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Archives and Special Collections: Peter Norbeck, Papers 1900-1936

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Dakota Territory, now South Dakota, was the birthplace of Peter Norbeck on 27 August 1870. He attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. In 1900, he moved to Redfield, South Dakota, where he worked in agriculture and as a contractor for oil and gas drilling. Elected to the State Senate, he stated in office until 1915. From 1915 to 1916 he served as lieutenant governor until he won the election for governor in 1917. From his office as governor, Norbeck campaigned for and won a seat in the United States Senate in 1920, where he served until his death on 20 December 1936. Norbeck participated in the development in the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Badlands National Park and Custer State Park in South Dakota.

Scope and Content:

The Norbeck Papers consist chiefly of correspondence, manuscript and print materials relating to Norbeck's political service as governor of South Dakota and United States Senator. The materials span the years 1900-1936.

Related Subjects:

Agriculture--Economic aspects--United States
Badlands National Park (S.D.)
Banks and banking--Government policy--United States
Custer State Park (S.D.)
Farm Credit System (U.S.)
Farmers--United States--Economic conditions
Governors--South Dakota
Indians of North America--South Dakota
Mount Rushmore National Memorial (S.D.)
National parks and reserves--South Dakota
Norbeck, Peter, 1870-1936
Roads--South Dakota
South Dakota--politics and government
Tariff--United States
United States--Politics and government--20th century

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