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UA 8.0


Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Dean's Office Records


Office of the Dean, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, South Dakota State University




1.84 linear feet (1 records center box, 2 document cases) photographs




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. Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Dean's Office Records. UA 8.0. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


The mission of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering is to provide a rigorous, practical education oriented toward problem solving; to conduct world-class regionally relevant research; and to provide technical assistance to existing and emerging business, industry, and government.

This collection is composed of materials related to Engineering and Science Research, biographical information on prominent persons related to the college, material dealing with the engineering controversy of the early 1970s, the Impulse magazine, and history of the college.

Historical Note

The first catalog of South Dakota State University contains plans for an engineering course of study. A full course was outlined for interested students, and in 1891, the two members of the graduating class were engineering students. Courses were taught in civil and mechanical engineering, and the electrical engineering course was taught through the Department of Physics, known for a short while as the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. By 1900, enrollment in the engineering course had grown to such an extent that separate departments for civil, mechanical and electrical engineering were established.

In 1924, all departments of South Dakota State University were arranged into five units known as divisions, precursors of the modern colleges. The Engineering Division offered coursework in electrical, mechanical or civil engineering leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Physics and mathematics were in the general science division, and the Agriculture Division administered agricultural engineering. All later moved to the Engineering Division and are today part of the College of Engineering.

Decreasing enrollment in engineering courses at the university, combined with ongoing financial problems, led the South Dakota Board of Regents to make an unpopular recommendation in 1976. Known around campus as the Engineering Controversy, the proposal recommended that only one engineering school, to be housed at the School of Mines in Rapid City, was needed in South Dakota. The plans for carrying out the proposal went far, but the proposal was never carried out. Nevertheless, it caused a major stir both in and out of Brookings, and resulted in a renewed interest in the College of Engineering.

In 1986, the College of Engineering established a new program to serve South Dakota. The Engineering and Environmental Research Center was established to serve the university, citizens and industry of South Dakota through a variety of programs. Among the programs established was the Engineering Extension Service, which formalized the extension work of the college. Also included are the Office of Remote Sensing, the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program, the University/Industry Technology Service and the Manufacturing Extension partnership.

Jerome J. Lohr came to South Dakota State University in the fall of 1955 to pursue a degree in civil engineering. The College of Engineering has produced entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in the profession throughout its 132-year existence. Yet Jerry Lohr has no peer in terms of his overall and lasting impact of the College - as a donor, fundraiser and advocate.

SDSU decided to honor Lohr's profound role in transforming the college by recommending that it be named the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. SDSU's recommendation was ratified by a committee of the South Dakota Board of Regents, and then accepted by the full Board on June 20, 2013.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of materials that pertain to the college. Folders contain booklets, programs, brochures, correspondence, minutes, periodicals, reports, posters, and photographs.

A large portion of the material deals with Engineering and Science Research at South Dakota State University. This material consists of summary sheets, reports and correspondence and is arranged by researcher name. This material covers research for engineering, chemistry, pharmacy, and agronomy.

Also included is biographical information on prominent persons related to the College of Engineering, including, Harold M. Crothers, Harry Solberg, Halvor Solberg, and Guy Lee Boyden.

A file on the engineering controversy of the early 1970s dealing with the possible transfer of the College of Engineering from South Dakota State University to another institution in the state. This material consists mainly of clippings, but also included is correspondence and notes.

Other items of note include several files of brochures on the various programs offered by the college, the Impulse magazine, a periodical published by the college featuring events and happenings in the college, and file dealing with the history of the College of Engineering at South Dakota State University.

Key Words

American Society of Engineering Education

South Dakota State University -- Buildings

South Dakota State University -- Engineering controversy

South Dakota State University. College of Engineering.

South Dakota State University. Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

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Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Deans Office Records Container List. UA 8.0

1170 Years of Engineering, 1884-1954 (booklet)1954
12American Society for Engineering Education-Mechanics Division (committee list, by-laws, papers for publication)1956-1957 circa
13An Evening for Harold and Helena (Crothers) (retirement pamphlet with biography)1955
14Annual catalog: Division of Engineering1962
15Boyden, Guy Lee (biographical)1954
16Briggs Scholarship Interview Weekend (program)2004
17Building a Career in Engineering (brochure)undated
18Clippings1960, 1970-1971, 1992-1993
19Code of Ethics for Engineers1987
110College Training for Engineers (brochure)undated
111Comparative Ranking by H. M. Crothers (article)undated
112Computer Center Development History (correspondence, agendas, minutes)1971-1975
113Construction Management (brochure)2004, 2007 circa
114Correspondence1963, 1969, 1971
115Coughlin, Charles Lyons (biographical)1955
116Distinguished Engineer Award Banquet (programs)1977, 1993, 2005-2008
117Electric Meter Short Course (certificate)undated
118Electronics Engineering Technology (brochure)1990, 2007 circa
120Engineering and Science Research: Andersen, John R. (engineering)1956
121Engineering and Science Research: Bailey, Harold S. (pharmacy)1956
122Engineering and Science Research: Bergstresser, Neil (engineering)1956
123Engineering and Science Research: Blackwell, Willis P. (pharmacy)1956
124Engineering and Science Research: Brandwein, Bernard J. (chemistry)1957
125Engineering and Science Research: Burnett, C.R. and Froslie, H.M. (physics)1955
126Engineering and Science Research: Campbell, Donald E. (chemistry)1954
127Engineering and Science Research: Cheadle, J.N. (engineering)1956
128Engineering and Science Research: Correspondence1956
129Engineering and Science Research: Crothers, Harold M. (engineering)1956
130Engineering and Science Research: Devor, Arthur W. (chemistry)1956
131Engineering and Science Research: Duffey, George H. (chemistry)1953-1955
132Engineering and Science Research: Essler, Warren (engineering)1956-1957
133Engineering and Science Research: Fead, J.W.N. (engineering)1956
134Engineering and Science Research: Funds1956
135Engineering and Science Research: Government contracts1956
136Engineering and Science Research: Greb, Raymond, J. (agronomy)1955-1956
137Engineering and Science Research: Gross, Guilord C. and Patt, Walter H. (pharmacy)1952-1954
138Engineering and Science Research: Johnson, Emory E. (engineering)1956
139Engineering and Science Research: Klug, Harlan L. (chemistry)1955-1956
140Engineering and Science Research: Lange, Winthrop (pharmacy)1955-1956
141Engineering and Science Research: Lindley, Kenneth E. (engineering)1956
142Engineering and Science Research: Miller, Bruce L. (engineering)1956
143Engineering and Science Research: Redman, Kenneth (pharmacognosy)1956
144Engineering and Science Research: Suggested Areas of Research for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration1956
145Engineering and Science Research: Tanaka, John (chemistry)1957
146Engineering and Science Research: Webster, Victor S. (chemistry)1952
147Engineering and Science Research: Williams, Perry W. (engineering)1957
148Engineering Controversy (notes, articles, clippings, correspondence)1971-1972, 1978
149Engineering Division News (newsletter)1962
150Engineering Exploration Days (slides, photographs)1991-1992
151Engineering Expo (poster)2005
152Engineering Hall Art Dedication--Artist Michael Warrick commissioned by college (program)1989
153Engineering Open House (summary, booklet)1968, 1972, 1975
155Engineering Technology and Management (brochure)2003-2004
154Engineering, Science, and Technology-College of Engineering (brochure)1999
119Engineering--at South Dakota State College (brochure)undated
156Engineer's Smoker (program)1950
157Enrollment summary1956-1958
158Entrepreneurs' Workshop (brochure)1990
159Ethnicity Matters Conference (pamphlet)2002
160Fact sheetsundated
162Impact '87: Trade Fair (pamphlet, program)1987
163Impulse (magazine)1984
164Impulse (magazine)1985
165Impulse (magazine)1986
166Impulse (magazine)1987
167Impulse (magazine)1988
168Impulse (magazine)1989
169Impulse (magazine)1990
170Impulse (magazine)1991
171Impulse (magazine)1992
172Impulse (magazine)1993
173Impulse (magazine)1994
174Impulse (magazine)1995
175Impulse (magazine)1996
176Impulse (magazine)1997
177Impulse (magazine)1998
178Impulse (magazine)1999
21Impulse (magazine)2000
22Impulse (magazine)2001
23Impulse (magazine)2002
24Impulse (magazine)2003
25Impulse (magazine)2004
26Impulse (magazine)2005
27Impulse (magazine)2006
28Impulse (magazine)2007
29Impulse (magazine)2008
31Industrial Management (brochure)1990 circa, 2007
32Joint Meeting SDSU-SDSM&T Engineering Faculty (program)1990
33Making Connections: A seminar on ethics in a technological society (program, schedule)1989
34Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company (work study program)1951, 1955-1957
35Northern States Power Company (correspondence on weather engineering)1958
36Objectives of the Engineering Division (report)undated
38Order of the Engineer (programs)1984, 1988, 1991, 1997-1999
37Order of the Engineer-Charge to the Engineering Participants, by Paul L. Koepsell1994
39Research and Outreach Report1991-1992
310Robin Hood Junior Honorary Society (correspondence, constitution and by-laws)1950, 1957
311Rube Goldberg contest (clippings)undated
312Safety Management (brochure)2007 circa
313Salaries and statistics (correspondence, statistics)1956-1957
314SDSU Product Development Center (brochure)undated
316SDSU-Flandreau Indian School Success Academy (correspondence, overview, programs, posters)2003-2007
317Selective Service (correspondence, brochure)1967-1968
318Senior Design Conference (booklet, schedule)2006
319Sigma Tau, Honorary Engineering Fraternity, Delta Chapter (journal/newsletter, membership certificate)1962
321Solberg, Halvor C. (clippings)2003
320Solberg, Harry Leland (biographical)1955
322Special Committee on Rules for Departmental Administration in the College of Engineering (report)1956
323Student Opportunities and the Master Plan (report)undated
324Summer School for Teachers of Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State College (photograph)1950
325Sustainable Design Workshop (poster)2007
315The SDSU Engineer (newsletter)1972-1975
326Welders' Institute (programs)1952-1957

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, 1999 March 3, additions made 2008 August 19.