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Collection Summary

Identifier

UA 6.2

Title

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English Records

Creator

Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, South Dakota State University

Dates

1974-2013

Extent

0.42 linear feet (1 document case) photographs

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 of English Records. UA 6.2. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Abstract

The English Department offers a comprehensive curriculum in English and American literature, including broad survey courses, courses that focus on specific literary periods or genres, courses that focus on creative or professional writing and communication. The collection is composed of departmental records generated by the English Department such as newsletters, pamphlets, and promotional material for events and conferences and the Pioneer Women Papers.

Historical Note

From the opening of the College, English has been an established course of study. In the early years, there were three courses in English listed: Course I, agriculture; Course II, the general college course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science; and Course III, civil engineering. In each of these courses, the emphasis was on grammar, composition, speech, rhetoric, theory and practice, literature and history of English drama. Through the years, similar courses have been taught, and continue to be taught today.

According to the 1998-2000 bulletin, courses in the English Department are divided into two areas: English and linguistics. The department offers instruction in clear thinking and expression, in the history and use of language, in literature, in literary criticism; and in technical communications. An English major prepares students for teaching careers; for writing and editorial work; for professional schools of law, business, theology, library science, and social work; and for any endeavor in which facility in the use of language is essential.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:

Series 1. Pioneer Women papers

Series 2. Departmental records

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of departmental records generated by the English Department such as newsletters, pamphlets, and promotional material for events and conferences. Also included are the Pioneer Women Papers which consist of original investigations of women writers in the region completed by students for the course "Women Writers of the Great Plains," taught during 1978-1979 school year.

Series 1. Pioneer Women papers.

The papers were completed as original investigations of women writers in the region for the course: "Women Writers of the Great Plains," taught in 1978-1979 under a special grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the Modern Language Association for a project: "Teaching Women's Literature from a Regional Perspective." The course was taught by Dr. Ruth Alexander, Professor of English and supervised by Dr. Leonore Hoffman of the Modern Language Association office. The series consists of papers written by students of this course, a press release, and news clippings. The papers include notes by the instructor and a final grade. Also included in the papers are some pamphlets and photographs.

Series 2. Departmental records.

The series is composed of publications produced by the English Department. Material includes newsletters, pamphlets, and posters.

Related Resources

Oakwood, South Dakota State University
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota State University, 1975-
Call number: PS571.S9 O2

Key Words

Aldrich, Bess Streeter, 1881-1954

Bones, Marietta

Dahl, Borghild

Frontier and pioneer life -- South Dakota

Gardner, Abbie

Indian women -- North America

Kohl, Edith Eudora

Lewis, Faye C.

Ostenso, Martha, 1900-

Pioneers -- South Dakota -- History

Sorenson, Alvida

South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Department of English and Speech.

South Dakota State University. Department of English.

South Dakota State University. Great Plains Writers' Conference.

South Dakota State University. Northern Plains Conference on Earlier British Literature.

Women -- South Dakota -- History

Women novelists, American -- 20th Century -- South Dakota

Women pioneers -- South Dakota

Container List

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Department of English Records Container List. UA 6.2

SeriesBoxFolderDescriptionDate(s)
1. Pioneer Women papers16Abbie Gardner by Chesnik, Carrieundated
1. Pioneer Women papers112Alvida Sorenson by Moss, Dennisundated
1. Pioneer Women papers11Bess Streeter Aldrich by Eggebratten, Maryundated
1. Pioneer Women papers14Borghild Dahl by Hawthorne, Joanundated
1. Pioneer Women papers13Clippings1978-1979
1. Pioneer Women papers15Description of course by Ruth Alexanderundated
1. Pioneer Women papers18Edith Eudora Kohl by Saylor, Kathyundated
1. Pioneer Women papers19Faye C. Lewis by Martin, Dixieundated
1. Pioneer Women papers17Indian Women by Keltgen, Jacielundated
1. Pioneer Women papers12Marietta Bones by Gereau, Rick1978
1. Pioneer Women papers110Martha Ostenso by Bosch, Laura1979
1. Pioneer Women papers111Press release1978
1. Pioneer Women papers113Women and Dakota Dress by Larson, Joyceundated
1. Pioneer Women papers114Women and Their Pioneer Childhoods on the West River Range by Braband, Rachelundated
2. Departmental records115Creative Writing [pamphlet]2013
2. Departmental records116Department of English (newsletter)1982-1992
2. Departmental records117English at State (newsletter)1990-1999
2. Departmental records118English Dept. (newsletter)1975-1989
2. Departmental records119Great Plains Writers' Conference (promotional material)1988-2008
2. Departmental records120Jerome Norgren Poetry Contest [poster]2013
2. Departmental records121Oakwood (publication)2000, 2002-2003
2. Departmental records122Pamphlets (Department information)2004, undated
2. Departmental records123Posters (events)1999-2003, 2007
2. Departmental records124Proceedings of the 14th Northern Plains Conference on Earlier British Literature2006
2. Departmental records125Sacerdotal Function (newsletter)1974
2. Departmental records126Standing Rules for the Department of English and Speech1951

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, 1998 November 10, additions made 2013 August 26.