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Collection Summary

Identifier

UA 6.5

Title

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Records

Creator

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, South Dakota State University

Dates

1974-2007

Extent

0.42 linear feet (1 document case)

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 . College of Arts and Sciences, Department Chemistry and Biochemistry Records. UA 6.5. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Abstract

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is to provide a rigorous, student-centered, practical education offering multiple and varied opportunities to explore traditional and nontraditional career options that are open to our chemistry majors. The collection is composed mainly of newsletters produced by the Chemistry Department. Also included are programs for various lecture series sponsored by the department.

Historical Note

In the 1884-85 catalog, chemistry was listed as a course of study in agriculture as part of the Department of Natural Sciences. There were three chemistry courses: elementary chemistry, analytical chemistry and agricultural chemistry. By 1892, all students were required to take three terms of elementary chemistry with analytical chemistry and agricultural chemistry as electives.

In the 1897-98 catalog, chemistry was first listed as an independent department. By this time the course offerings had greatly expanded and included many additions to the curriculum. Expansion of the chemistry department continued over the years with courses being added nearly every three to five years. By 1944, the professional curriculum was approved by the American Chemical Society.

After World War II, enrollment increased, prompting an increase in staff. By 1958, the department was authorized to offer a Ph.D. in biochemistry and in 1965 was authorized to offer Ph.D.'s in most branches of chemistry. The Biochemistry Experiment Station was established in 1887 and was separate from the Chemistry Department until July 1, 1974 when the chemistry department and the Station Biochemistry Department merged.

In the 1998-2000 catalog, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is listed as approved by the American Chemical Society for training professional chemists. Since chemistry is so closely related to other fields of study, a number of courses are offered to provide sufficient chemical background to meet professional needs. A minor in chemistry is provided for students who want more extensive chemistry without majoring in chemistry. Student may receive a BS in chemistry, or may pursue graduate work toward an MS or Ph.D.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of composed mainly of the newsletter "Beaker Breaker" produced by the Chemistry Department from 1978 to 1987. Also included are programs for various lecture series sponsored by the department such as the Henry A. Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry, and the Joseph F. Nelson Mentorship Seminar in Chemistry and Biology.

Key Words

South Dakota State University. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Henry A. Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry

Container List

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Records Container List. UA 6.5

BoxFolderDescriptionDate(s)
11Analytical Services provided by the Station Biochemistry Section of the Chemistry Departmentundated
12Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1978
13Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1979
14Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1980
15Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1981
16Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1982
17Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1983
18Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1984
19Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1985
110Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1986
111Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1987
112Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1988
113Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1989
114Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1990
115Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1991
116Beaker Breaker (newsletter)1992
117Chemistry Newsletter1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
118Henry A. Lardy Distinguished Lecture Series in Chemistry (programs)1990-1991, 2006-2007
119Joseph F. Nelson Mentorship Seminar in Chemistry and Biology1998
120Notat-IONS (newsletter)1986
121Pamphlets : Information on Chemistry Departmentundated
122Undergraduate Student Awards : Chemistry Department (program)undated

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

Crystal J. Gamradt, 1999 February 26, additions made 2013 August 26.