Guide to the George C. Custer Papers At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Custer, George C.
Title: Custer, George C. Papers
Dates: 1924-1968
Quantity: 2 box(es) (0.8 cubic feet)
Collection ID: MSS.Custer, George
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Had to retire 25 years before he expected to due to health problems. This left him much free time on his hands. During the years 1923-1925 he lived in New Haven, Conn., where he sold oil and gasoline during the day to retailers and attended Yale at night. He joined the Navy and decided to become a hospital apprentice. Even though he had no education before that, and had failed the entrance examination, they let him have a trial period of six months. By the time graduation came, he was 4th in a class of more than 60 students and had an average of 98%.

He became a strong advocate of birth control after having observed and done some independent thinking.

In his will George C. Custer left a legacy to ARROW for the establishment of the Dr. George C. Custer and Emily Henrietta Custer Library. The Library would contain Native American materials available for reference, study, and research. In 1986 Black Hills State University was chosen to establish and maintain this library.

Scope and Contents

Allen, James, Book of Courage, Christliches Mergikmeinnicht, Color, Dr. George C. Custer's Correspondence, Notes, etc., Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism, Ecce Orienti, Photographs, Drummond, Henry, Frost, Robert, Kany, C.E.

Related Material

ARROW, Inc. National American Indian Court Judges Association Paper

Preferred Citation

George C. Custer Papers, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies

Processing Information

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Box 1: Allen, James- As a Man Thinketh, Book of Courage: a Little Book of Brave Thought, Color: a Spiritual Lesson, Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism, Ecce Orienti, One Hundred Best American Poems, Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900, Drummond, Henry- Greatest Thing in the World, Frost, Robert- Pocket Book of Robert Frost's Poems, Kany, C.E. Elementary Spanish Conversation. Box 2: Dr. George C. Custer's Correspondence, Notes, etc. 1965-1968, photographs.

Box File
1 1 Allen, James- As a Man Thinketh n.d
2 One Hundred Best American Poems 1905
3 Frost, Robert- Pocket Book of Robert Frost's Poems 1946
4 Christliches Mergikeminnicht n.d.
5 Book of Courage: a Little Book of Brave Thought 1924
6 Ecce Orienti 1925
7 Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism 1927
8 C.E. Elementary Spanish Conversation 1938
9 Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 1925
10 Introductory Biology 1941
11 Greatest Thing in the World n.d.
12 Fun for one 1958
13 Notebook — Trigger pints in the hands as diagnostic aids in joint lesions in the feet n.d.
14 Notebook — Book II - Dr. Hiss n.d.
15 Notebook — Book IV — Mobilization treatment for knee strain n.d.
16 Color: a Spiritual Lesson n.d.
Box File
2 1 ARROW letters and articles 1967-1968
2 Christmas cards, sympathy cards, letters 1967-1968
3 Business letters, Hypnosis papers, stationary 1968
4 Miscellaneous n.d.
5 [Psychology paper] n.d.
6 Photographs n.d.