Skip to main content

David F. Pearson Papers

Filter Finding Aids

Manuscript Archives- Personal Papers

University Archives- Faculty Papers

Finding Aid

Ask Us!     Download List     Search Finding Aid

Collection Summary


UA 3.1


Administration Office. David F. Pearson Papers


David F. Pearson, Vice President for Administration, South Dakota State University




6.84 linear feet (6 records center boxes, 2 small document cases)




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

Access note

This collection is stored off-site. Requests to view this material must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 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 . Administration Office. David F. Pearson Papers. UA 3.1. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


David F. Pearson began his career as a professor of Economics at South Dakota State College in 1957. In 1959, President Briggs appointed him Special Assistant to the president. In 1973, he was name to the newly created position of Vice President of Administration. The collection contains files from the office of David F. Pearson while serving as Vice President for Administration and consists mainly of correspondence and files dealing with the F. O. Butler Foundation, the engineering controversy of the early 1970s, and material dealing with the celebration of the United States Bicentennial celebration on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Biographical Note

The Executive Vice President for Administration provides leadership and supervision for the support, service, and administrative units on campus. Overall responsibilities include financial management, personnel services, buildings and grounds, student services, legal affairs, public relations, policy development, campus planning, and support for alumni and foundation affairs.

David Pearson received a law degree from the University of South Dakota and returned to South Dakota State University in 1957 serving as an Assistant Professor of Economics. In 1959, President Briggs appointed him Special Assistant to the President. He retained his teaching position, attaining Professor status in July, 1965. In 1973, President Briggs named him to the newly created position of Vice President for Administration. In reality, many of the duties Pearson was assigned from 1959 to 1973 were essentially the same as those formally given to him after 1973. In addition, he headed the Greater State Fund, which has grown into what we now know as the SDSU Foundation. David Pearson retired in August, 1980. He died July 10, 1990.

David Pearson's career at SDSU:

  • September 1957 Assistant Professor of Economics
  • May 1959 Assistant Professor of Economics, Special Assistant to President Briggs
  • July 1961 Associate Professor of Economics
  • July 1965 Professor of Economics
  • July 1973 (effective date) Resigned as Assistant to President Briggs
  • February 1973 Vice President for Administration, Professor of Economics
  • August 1980 Retired from VP of Administration, Professor of Economics, Emeritus Status.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of files from the office of David F. Pearson while serving as Vice President for Administration. Folders consist mainly of correspondence and files dealing with the F. O. Butler Foundation, the engineering controversy of the early 1970s, and material dealing with the celebration of the United States Bicentennial celebration on the campus of South Dakota State University.

The correspondence is composed of correspondence sent and received by David F. Pearson while service was Vice President for Administration.

The F.O. Butler Foundation files are composed of material dealing with the organization of the F.O. Butler Foundation at South Dakota State University. Folders contain approved requests, Articles of Incorporation, campus enrichment, and correspondence files.

Engineering controversy files are composed of material dealing with the controversy surrounding the possible removal of the College of Engineering from South Dakota State University in the early 1970s. Folders contain correspondence, analysis, departmental actions, clippings, and master plan material.

The bicentennial celebration files are composed of material dealing with the celebration of the United States Bicentennial on the campus of South Dakota State University. Folders consist of budget and proposal material, committee minutes, calendar of events, and correspondence.

Key Words

  • Pearson, David F., -1990
  • South Dakota State University -- Administration
  • South Dakota State University -- Bicentennial celebrations (U.S.)
  • South Dakota State University -- Engineering controversy
  • South Dakota State University -- F.O. Butler Foundation
  • South Dakota State University -- Vice President for Administration
  • University administrators

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.


Container List

11Correspondence1976 March 16-31
12Correspondence1976 November
13Correspondence1976 December
14Correspondence1977 January
15Correspondence1977 February
16Correspondence1977 March
17Correspondence1977 April
18Correspondence1977 May
19Correspondence1977 June
110Correspondence1977 July
111Correspondence1977 August
112Correspondence1977 September
113Correspondence1977 October
114Correspondence1977 November
115Correspondence1977 December
116Correspondence1978 January
117Correspondence1978 February
118Correspondence1978 March
119Correspondence1978 April
120Correspondence1978 May
121Correspondence1978 June
122Correspondence1978 July
123Correspondence1978 August
124Correspondence1978 September
125Correspondence1978 October
126Correspondence1978 November
127Correspondence1978 December
128Correspondence1979 January
129Correspondence1979 February
130Correspondence1979 March 1-15
21Correspondence1979 April 1-13
22Correspondence1979 April 16-30
23Correspondence1979 May 1-10
24Correspondence1979 May 11-31
25Correspondence1979 June
26Correspondence1979 July 1-17
27Correspondence1979 July 18-30
28Correspondence1979 August 1-20
29Correspondence1979 August 21-31
210Correspondence1979 September 1-17
211Correspondence1979 September 18-30
212Correspondence1979 October 1-9
213Correspondence1979 October 10-22
214Correspondence1979 October 23-31
215Correspondence1979 November 1-14
216Correspondence1979 November 15-30
217Correspondence1979 December 1-12
218Correspondence1979 December 13-31
219Correspondence1980 January 2-14
220Correspondence1980 January 15-31
221Correspondence1980 February 1-14
222Correspondence1980 February 15-28
223Correspondence1980 March 1-18
224Correspondence1980 March 11-31
31Correspondence1980 April 1-14
32Correspondence1980 April 15-30
33Correspondence1980 June 1-9
34Correspondence1980 June 10-30
35Correspondence1980 May
36Correspondence1980 July
37Correspondence1980 August
38Correspondence1980 September
39Correspondence1980 October
310Correspondence1980 November
311Correspondence1980 December
312Correspondence1981 January
313Correspondence1981 February
314Correspondence1981 March
315Correspondence1981 April
316Correspondence1981 May
317Correspondence1981 June
318Correspondence1981 July
319Correspondence1981 August
320Correspondence1981 September
321Correspondence1981 October
322Correspondence1981 November
323Correspondence1981 December
324Correspondence1982 January
325F.O. Butler Foundation: Annual meeting1945-1964
326F.O. Butler Foundation: Annual meeting1965-1970
327F.O. Butler Foundation: Approval requests1975-1976
328F.O. Butler Foundation: Approval requests1977
329F.O. Butler Foundation: Articles of Incorporationundated
330F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1969-1970
331F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1971
332F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1971
333F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1972
334F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1973
41F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1973
42F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1974
43F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1975
44F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment1976
45F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment-Approved requests1977
46F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment-Approved requests1978
47F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment-West River Seminar1973-1977
48F.O. Butler Foundation: Contingency funds1976-1977
49F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1942
410F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1943
411F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1944
412F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1945
413F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1946
414F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1947
415F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1948
416F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1949
417F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1950
418F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1952
419F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1953
420F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1954
421F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1955
422F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1956
423F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1957
424F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1958
425F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1959
426F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1960
427F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1961
428F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1962
429F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1963
430F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1964
431F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1965
432F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1966
433F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1967
434F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1968
435F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1969
436F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1969
437F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1970
438F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1970
439F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1971
440F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1972
441F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1974
442F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1975
443F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1973
444F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1976
51F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1977
52F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence1978
53F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence-Financial1960-1976
54F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence-Financial1975-1977
55F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence-Financial1944-1959
56F.O. Butler Foundation: F.O. Butler Plaza1970-1976
57F.O. Butler Foundation: F.O. Butler projects1970-1978
58F.O. Butler Foundation: F.O. Butler Ranch, Inc. 7-11 Ranch1969
59F.O. Butler Foundation: F.O. Butler story1975-1977
510F.O. Butler Foundation: Financial report1953-1962
511F.O. Butler Foundation: Financial report1958-1977
512F.O. Butler Foundation: Financial report1964-1969
513F.O. Butler Foundation: Historical1945
514F.O. Butler Foundation: Income & expenses1947
515F.O. Butler Foundation: In-house Fellowship1970-1978
516F.O. Butler Foundation: Investment company1955
517F.O. Butler Foundation: Investments1972-1977
518F.O. Butler Foundation: Legal descriptions1969
519F.O. Butler Foundation: Legal documents1947-1949, 1959
520F.O. Butler Foundation: Meeting minutes, agendas1948-1977
521F.O. Butler Foundation: News releases1944, undated
522F.O. Butler Foundation: Power of Attorney1963
523F.O. Butler Foundation: Public relations1974
524F.O. Butler Foundation: Restated Articles of Incorporation1977
525F.O. Butler Foundation: Scholarship1948-1979
526F.O. Butler Foundation: Scholarship recognition day1959-1960
527F.O. Butler Foundation: Tax information1948-1967
528F.O. Butler Foundation: Trust agreement1948-1959
529F.O. Butler Foundation: Villa Theresa1956-1959
530Engineering Controversy: Articles1971-1972
531Engineering Controversy: Academic programs and roles for each institution1970
532Engineering Controversy: Alumni publications1971
533Engineering Controversy: Correspondence1969
534Engineering Controversy: Correspondence1970
535Engineering Controversy: Correspondence1971
536Engineering Controversy: Correspondence1972
61Engineering Controversy: Cost analyses1968-1972
62Engineering Controversy: Departmental action1971
63Engineering Controversy: Enrollment1960-1972
64Engineering Controversy: Graduates1961-1966
65Engineering Controversy: Legislative activity1971-1976
66Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Board of Regents special meeting1971
67Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-College of Engineering House journal1971
68Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-College of Engineering Senate journal1971
69Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Costs/enrollment1969-1971
610Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Editorials & credibility/historical1969-1971
611Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Effects on other areas/EROS/Agriculture1970-1971
612Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-General information1969-1970
613Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Industrial Development/previous studies1953-1969
614Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Legal1886-1891, undated
615Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Miscellaneous1966-1978
616Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippingsundated
617Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippings1969
618Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippings1970
619Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippings1971
620Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippings1971
621Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippings1972
622Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-News clippings1973
623Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Pearson's notes1971
624Engineering Controversy: Master Plan-Pugsley compilation of the land grant collegesundated
625Engineering Controversy: Meeting the post-secondary education needs of SD1974
626Engineering Controversy: Prospectus in bioengineering1964-1968
627Engineering Controversy: Report on Committee D of the Academic Master Plan for the State of South Dakota1970
628Engineering Controversy: Research1970
629Engineering Controversy: Scholarships and financial aid1970-1972
630Engineering Controversy: SDSU Engineering Alumnus look at his college and finds...undated
631Engineering Controversy: Student Association handoutsundated
632Engineering Controversy: TV news script1971
633Engineering Controversy: USD-Springfield curriculum1971
634Bicentennial Celebration: Budget proposal1973-1974
635Bicentennial Celebration: Calendar outreach speakers-tips1975-1977
636Bicentennial Celebration: Commemoration book1976
637Bicentennial Celebration: Committee meeting1973-1974
638Bicentennial Celebration: Committee meeting1974-1975
639Bicentennial Celebration: Committee meeting minutes1973-1976
640Bicentennial Celebration: Copies of Bicentennial proposal lists1974
641Bicentennial Celebration: Correspondence1974-1976
642Bicentennial Celebration: Correspondence1975
643Bicentennial Celebration: Daniel Boorstin1974-1975
644Bicentennial Celebration: Finances, including grant proposals1973-1975
645Bicentennial Celebration: Financial1975-1976
646Bicentennial Celebration: General correspondence1974
647Bicentennial Celebration: Logo and ideas for use and slogans1973-1974
648Bicentennial Celebration: Outreach proposal grant application1976-1977
71Bicentennial Celebration: Projects1974-1976
72Bicentennial Celebration: Projects for which funding not been requested1973-1974
73Bicentennial Celebration: Projects requiring funding1973-1974
74Bicentennial Celebration: Proposal1973
75Bicentennial Celebration: Proposal1973-1974
76Bicentennial Celebration: Proposal1973-1975
77Bicentennial Celebration: Proposalundated
78Bicentennial Celebration: Sculpture contest1974
79Bicentennial Celebration: SDSU College of Nursingundated
710Bicentennial Celebration: State Bicentennial Commission-correspondence1973-1975
711Bicentennial Celebration: Suggested events1976
81Correspondence [oversize]1979 April
82Correspondence [oversize]1979 June
83Correspondence [oversize]1979 September
84Correspondence [oversize]1979 November
85Correspondence [oversize]1979 December
86Correspondence [oversize]1980 January
87Correspondence [oversize]1980 February
88Correspondence [oversize]1980 March
89Correspondence [oversize]1980 April
810Correspondence [oversize]1981 January
811Correspondence [oversize]1981 April
812F.O. Butler Foundation: Approved requests [oversize]1977
813F.O. Butler Foundation: Articles of Incorporation [oversize]1932
814F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment [oversize]1971
815F.O. Butler Foundation: Campus enrichment [oversize]1975
816F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1948
817F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1949
818F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1952
819F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1955
820F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1959
821F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1963
822F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1964
823F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1965
824F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1966
825F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1967
826F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1968
827F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1969
828F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]1970
829F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence financial [oversize]1969
830F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence financial [oversize]1970
831F.O. Butler Foundation: Correspondence [oversize]undated
832F.O. Butler Foundation: In-house fellowship1971-1973
833F.O. Butler Foundation: Investments1972, 1976
834F.O. Butler Foundation: Legal documents1932-1969
835F.O. Butler Foundation: Tax information1959-1965
836F.O. Butler Foundation: Trust agreement1968
837F.O. Butler Foundation: Villa Theresa1956
838F.O. Butler Foundation: Territory between Buffalo Gap, SD and the Cheyenne River [map features land owned by F.O. Butler interests]1948
838Engineering Controversy: Legislative activity [oversize]undated
839Bicentennial Celebration: Correspondence [oversize]1975
840Bicentennial Celebration: Tips, Fife, and Drummer, news releases [oversize]1975