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Collection Summary

Identifier

UA 53.3

Title

Allen Barnes Papers

Creator

Allen Barnes, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, South Dakota State University

Dates

1965-1986

Extent

0.84 linear feet (2 document cases) sound recording

Language

English

Repository

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

Access note

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. Allen Barnes Papers. UA 53.3. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M .Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Abstract

Allen Barnes was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1967-1985. This collection consists of material related to the Centennial celebration of South Dakota State University, Barnes’ term as Dean of Arts and Sciences, and his work on getting a Performing Arts Center established on campus.

Historical Note

Allen Barnes was born June 12, 1926 in Newport, Nebraska. He attended Hastings College in Nebraska, graduating in 1948, went on to the University of Idaho, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Madrid in 1952. After serving for several years at Chadron State College in Nebraska, Barnes accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Bi-national Institute in Tehran, Iran. He followed this position with work in a similar position in Concepcion, Chile. In 1961, he and his family moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where he was head of the Department of Foreign Languages at South Dakota State University [SDSU]. In 1967, he became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held until 1985. He was preceded as Dean by Frank G. Schultz, and was followed by Rex Myers.

While Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Barnes worked tirelessly to promote the college on the campus. He realized early on the problems inherent in being a non-practical arts and non-agricultural college in the university. He also worked hard to improve the facilities delegated to the various departments of the college. His strong push for a performing arts center is only one example of this. He also worked hard to advertise the credits of his faculty, both through his biannual reports on the college and through his "state of the college" speeches delivered annually.

Another long time crusade of Barnes was to improve the state of international relations/education on campus. He long promoted the study of foreign languages, and he felt strongly that foreign study was an essential part of education. In addition, he took an active role in helping foreign students on campus acclimatize and realize the full potential and extent of their education at SDSU and in Brookings. In 1985, Barnes left his position as Dean and returned to the Department of Foreign Language, where he taught until his full retirement in 1989. This collection was donated to the archives upon his retirement.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1. Centennial celebration records

Series 2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Series 3. Performing Arts Center records

Contents Note

This collection is composed of material related to the Centennial celebration of South Dakota State University in 1981, Barnes' term as Dean of Arts and Sciences, and his work on getting a Performing Arts Center established on campus.

Series 1. Centennial celebration records.

The Centennial Celebration records are composed of Barnes' files relating to the Centennial celebration of the college. The majority of them are related to the College of Arts and Sciences activities related to the events on campus. Included are the College of Arts and Science centennial committee notes, transcripts of lectures given in the College, copies of departmental histories, correspondence, files from various activities such as the dinner dance, the musical production, an art exhibit, scholarship activities, a special course, and alumni days activities. Also included are some material related to the Theodore Schultz Symposium and the Centennial Steering Committee subcommittee responsible for it. This series offers a more in depth look at what went on during the Centennial year in this particular college, an aspect touched upon without depth in the Centennial Steering Committee files.

Series 2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Dean of the College of Arts and Science records are from when Barnes served as Dean and are composed of files related to Barnes' term as Dean of Arts and Sciences. Included are the transcripts of speeches he made, notes from the South Dakota State University marching band's 1981 trip to Washington DC (which he chaperoned), memos on the creative activities of the College of Arts and Sciences (which later became a publication called "Hear Ye"), and much material on a topic very important to him, the internationalization of education.

Series 3. Performing Arts Center records.

The Performing Arts Center records series composed of material related to Barnes' tireless attempts to get a Performing Arts Center built on campus. These files are illuminating in their scope. They provide insight into planning and fundraising efforts, the vast amount of data stored to promote such an effort, and the way in which the project was approached. Included in this material are letters, newspaper clippings about both the problems here at South Dakota State University, and the way in which other universities approached the problem.

Key Words

Barnes, Allen, 1926-1999.

Educational exchanges

Exchange of persons

International education

South Dakota State University -- Centennial celebrations

South Dakota State University -- College of Arts and Sciences

South Dakota State University -- Performing Arts Center

Students, Foreign

Container List

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Allen Barnes Papers Container List. UA 53.3

SeriesBoxFolderDescriptionDate(s)
1. Centennial celebration records111881 course special1981
1. Centennial celebration records12Alumni Days1981
1. Centennial celebration records13Arts and Science Centennial Committee1980-1981
1. Centennial celebration records14Centennial arts exhibit1981
1. Centennial celebration records15Centennial dance1981
1. Centennial celebration records16Centennial lectures1980-1981
1. Centennial celebration records17Centennial musical theatre production1981
1. Centennial celebration records18College of Arts and Science Centennial planning1981
1. Centennial celebration records19Correspondence1980-1981
1. Centennial celebration records110Departmental Histories - Aerospace Studies to Foreign Languages1980-1981
1. Centennial celebration records111Departmental Histories - Geography to ROTC1980-1981
1. Centennial celebration records112Scholarship ceremonies1980-1981
1. Centennial celebration records113Ted Schultz symposium1981
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science114Band trip1980-1981
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science115Creative activity - College of Arts and Science1966-1971
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science116Internationalization of education1984-1985
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science117Internationalization of education1985-1986
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science118Miscellaneous1978-1986
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science21Speeches1965-1974
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science22Speeches1975-1977
2. Barnes as Dean of the College of Arts and Science23Speeches1978-1984
3. Performing Arts Center records24Centennial Center development1981-1984
3. Performing Arts Center records25Centennial Center development1984-1985
3. Performing Arts Center records26Clippings1973-1985
3. Performing Arts Center records27Fundraising1972-1981
3. Performing Arts Center records28History1971-1982
3. Performing Arts Center records29Need - Art1974-1985
3. Performing Arts Center records210Need - General1970-1982
3. Performing Arts Center records211Need - Music1972-1979
3. Performing Arts Center records212Need - Theatre1972-1978
3. Performing Arts Center records213Programming - Artundated
3. Performing Arts Center records214Programming - Interdepartmental1973-1974, undated
3. Performing Arts Center records215Programming - Music1974
3. Performing Arts Center records216Programming - Theatre1974

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

Elizabeth B. Scott, University Archivist, 1998 March 24.