Women and Gender History


Women’s History Collection and article on Women’s History Resources, South Dakota State Archives, Pierre: Many various individual and organizational records, listed alphabetically.  Particularly the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Pioneer Daughters Collection.

Women’s History Sources at the Center for Western Studies (1998, pdf), Augustana University, Sioux Falls.

Manuscript Collections, H.M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University, Brookings: Includes AAUW Brookings Branch records, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn Papers, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Papers, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Dakota records, research files on Gladys Pyle collected by Jeanette Kinyon and Jean Walz, Gertrude Stickney Young Collection, and Women Artists in Collaboration records.


Alexander, Ruth Ann. “Fictionalizing South Dakota from a Feminist Point of View: The Western Novels of Virgil D. Boyles and Kate Boyles Bingham.” South Dakota History (1993), 244-263.

Corey, Elizabeth. Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919.

Egge, Sara. “Strewn Knee Deep in Literature”: A Material Analysis of Print Propaganda and Woman Suffrage.” Agricultural History 88(4) (Fall 2014), 591-605.

—–. “Why the Woman Suffrage Story is a Midwestern Story,” Middle West Review, (Spring 2018).

—–. Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870–1920. Ames: University of Iowa Press, 2018.

Hans, Birgit. “A Woman’s Touch: Housekeepers in the Day Schools at Pine Ridge and Rosebud, 1880-1920.” South Dakota History 46(3) (Fall 2016), 225-247.

Hansen, Karen V. Grey Osterud, and Valerie Grim. “”Land Was One of the Greatest Gifts”: Women’s Landownership in Dakota Indian, Immigrant Scandinavian, and African American Communities.” Great Plains Quarterly 38(3) (Summer 2018), 251-272.

Jennings, Mary Kay. “Lake County Woman Suffrage Campaign in 1890.” South Dakota History 5(4) (Fall 1975), 390-409.

Jones, Clifton H. “Manuscript Sources in Women’s History at the Historical Resource Center.” South Dakota History 7(1) (Winter 1976), 57-65.

Jones, Ruth Page. “A Case Study: The Role of Women in Creating Community on the Dakota Frontier, 1880 to 1920.” M.A. Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, December 2015. Focus on Aurora County.

Koupal, Nancy Tystad. “Marietta Bones: Personality and Politics in the South Dakota Suffrage Movement.” In Yvonne J. Johnson, Ed., Feminist Frontiers: Women Who Shaped the Midwest. Kirksville MO: Truman State University Press, 2010.

Lee, Shebby. “The Women’s Movement in the West: A Tribute To 19th Century Club Women.” Presented at the West River History Conference (September 26, 2009).

Lindell, Lisa R. “‘Awake to all the needs of our day’: Early Women Lawyers in South Dakota.” South Dakota History 42(3) (Fall 2012).
Includes profiles of Cynthia Eloise Cleveland, Estelle Julia Owen, Nellie Aken Douglass, Emma Madeen, Katie Rochford, Alice Bassett Muller, Christina Huss, Elizabeth Knox Powell, Marjorie Breeden, Mary Dunham Healy, Blanche Colman, Lydia B. Johnson, Dorothy Rehfeld, Iva Taylor, Alice Floy Bassett, Alice Amanda Prince, Jessamine Lee Fox, and Hilma Margaret Mattson.

—–. “‘All calls promptly attended to, day or night’: Women Doctors in Southern Dakota Territory.” South Dakota History 45(1) (Spring 2014).

—–. “In Their Own Words: Women of Brown County, South Dakota, in World War I.” South Dakota History 48(1) (Spring 2018), 1-31.  On women who worked in nursing and other jobs during World War I.

—–. “The ‘Quickening Power’ of Education: Women Students at South Dakota State University, 1885-1920.” South Dakota History 33(1) (Spring 2003), 18-45.

—–. “’So Long as I Can Read’: Farm Women’s Reading Experiences in Depression-Era South Dakota.” Agricultural History 84(4) (Fall 2009), 503-527.

—-. “’Sowing the Seeds of Liberal Thought’: Unitarian Women Ministers in Nineteenth-Century South Dakota.” South Dakota History 38(2) (July 2008), 148-180.

—–. “’We Are Laying Foundations’: South Dakota’s First Ordained Women Congregational Ministers.” Great Plains Quarterly 36(1) (Winter 2016), 31-52.

Nelson, Paula M. No Place for Clinging Vines: Women Homesteaders on the South Dakota Frontier, 1900-1915. Thesis, USD-Vermillion, July 1978.

Peterson, Susan C. “From Paradise to Prairie: The Presentation Sisters in Dakota, 1880-1896.” South Dakota History 10(3)(Summer 1980), 210-222.

Sochen, June. “Frontier Women: A Model for All Women?South Dakota History 7(1) (Winter 1976), 36-56.

Wagner, Sally Roesch. Daughters of Dakota. Volumes 1-6.

Young, Gertrude S. Dakota Again. 1950.
a book of biographical sketches of South Dakota women including Sarah Wood Ward (pioneer), Mary Uline Dunlap (churchwoman), Krete Kendall Miller (artist), Charlotte Elliot (scientist), Gladys Pyle (stateswoman), and Lois Thrather Clarke (journalist), followed by a few fictionalized stories