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. Collections include:
Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Papers
Acquired in 2005, the Thomas A. Daschle Career Papers Collection consists of more than 2,000 linear feet of materials and over 0.5 Tb of digital objects. The collection includes correspondence and records, photographs, audiotapes, videotapes and other materials covering Daschle's professional life.
Records having permanent historical value to South Dakota State University, including administrative records, departmental and student group records, faculty papers, publications.
Papers, records, and published materials of South Dakota and alumni authors ; South Dakota and regional materials—including, but not limited to, the papers of organizations, local businesses, community figures, families, and especially material related to farming and its development in South Dakota.
Historical material about the Brookings, SD area. The George & Evelyn Norby Collection makes up the majority of this collection and includes newspapers and photographs of local interest, telephone directories, and area business promotional materials.
South Dakota Collection
The South Dakota Collection is permanently housed in the Archives Reading Room. These books cannot be checked out but may be accessed in the reading room. Books in the South Dakota Collection can be discovered by searching the Hilton M. Briggs Library catalog.
Rare Books and Artifacts
Prairie Striders Running Club Library
Bob Bartling and several like-minded people founded the Prairie Striders Running Club in 1969 to promote running, fellowship, and health. Bob began collecting books and magazines related to running and track and field, and by 1978, the Prairie Striders Running Club Library was established. It includes 636 volumes of books, about 5,000 periodicals and newsletters, and has the results of 16 annual races.
Jim Koch Amateur Wrestling Collection
The Jim Koch Amateur Wrestling Collection contains 31 wrestling books and 61 bound volumes of Amateur Wrestling News, the oldest and most respected wrestling publication in the country. The collection’s AWN issues date from January 1956 to the present. The monthly magazine features results at the high school, college, and world levels. Tournaments and major conferences are covered in detail.
The collection belonged to Jim Koch, a South Dakota State University graduate and esteemed college wrestling coach. Koch’s family donated the collection to Briggs Library in 2017, thanks to the facilitation of library volunteer Bob Bartling. Bartling created an index of every issue of AWN, which will be converted to a database soon. Bartling was also responsible for bringing in the Prairie Striders Running Club Library.