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MA 105


Dona Brown Papers


Dona Brown, April Brooks, Ruth Ann Alexander




0.42 linear feet (1 document case)




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections
Hilton M. Briggs Library (SBL) Room 241, Box 2115
1300 North Campus Drive
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: 605-688-5094

Access Note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. This material does not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item, MA 105, box #, folder #, Dona Brown Papers, South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Dona Brown is an alumnus of South Dakota State University who served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1957 to 1969. The collection is material collected by Dr. April Brooks and Dr. Ruth Ann Alexander and includes research about Brown material created by Brown on South Dakota poets and writers.

Biographical Note

Dona Brown was born on May 25, 1909 in Brooking, South Dakota. She graduated from Huron High School in 1927. She went on to attend South Dakota State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1931 and a Master’s in Education in 1937. She served 43 years as a teacher and counselor in Woonsocket and Huron, South Dakota.

Brown served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1957 to 1969. She has served as chairman of the board of trustees at Huron College, and has been a member of the SDSU Benefactors Club and the South Dakota Centennial Commission, She has also served on the board of directors of the South Dakota Personnel and Guidance Association, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and First Federal Savings and Loan in Huron, South Dakota. Her associations also include the American Association of University Women, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and the South Dakota Education Association.

Brown was inducted into the South Dakota Cowboy and Heritage Hall of Fame in 1980. South Dakota State University awarded her with an honorary doctorate and a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1970.

Dona Brown died May 25, 1996.

Contents Note

This collection consists of material donated to the Archives by Dr. April Brooks and Dr. Ruth Ann Alexander, professors at South Dakota State University in 2004.

The material donated by Dr. Brooks consists of research gathered for a humanities grant. Included are articles, obituaries, and correspondence.

The material donated by Dr. Alexander are composed of records created by Dona Brown for a South Dakota poets and writers project. Included is correspondence, biographies, and questionnaires.


A critical analysis of the content of the course of study in commercial law for high schools appraised by three criteria of value with specific recommendations for South Dakota, Thesis (M.S.) Education Department, South Dakota State University, 1937
Archives: LB2385.B812

Guidance service handbook for South Dakota high schools, Bulletin 65 (South Dakota. Department of Public Instruction), circa 1954
Archives: LB1561.S8 G841 1954

Guidance service handbook for South Dakota schools, Bulletin 65A (South Dakota. Department of Public Instruction), 1959
Archives: LB1561.S8 G841 1959

Subject Headings

  • Brown, Dona

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 Notice

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.

Download Container List

Container List: Dona Brown Papers. MA 105.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
1 1 Correspondence 1955-1966
1 2 Group Membership Address Index undated
1 3 Humanities Grant (articles, obituary) 1989-1996
1 4 Humanities Grant (Huron College) 1982-1989
1 5 Humanities Grant (Correspondence) 1940-1995
1 6 Poets and Writers of South Dakota Project Notes 1956