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Researcher Services

Researcher Services

You are encouraged to consult with staff members about your research needs and procedural questions. We provide a range of research service to on-site and remote researchers. For information about the collection or to make an appointment please contact us.

Staff will help identify sources of information relevant to your interests but cannot undertake extensive research projects. In most cases, off-site research requests can only be answered if they are sufficiently specific, e.g., an individual book, a particular document, or the contents of a particular folder. When research is required to identify relevant material it will be conducted as staff time permits.

Duplication Services

The Archives offers a variety of duplicating services to its patrons and researchers. These range from photocopies of documents to digital scans of prints to copies of audio and film holdings. Please note that uses of duplicated materials from collections are subject to copyright restrictions, and are attended by certain costs and policies


A self-service copying machine is available in the Reading Room. Also if you are unable to visit the Archives, it is possible for staff to copy requested items. Charges associated with photocopying are detailed in our Reproduction Charges Schedule.

Digital Reproductions

Many items from our collections have already been digitized and are available on the Digital Library of South Dakota. If you would like a digital reproduction of material you find on this site, please submit a request, noting either a description of the item, or providing a hyperlink to the item(s) in question.

You may also request reproduction of material you have found at the Archives, but is not present in out Digital Collections.

Charges for digital reproductions are described in our Reproduction Charges Schedule.

Many Audio and Visual formats in the collections can also be duplicated. Copies of audiovisual material may have to be obtained through off-campus resources; rates for these services would be determined by that resource.

Digital Camera Policy

The Archives  permits use of personal digital cameras in the Reading Room (but no scanners, tripods, or flash photography are permitted). See the staff in the reading room for more details.

Research Orientation

The Archives and Special Collection staff is pleased to work with instructors to have their classes use primary research materials in their course work. Orientation sessions introduce students to the Archives and Special Collections procedures and give and overview of our resources.

Orientation sessions provide general introductory information and a survey of our holdings including a discussion of major collections. Registration, proper handling of materials, duplication fees, and feasible time lines are highlighted. Basic search strategies and tools, and useful tips to help students find materials and make the most of our rich resources are also included.

Requesting a session

Classes can be held on-site in the University Archives and Daschle Research Study suite. Contact Michele Christian at 605-688-4906 to schedule a class session. Please provide your contact information, the proposed date and time of your visit, number of students, and background about your class.
Reading Room

The Archives and Special Collections Reading Room is on the second floor of the Hilton M. Briggs Library (Room 241). The Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study is located here as well.

Researchers should first visit with staff to discuss research topics and strategies and to request collection materials.

Please note that retrieval of some materials not stored in readily accessible areas may take 24-48 hours. Appointments are recommended to ensure that staff can have all relevant materials available. Due to limited staffing, we are unable to identify, locate, and retrieve all requested materials on a walk-in basis. Please contact the archives prior to visiting and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.


Need an official transcript or certification letter?

Transcripts can be requested through Records and Registration at 605-688-6195.

University Archives does not have individual student records or transcripts.

Course Catalogs

All SDSU course catalogs and bulletins are available in the Archives reading room.

You can also access them through Open PRAIRIE:

Undergraduate and Graduate Course Catalogs : 1982-Present

Course Catalogs and Bulletins : 1886-1926

Contact University Archives if you have questions or would like to schedule a research visit.

Family History

Directories (Student/Staff) - These annual volumes include campus address, major course of study, and home town for registered students (undergraduate, graduate, professional), and campus address and job title for faculty, administrators, and staff. Directories cover 1921 to 2008 for the campus. [Archives: 379.783 So83.23]

Commencement Programs - University-wide commencement ceremony programs include alphabetical lists of graduates, organized by college, receiving associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees from 1886 to current. [Archives:  S537.S6 S64]

Campus History - Collection encompasses published and unpublished histories of the South Dakota State University and its departments, colleges, and programs.

Alumni Association Publications - Published from 1910 to 1997, the "Alumnus" magazine featured and news briefs about alumni accomplishments, faculty research, campus issues, and Alumni Association events. The Alumni Association continues these traditions by publishing "State" magazine beginning in 1997. [Archives:  378.783 So8.03 / 378.783 So 8.032]

Jackrabbit Yearbooks - from 1907 to 2001 include senior class photos and profiles, other class photos and profiles, athletics, organizations and activities (homecoming, literary societies, academic and other fraternities and sororities, performing arts, etc.), faculty, administrators, senior class index, general index, and table of contents. [Archives: S537.S6 A52]

Athletics media guides and programs provide athlete profiles, team histories, and season highlights for various University intercollegiate men's and women's sports teams