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Rare book donated to SDSU Archives

Briggs Library is now one of 29 libraries in the world to have the book "Conquering the Mighty Sioux" by William James Bordeaux on its shelves.

Briggs Library is now one of 29 libraries in the world to have the book Conquering the Mighty Sioux by William James Bordeaux on its shelves.

The book comes as a gift from South Dakota State University alumni Vincent, ’70, and Myla, ’71, Alsaker. After college, Myla went on to work in libraries, according to Lisa Otterson, Director of Development for University Programs at the SDSU Foundation.

“As a retired librarian, she and Vincent have a real passion for libraries and understand their mission,” Otterson said.

Conquering the Mighty Sioux was a title requested by Briggs Library after an American Indian Studies faculty member recommended it.

The book was self-published by the author in 1929. Conquering the Mighty Sioux depicts daily life among the Sioux through personal accounts from members of the tribe.

“It enhances our collection of local American Indian history and compliments similar books found in Archives and Special Collections,” Briggs Library Archivist Michele Christian said. “I am grateful to them for their donation.”

The book was received in April and is now placed with other Archives and Special Collections rare books.