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MA 94


The Vigil in South Dakota Records


The Vigil in South Dakota




0.42 linear feet (Document Box)




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections
Hilton M. Briggs Library (SBL) Room 241, Box 2115
1300 North Campus Drive
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: 605-688-5094

Access Note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions.
This material does not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item, MA 94, box #, folder #, The Vigil in South Dakota,
South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections,
Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


The Vigil in South Dakota was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1992 by Mary Perpich and Norman Gambill. The collection mainly includes the organization’s involvement with the issue of censorship of “The Portrait of a Marriage” by Educational Telecommunication and responses to the debate over censorship in South Dakota.

Historical Note

The Vigil in South Dakota was a nonprofit organization founded by Mary Perpich and Norman Gambill in 1992. The organization focused on First Amendment advocacy in South Dakota. They took special interest in the controversial debate over the censorship of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s program “The Portrait of a Marriage.” They brought attention to other issues related to First Amendment rights like an offensive painting in the South Dakota Governor’s office. The organization dissolved in 2005.

Contents Note

This collection includes the organization’s mission and goals statements and views on censorship. Information about Educational Telecommunication including mission, goals, policies, and board minutes. Correspondence, newspaper articles, and other organizations responses to potential censorship issues in South Dakota especially within Public Broadcasting.

Subject Headings

  • Perpich, Mary
  • Pressure groups
  • Freedom of speech

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections.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 Notice

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: The Vigil of South Dakota MA 94

11Correspondence about 'Portrait of a Marriage' Censorship1992 - 1994
12Educational Telecommunications: Mission and Goals, Strategic Plan, Board Meeting (August)1992
13Newspaper Articles about Censorship and controversial topic in South Dakota Public Broadcasting1992 - 1994
14Mission and Goals, Handbook1992
15Vigil's Views and Information1992
16Responses and Articles on Censorship of South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the Arts1992 - 2001
17Only by Recognizing Our Mistakes Can We Learn1994
18People for the American Way, Friends of Public Broadcasting, Arts Dialogue, Sioux Empire Gay/Lesbian Coalition1994
19Nonprofit Report, Articles of Incorporation and Dissolution1994 - 2005