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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

0.84 linear feet [1 document case, 1 document case, long]

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.

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

The pioneer women files 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.

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

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.

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Container List

BoxFolderDescriptionDate(s)
11Pioneer Women : Bess Streeter Aldrich by Eggebratten, Maryundated
12Pioneer Women : Marietta Bones by Gereau, Rick1978
13Pioneer Women : Clippings1978-1979
14Pioneer Women : Borghild Dahl by Hawthorne, Joanundated
15Pioneer Women : Description of course by Ruth Alexanderundated
16Pioneer Women : Abbie Gardner by Chesnik, Carrieundated
17Pioneer Women : Indian Women by Keltgen, Jacielundated
18Pioneer Women : Edith Eudora Kohl by Saylor, Kathyundated
19Pioneer Women : Faye C. Lewis by Martin, Dixieundated
110Pioneer Women : Martha Ostenso by Bosch, Laura1979
111Pioneer Women : Press release1978
112Pioneer Women : Alvida Sorenson by Moss, Dennisundated
113Pioneer Women : Women and Dakota Dress by Larson, Joyceundated
114Pioneer Women : Women and Their Pioneer Childhoods on the West River Range by Braband, Rachelundated
115Creative Writing [pamphlet]2013
116Department of English (newsletter)1982-1992
117English at State (newsletter)1990-1999
118English Dept. (newsletter)1975-1989
119Great Plains Writers' Conference (promotional material)1988-2008
120Jerome Norgren Poetry Contest [poster]2013
121Oakwood (publication)2000, 2002-2003
122Pamphlets (Department information)2004, undated
123Posters (events)1999-2003, 2007
124Proceedings of the 14th Northern Plains Conference on Earlier British Literature2006
125Sacerdotal Function (newsletter)1974
126Standing Rules for the Department of English and Speech1951
127Great Plains Writers' Conference2015
128Photographs 0001-0003 [3 black and white photos]undated
21Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Panel Discussion1990 April 2-3
22Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Wounded Knee; 1890-1990 - The Survivors Story1990 April 2-3
23Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Word of Wounded Knee1990 April 3
24Eighteenth Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn1993 March 29-30
25Eighteenth Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn1993 March 29-30
26Eighteenth Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Laure Tohe1993 March 29-30
27Eighteenth Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Laure Tohe1990 April 2-3
28Eighteenth Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Diane Glancy [2 copies]1990 April 2-3
29Eighteenth Annual Great Plains Writers' Conference: Diane Glancy1990 April 3