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UA 53.32


Geoffrey and Sue Grant Papers


Grant, Geoffrey W.; Grant, Sue S.




1.96 linear feet (1 document case, 1 small document case, 1 oversize box)




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. Geoffrey and Sue Grant Papers. UA 53.32. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Geoffrey and Sue Grant were professors of rural sociology and English at South Dakota State University. This collections consists of material from their trips to China.

Biographical Note

Born July 13, 1941 in Evanston, Illinois, Geoffrey W. Grant began teaching in South Dakota State University’s Rural Sociology Department in 1977, becoming an Assistant Professor there in 1980.

In 1964, he received his B.S. in Sociology from Carroll College. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he received his M.A in Sociology in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1980.

On June 29, 1964, he married Sue S. Grant; later Sue worked for South Dakota State University. They had one child, Jeremy Grant, born November 12, 1971. In 1985, Jeremy was living in Fairfield, Iowa.

Prior to teaching at SDSU, Dr. Grant was an instructor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1968-1970), an Assistant Professor at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa (1970-1972), and an Instructor at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (1972-1975).

During his time at SDSU, Dr. Grant’s responsibilities were 100% in teaching, including these areas of interest: social organization, social change, the family, juvenile delinquency, urban sociology, and sociology of work.

He made at least three extensive trips to China. First in 1979, as a member of a delegation of scholars, researchers and writers assembled by the Eisenhower Foundation for the Prevention of Violence, he was a guest of the Chinese Ministry of Justice for five weeks, touring criminal justice facilities and meeting with Judges, lawyers, etc., in five major Chinese cities.

The second trip in 1987, again with the Eisenhower Foundation, they visited five Chinese cities and met with criminal justice professional, except in Lhasa, Tibet, where they spent five days but with no professional meetings.

In the spring of 2001, Professor Grant was the SDSU faculty exchange professor to Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, China, the “City of Eternal Spring.” He taught two classes of junior composition and one senior class in tourism for the English Department. His wife, Sue Grant, taught three classes of English in a neighboring campus of YNU. The semester lasted from February to mid-July.

In 2003, as project of the Brookings Human Rights Committee, Dr. Grant conducted and reported on the “Brookings Human Rights Committee Survey of Discrimination, 2003,” which was to serve as a baseline for measuring trends, change, etc.

Contents Note

This collection includes printouts of 2001 emails from Geoffrey and Sue Grant to friends in USA, written while they were in Kunming, China, and recounting their experiences and views of life in Kunming and at Yunnan University. It also includes a CD-ROM with “Hundreds of .jpg pictures—Kunming, Beijing and Tibet” and the draft introduction (by Ronald J. Troyer of Drake University) to what would become the book “Social Control in the People’s Republic of China” (1989), which is in Box 2, File 28. One folder includes materials relating to the US and SD Departments of Transportation and to SD LTAP (Local Transportation Assistance Program).

Also included are printed materials relating to the Eisenhower Foundation sponsored trips to China, including correspondence, briefing package, journals, reports, descriptions of specific daily visits, detailing “important local officials”, participants, as well as interpreters, etc. The majority are dated 1987, but there is one each from 1983 and 1984. The two from 1988 and later include SDSU’s “China Exchange Program” and the book, “Social Control in the People’s Republic of China” (1989) with a chapter by Dr. Grant, “The Family and Social Control: Traditional and Modern.” Finally research will find approximately 49 oversize 19x13 color photographs of daily life in China (all that had labels stated 2001 Kunming).

Key Words

Grant, Geoffrey W.

Grant, Sue S.

Container List

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Geoffrey and Sue Grant Grant Papers Container List. UA 53.32

Crime Prevention China Trip Papers14All China Women's Federation1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers15Anding Psychiatric Hospital1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers16Children's Palace1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers127China Exchange Program1988, 1990-92, 1996
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers11China Trip Book Draft1982
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers17Crime and Justice Delegation Journal1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers12Crime Prevention Delegation Roster of Delegates1983
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers18Department of Justice1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers19Economic Crime1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers21E-Mail Evidence2001
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers110Guangdong Juvenile Delinquent Reformatory1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers111Guangzhou Schedule1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers112Harbin Measuring and Cutting Tool Works1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers113Harbin Prison - New Life Value Factory1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers128History of Department of Rural Sociology - SDSU1988
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers22IntroductionUndated
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers23Kunming, Beijing, and Tibet Pictures CDUndated
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers114Meeting on Crime in the Philippines - National Police Commission1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers115Meeting with Judges and Lawyers on Economic Crime1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers116Ministry of Justice1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers117Ministry of Justice - Legal Education1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers118Ministry of Justice - Public Security1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers119Ministry of Public Security1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers120New Bilibid Prison1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers121Philippines Constabulary/Integrated National Police1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers122Professional Delegation on Crime and Justice1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers123Shanghai Law Institute1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers129Social Control in the People's Republic of China1989
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers24South Dakota Transportation Technology Transfer ServiceUndated
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers13Tibet Book Section1984, 1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers124WuSung Neighborhood1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers125Yang Pu District - People's Court Visit1987
Crime Prevention China Trip Papers126Zhabei Work Study School1987
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized338Art Gallery2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized319Bacon and Sausage for Sale2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized346Balloon Seller at Kunming Zoo2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized316Best Friends2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized34Bicycle Repairman Catches a Nap2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized349Bicycling to the Vegetable Market2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized329Breaktime2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized328Buying Bananas2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized331Corner News Stand2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized36Dong Fong Lu Market2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized332Enjoying a Smoke2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized333Enjoying Lunch2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized327Family Outing2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized347Family Portrait in Early February2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized337Friend with Green Slippers2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized38Full Service Bicycle Shop2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized31Gate to Green Lake Park2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized322Golden Lilies: A Women with Bound Feet2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized325Guarding a University Doorway2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized344Just Waiting2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized312Keeping the Catch Alive2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized343Kindergarten Dining2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized311Kunming Street Musician2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized315Letting Birds Talk at Bird Park2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized35Load of Computer Monitors Being Delivered2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized39Mah Jong Game Draws Onlookers2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized317Mah Jong in Green Lake Park2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized318Making Dumplings2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized32Making Pizza2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized345Scaling Fish2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized310Seagulls Wintering in Green Lake Park2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized336Selling Fruit2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized334Selling Vegetables2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized37Selling Vegetables and Watermelons2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized342So Many Kinds of Rice2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized348Street Market2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized340Student Laundromat2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized33Taking Home the Groceries2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized314To Work in Kunming2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized320Tomatoes and Cabbage2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized335Typical Classroom2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized313Unnamed2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized321Unnamed2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized323Unnamed2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized330Unnamed2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized341Unnamed2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized324View from a Classroom Window2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized339Watching the Street2001
Grant China Trip Pictures - Oversized326Zhou Comes Visiting2001

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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.

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