Department of Communication Studies and Theater Records
1.26 linear feet (3 document cases) moving image materials
South Dakota State University. Department of Communication Studies and Theater
South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
Open. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.
Name of item. UA 6.1, box #, folder #, Department of Communication Studies and Theater Records, South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
The Department of Communication Studies and Theater offers majors in Theater or Speech Communication with an optional emphasis in Speech. This collection is composed of materials produced by the Communication Studies and Theater Department. Included is material related to the Prairie Repertory Theater and State University Theater.
Speech courses have always been a part of the South Dakota State University curriculum. In the earliest years, the preparatory department offered courses in public speaking to high school students, and the English Department offered courses in public speaking and rhetoric, including elocution and oral reading. Through the years, various other departments took responsibility for the public speaking courses, including the Elocution and Physical Culture Department, the Public Speaking Department, and the English Department. A Speech Department first appeared in the 1924 catalog, offering courses in debate, speaking, and play production. Required courses in rhetoric were taught by the English Department until 1938 when they were placed into the speech department.
By the 1950's, the Speech Department was well established on campus. The Board of Regents approved the speech major in 1958, and a master's degree was also available. Courses were taught in forensics, drama and radio. Film and television instruction began soon after. In the 1970's the communication disorders program, which prepared students to teach or provide therapy in speech, hearing and speech language was established as part of the department.
In addition to formal course work in speech, extracurricular activities involving the department have flourished on campus. In the early years, speech and literary societies sponsored most plays and debates, which were a major source of entertainment on campus. After such societies disappeared, students continued to participate in debate and theater, taking part in competitions and many theatrical productions. Students also worked for the State College broadcasting system and work for the campus radio station KAGY.
Since the early 1990's, the department has been known as the Communication Studies and Theater Department. Programs in speech communication, speech education and theater are offered, as is the radio, television and film program, which focus on production. Many opportunities for extracurricular activities are also offered through the department.
Contents and Arrangement
This collection consists of items materials produced by the various programs offered by the Communication Studies and Theater Department. Folders include pamphlets, programs, and newsletters. The bulk of the material is related to the Prairie Repertory Theater and State University Theater. This material includes playbills, posters, ticket information, calendars, programs, and correspondence. Some items of note consist of bound books of theater seasons for the Prairie Repertory Theater. These books cover the 1971-2002 summer theater seasons and include copies of programs, clippings, and photographs from plays.
- KSDJ. (Radio station : Brookings, S.D.)
- South Dakota State University. Department of Communication Studies and Theater
- South Dakota State University. Prairie Repertory Theater
- South Dakota State University. State University Theater
History of State University theater 1972 through 1992 - Louis W. Karlen
Publication Date: 1993
Call Number: LB2385.K1465
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.
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Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the SDSU Archives and Special Collections.
Department of Communication Studies and Theater Recruitment Video
Film and Cafe Society - Reel Images (pamphlet)
Footlight Club play programs
Prairie Repertory Theater A Summer Outreach Program (info sheet)
Prairie Repertory Theater Book I
Prairie Repertory Theater Book II
Prairie Repertory Theater Book III
Prairie Repertory Theater Book IV
Prairie Repertory Theater Book V
Prairie Repertory Theater Book VI
Prairie Repertory Theater Book VII
Prairie Repertory Theater Correspondence
Prairie Repertory Theater Playbills
Prairie Repertory Theater Programs
Prairie Repertory Theater Summer Calendar
Radio K.S.D.J. (posters, pamphlets, etc.)
S.D.S.U. Experimental Theater (poster)
S.D.S.U.'s Yellow and Blue Revue (booklet)
South Dakota Theater Fest (pamphlet, posters)
Spotlight on State University Theater (newsletter)
Spotlight on State University Theater (newsletter)
State College Theater Program
State College Theater-In-the-Round Program
State University Schedule
State University Theater Correspondence
1991, 2001, 2007
State University Theater Playbills
State University Theater Postcards
State University Theater Posters
State University Theater Programs
State University Theater Season calendars
1966-1967, 1987-2005, 2008, undated
State University Theater Season tickets
Yellow and Blue Review