manuscripts, and other documents related to Hasselstrom’s published works. The papers also include non-book material such as letters to the editor and works for LIFE Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and many other newspapers, magazines, collections, and anthologies. These works include opinion pieces, poems, journal entries, short stories, researched essays, and works of fiction. Research files on Lame Johnny and Mari Sandoz are also included within the collection.

Note: some stories are printed on the backs of unfinished or out of order works


  • 1912 - 2008


Biographical / Historical

Linda M. Hasselstrom, b. 1943, is a writer of poetry and nonfiction based in Hermosa, South Dakota. She is a graduate of Rapid City High School and the University of South Dakota. Her published works include Windbreak: A Woman Rancher on the Northern Plains, The Roadside History of South Dakota, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, and many more. She has worked as a teacher at Columbia College in Missouri and publisher for Lame Johnny Press. Hasselstrom currently operates Windbreak House, a writer’s retreat, on her ranch in Hermosa.


26 Boxes

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Collection of manuscripts, clippings, essays, poems, editorial drafts, correspondence, research, and personal works of Linda Hasselstrom. Hasselstrom’s work centers on her life in Western South Dakota. The papers are divided into seven series: Writings, Correspondence, Lame Johnny, Mari Sandoz, Personal and Biographical Materials, Memorabilia, and Photographs.


The collection is arranged into the following 7 series:

Series 1: Writings, 1957-2008

Series 2: Correspondence, 1957-2008 (arranged chronologically)

Series 3: Lame Johnny, 1971-1998

Series 4: Mari Sandoz, 1962-2004

Series 5: Personal and Biographical Materials, 1912-2008

Series 6: Memorabilia

Series 7: Photographs

  • Editing Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Grasslands Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Grief Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Poetry Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Publishing Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Ranching Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository