The James O. Berdahl Collection, available at the Center for Western Studies, contains materials collected by James O. Berdahl in researching the genealogy of the Berdahl family and other early Norwegian settlers of Minnehaha County, SD, including the Ellefson, Hermanson, Loftesness, Rolvaag, Otterness, Winjum, and Wangsness families. James Othelius Berdahl was born 23 Apr 1881 in Minnehaha County, Dakota Territory to Norwegian homestead pioneers Andrew & Karen Otterness Berdahl. Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, legal documents, journals, diaries, genealogical records, printed materials, clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs. The collection also contains materials reflecting Berdahl's interest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota history, Native American History, the American Lutheran Church [ELC & ALC], temperance, and prohibition.
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