Blanche Avery Johnston Class of 1916 Collection

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MA 071

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Blanche Avery Johnston Class of 1916 Collection


  • 1912-1986 (Accumulation)


0.21 linear feet (1 small document case)

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Biographical history

Born April 28, 1895 in Alexandria, SD, Blanche Avery Johnston was a member of the South Dakota State College class of 1916. From 1916 to 1917 she was a home economics teacher in Elgin, Minnesota. She married Ralph Johnston September 4, 1917 and they lived in Hot Springs, SD before moving to Brookings, SD. Ralph Johnston become the first curator of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum. Blanche Johnston was the Grand Marshal of the Hobo Day Parade in 1986. She passed away December 13, 1986.

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The collection contains materials Johnston collected during her time at South Dakota State College, including 103 photographs and a booklet about campus life. Also in the collection is a 1917 booklet of letters from the class of 1916 telling each other what they have been doing since they graduated. There is also a news clipping from the Brookings Register about Johnston and her memories of the first Hobo Day at South Dakota State.

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This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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MA 71

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