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Collection Summary


UA 6.13


Geography Department Records


South Dakota State University. Department of Geography


1973-2021, undated


0.84 linear feet [2 document cases]




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 Geography Records, UA 6.13. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


The Department of Geography cultivates an understanding of the Earth and its human and natural systems through quality educational experiences, research, and service to inspire citizens to better understand, adapt, and contribute to a changing world. The collection is composed of programs, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, booklets, and program reviews.

Historical Note

Geography was one of the first courses taught when South Dakota State University was founded in 1881. While geography classes were offered from time to time in various departments, no major development of a program occurred until 1966-67, when a bachelor's degree in geography was approved. In the fall of 1968, the Department of History and Geography was formed. By 1971, the geography program had grown substantially. Enrollment growths necessitated the addition of more faculty members. By 1973, a separate Department of Geography was established and in 1974, the offering of the Master of Science degree in Geography was approved.

The geography curriculum today teaches students to describe, relate and explain natural and cultural phenomena, which distinguish places around the world. Courses are offered in technical geography-science and environmental planning and management.

Contents Note

Composed of materials related to the Geography Department. Folders consist of programs, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, booklets and program reviews. Also included is a booklet on graduate study in geography, and a list of house types in Brookings, SD.

Key Words

  • Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence

Container List

11Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting2004
13Changing Political Landscape of the Middle East lecture by Jeffrey A. Gritzner2001
14Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence - Dedication and Ribbon Cutting2005
15Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence - Events2006
16Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence - Recognition dinner2006
17Ed Hogan Files1975-1986
18Graduate Study in Geographyundated
19House Types in Brookings, SD: A Visible History1976
110SDSU Geography Newsletter2016
111South Dakota State Geography Convention1973-2021
112Five Year Internal Review1994
113Geography Program Review External/Internal Evaluators Report2002
21Geography Graduate Program Self-Study1984
22Geography Graduate Program Self-Study1984
23SDSU Institutional Self-Study1989
24SDSU Outline for Institutional Program Reviews1990