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MA 14


Beryl Stewart Papers


Rhea Beryl DeHaven Stewart




27.44 linear feet (21 boxes)




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is stored off-site. Requests to view this material must be made at least 24 hours in advance. This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . Beryl Stewart papers. MA 14. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Rhea Beryl DeHaven Stewart was a teacher and a farm homemaker. She served on the South Dakota Board of Education from 1947 to 1959 and was a contributor of poetry and prose to many publications. This is a collection of manuscripts and published works of Beryl Stewart as well as material she collected and scrapbooks she created throughout her career.

Biographical Note

Rhea Beryl DeHaven Stewart was born on September 2, 1899 in Linden, Iowa, to Albert and Eva DeHaven. The first years of Beryl's life were spent in Iowa, after which she homesteaded with her parents near Capa, South Dakota in 1907. In 1915, she and her family moved to Wessington, SD, which remained her home for most of her life.

In the fall of 1915, Beryl started teaching when she was drafted from high school to teach a group of 26 pupils in a rural school. In 1926, she completed her high school work at Northern States Teachers' college in Aberdeen, SD. She later took a teacher's course there and she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She was a student assistant in various departments while she attended college. She was a member of Kappa Delta Phi and Pi Kappa Delta, national societies, Beaux Arts Club and the Pasque Board. She also participated in forensics, dramatics and stagecraft activities.

In 1927, she accepted a position at Roosevelt Junior High in Aberdeen, SD. In the spring of that year, she took over the English and artwork in the new Simmons Junior High School. In 1930, she was made Director of the English Department at Central High School in Aberdeen. She taught English and dramatic courses and was adviser to the Drama Club and Word Craft, a publication initiated by Stewart and produced by students of the high school.

In 1932, Beryl was granted a Master of Arts degree from the State University of Iowa. Her major field of study was English literature.

On January 24, 1943, she married Chase David Stewart. She gave up her career as a teacher to become a farm homemaker. They resided near Wessington, SD.

Beryl Stewart was a long time contributor of poetry and prose to many publications. She was a member of the South Dakota Press Women and the National League of American Pen Women, serving the latter as state president. Her writings were awarded prizes in national competitions, poetry magazines and in South Dakota State Fair Literature contests. Her name appears in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in South Dakota and International Who's Who in Poetry.

Although Mrs. Stewart left her career as a teacher to become a farm homemaker, she retained her interest in education by serving on the South Dakota Board of Education from 1947 to 1959. She was also a member of President Eisenhower's Conference on Education in 1955. After her husband's death in February 1960, Mrs. Stewart returned to teaching English at Sioux Falls College.

Beryl DeHaven Stewart died on September 20, 1961.


This collection is arrange into five series:

Series 1. Collected works

Series 2. Correspondence

Series 3. Manuscripts

Series 4. Published works

Series 5. Scrapbooks.

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of manuscripts and published works of Beryl Stewart as well as material she collected and scrapbooks she created throughout her career.

The collected works are composed of clippings about Stewart from newspapers, a book in which her name is mentioned, and several issues of Word Craft, a publication from Aberdeen Central High School to which Stewart was an adviser.

The correspondence covers the years from 1923 to 1942 and includes reference letters and letters from publishers.

The manuscripts are composed of essays, poems and short stories that Stewart wrote. Also included are works that Stewart entered in the South Dakota State Fair literature contests, some of which contain criticisms of her work and ribbons awarded. Many of these are included in the scrapbooks.

The published works are composed essays, poems and short stories that Stewart published in several literary and rural publications.

The scrapbooks are composed of scrapbooks that include correspondence and clippings from publications to which Beryl Stewart submitted her writings.

Key Words


Poets, American -- South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Education

Stewart, Rhea Beryl DeHaven, 1899-1961

Walz, Jean

Container List

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Beryl Stewart Papers Container List. MA 14

1. Collected works11International Who's Who in Poetry, vol. 21958
1. Collected works12Language Arts Course of Study for SD High Schools - Bulletin 8B/8D : 10th & 12th year1947
1. Collected works13The Mirror1933-1934
1. Collected works14Newspaper clippings1960, 1981, undated
1. Collected works15Word Craft1937
1. Collected works16Word Craft1941
1. Collected works17Word Craft1942
1. Collected works18Word Craft1944
1. Collected works19Word Craft1949
2. Correspondence110Correspondence1923-1942
3. Manuscripts111Booklet - Wild Plumundated
3. Manuscripts112English Course of Study1939
3. Manuscripts113Essaysundated
3. Manuscripts114Poems1960, undated
3. Manuscripts21Short stories1960, undated
3. Manuscripts22State Fair Ribbons1960
3. Manuscripts23Thesis1932
4. Published works24The American Bard1960
4. Published works25The Archer1951-1953
4. Published works26Blue Moon1952, 1954-1956
4. Published works27Candor1956
4. Published works28The Christian Science Monitor1953-1955, 1957-1960
4. Published works29The Country Poet1951-1952
4. Published works210The English Journal1936
4. Published works211Epos1950
4. Published works212The Farmer1950, 1952-1954, 1956, 1962
4. Published works213Florida Magazine of Verse1951-1952
4. Published works214From Sea to Sea in Song1954
4. Published works215Ideals1951-1952, 1954, 1956, 1961
4. Published works216The Improvement ERA1954, 1956, 1961
4. Published works217Kaleidograph1950-1951
4. Published works218Midwest Chaporrolundated
4. Published works219The Muse1958-1959
4. Published works220New Athenaeum1950
4. Published works221New Verse Magazine1950-1951
4. Published works222Palmetto Voices1951
4. Published works223Paramount Collector-Hobbyist1946-1947
4. Published works224Pasque Petals1949-1950, 1958-1959
4. Published works225The Pen Woman1955
4. Published works226Prairie Winds1952
4. Published works227Reflections1954
4. Published works228SDEA Journal1955-1956
4. Published works229Seydell Quarterly1956, 1960
4. Published works230The Sioux City Journal1955, 1960
4. Published works231Stanza1949
4. Published works232Unknownundated
5. Scrapbooks3ItemScrapbook1946-1959
5. Scrapbooks4ItemScrapbook1947-1957
5. Scrapbooks5ItemScrapbook1947-1959
5. Scrapbooks6ItemScrapbook1947-1960
5. Scrapbooks7ItemScrapbook1950-1953
5. Scrapbooks8ItemScrapbook1951-1957
5. Scrapbooks9ItemScrapbook1951-1959
5. Scrapbooks10ItemScrapbook1951-1959
5. Scrapbooks11ItemScrapbook1952-1955
5. Scrapbooks12ItemScrapbook1952-1959
5. Scrapbooks13ItemScrapbook1953-1956
5. Scrapbooks14ItemScrapbook1953-1959
5. Scrapbooks15ItemScrapbook1953-1960
5. Scrapbooks16ItemScrapbook1954-1959
5. Scrapbooks17ItemScrapbook1954-1960
5. Scrapbooks18ItemScrapbook1955-1959
5. Scrapbooks19ItemScrapbook1957-1960
5. Scrapbooks20ItemScrapbook1959
5. Scrapbooks21ItemScrapbookundated

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

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.

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.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, 1998 July 7.