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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 University Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) unit supports the missions of South Dakota State University and the Hilton M. Briggs Library. The A&SC identifies, collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials of cultural importance and historical and administrative value to all researchers regardless of affiliation. These collections document the development of South Dakota State University and the surrounding community, and support the major research and educational subject areas of the University. The A&SC actively pursues opportunities for partnerships that strengthen services, collections, and facilities. Use of A&SC materials is encouraged through outreach efforts.

General Contact Information

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