Edwin and Pearl (Lewison) Hesby Collection, available at the Center for Western Studies, consists of correspondences, diaries, scrapbooks, financial documents, and photo albums. The collection is largely centered on Pearl Lewison. Pearl's personal records begin around 1918 when she graduated from Sioux Rapids High School and continue until her death in 1981. She spent much of her life in Volga, SD where she and Edwin Hesby lived. Of particular interest are Pearl's diaries, which start in 1933 and continue until 1980, and her correspondence. The correspondence includes depression era love letters from Edwin to Pearl while Edwin was farming in Arlington, South Dakota, (1936-1939). Much of the collection centers around daily life, church, and farming in South Dakota and Iowa. The collection also includes other items related to the Hesby and Kalvig families' migration from Norway and settlement in the Midwest in the late 1800s.
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