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South Dakota State University Archives and Hilton M. Briggs Library Special Collections contain the University Archives, as well as material related to South Dakota history and life.  These two general collection areas include manuscript and archival materials, books, serials, audiovisual materials, artifacts and photographs.  Collections are accessible on the third level of Hilton M. Briggs Library on the campus of South Dakota State University. Most material found in the Archives is the result of transfers from university offices, gifts from individuals, or purchase. Archives and Special Collections is responsible for the accepting and processing of archival and manuscript materials.  Other material may be accepted and will be processed as best suits each particular gift.

The Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study is also located within the Special Collections area of Hilton M. Briggs Library. This study allows for public access to the papers donated by the Senator, a 1969 SDSU graduate in political science. The collection documents his distinguished twenty-six year public career in the U.S. House and Senate from 1979-2004. The career papers consist of more that 2000 linear feet of materials and over one terabyte of digital objects. The collection contains correspondence and records, photographs, audiotapes, video tapes, and other materials concerning Daschle's professional life. The September 11 tragedy, anthrax attack on Senator Daschle's office, and the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton are among the historical events documented by this unique collection.SDSU Archives & Hilton M. Briggs Library Special Collections contains the university archives, as well as material related to South Dakota history and life.  These two general collection areas include manuscript and archival materials, books, serials, audiovisual materials, and photographs.  Collections are accessible in the Alfred G. Trump Reading Room located on the third level of Hilton M. Briggs Library on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Most material found in SDSU Archives & Hilton M. Briggs Library Special Collections is the result of either transfers from university offices, gifts from individuals, or purchase.

SDSU Archives & Special Collections is responsible for the accepting and processing of archival and manuscript materials.  Other material may be accepted by SDSU Archives & Special Collections and will be processed as best suits each particular gift.

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Dakota State University Archives and Hilton M. Briggs Library Special Collections is to: 

  • Identify, appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, make available, and promote the use of:
  • The history and development of South Dakota State University and those individuals and groups involved with it.
  • South Dakota history and life, including materials from South Dakota authors, South Dakotans and South Dakota organizations.
  • The collection also may include materials related to South Dakota which document the Great Plains, the American Midwest, or North America, as resources allow.
  • Provide facilities for the retention, preservation, servicing, and research use of such materials.
  • Provide information services to both the University and the wider community.
  • Promote the knowledge and understanding of the origins and subsequent development of the programs and goals of South Dakota State University through the use of the archives.

General Contact Information

SDSU Archives and Special Collections
Room 241, Box 2115
Brookings,SD  57007
phone: 605-688-5094
arcrefs@sdstate.edu