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DA 12


Bill Nibbelink collection


Bill Nibbelink




1.0 linear feet -- 2 Boxes, photographs




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. Bill Nibbelink collection. DA 12. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Bill Nibbelink worked on Tom Daschle’s first two campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978 and 1980. He also worked out of Daschle’s Mobile Service Office that provided constituent service for the eastern 22 counties in South Dakota. The collection primarily consists of alcohol fuel publications, constituent robo letters, photographs, and campaign materials including a recount handbook.

Biographical Note

Bill Nibbelink received his journalism degree from South Dakota State University in 1975 and then worked for the Moody County Enterprise newspaper. He met Daschle through the SDSU Democrats and worked for him during Daschle’s first two campaigns for the United States House of Representatives. Nibbelink designed campaign brochures and posters because the Door-to-Door campaign had very few campaign funds. Nibbelink was the Daschle representative on the Moody County recount board for the contested 1978 election.

Nibbelink worked in Daschle’s Mobile Service Office providing constituent service for 22 counties in eastern South Dakota after Daschle was elected to Congress. Tom Daschle came back to South Dakota for two weekends every month and Nibbelink did all of the driving for him using the Mobile Service Office, a van converted to an office.

Bill Nibbelink also assisted Daschle in his early efforts to promote the development and use of alcohol fuel. Nibbelink helped develop pamphlets and books to distribute, and worked with Dave Billion in Sioux Falls to convert a Pontiac station wagon to run on pure ethanol.

Since working for Daschle, Nibbelink has been involved with Native American housing and tribal affairs, and was Executive Director of the Santee Housing Authority for fifteen years. In 1996 he started his own management firm, Bill Nibbelink & Associates, writing and administering grants for American Indian housing and serving as an advocate in Washington. He was appointed to the Native American & Alaska Native Housing Commission which was instrumental in the passage of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996.

Contents Note

The collection is primarily composed of publications and materials related to the development and promotion of alcohol fuels in South Dakota, assorted campaign memorabilia as well as the Moody County recount handbook for the contested congressional election in 1978. Constituent robo letters, South Dakota trip schedules, and a number of photographs are also included.

Key Words

Nibbelink, Bill
Daschle, Thomas A., 1947-
Gasohol industry
Ethanol fuel industry
Political campaigns
South Dakota
United States. Congress Constituent communication
United States. Congress. House

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

Ruby R. Wilson, March 31, 2016.

Container List

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Bill Nibbelink Collection Container List. DA 12

11Alcohol Fuels: "Alcohol Fuels The Good news About Energy" : 1980 February - by Congressman Tom Daschle1980
12Alcohol Fuels: "Corn Alcohol Farm Fuel! Things you need to know" - Iowa Corn Promotion Board1979 circa
13Alcohol Fuels: "Draft - Alcohol Fuel Potential in South Dakota" : 1980 September 9 - Office of Alcohol Fuels, U.S. Department of Energy1980
14Alcohol Fuels: "Fuel from Farms - A Guide to Small Scale Ethanol Production" : 1980 February - Solar Energy Research Institute1980
15Alcohol Fuels: Small-Scale Fuel Alcohol Production" : March 1980 - U.S. Department of Agriculture1980
16Alcohol Fuels: South Dakota Alcohol Fuel Plan : 1980 August 201980
17Alcohol Fuels: South Dakota Alcohol Fuels Association, Inc.1979
18Campaign: Get Out The Vote1982
19Campaign: Memorabilia - Assorted Materials1978-2004
110Campaign: Memorabilia - Capundated
111Campaign: Recount handbook1978
112Constituent Correspondence: Robo letters : 1979 January-June1979
113Constituent Correspondence: Robo letters : 1979 July-December1979
114Constituent Correspondence: Robo letters : 1980 January-May1980
115Constituent Correspondence: Robo letters : 1980 June-October1980
116Contact lists1979-1980
117Correspondence and interview2015
118Photographs: DA 12.2-0001 to DA12.2-00691979, undated
119Press clippings1979-1980
120South Dakota Trip Schedules1980, undated
121Speeches by Tom Daschle1979 circa
122Telephone Directory : 1980 February - U.S. House of Representatives1980