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University Archives is located in Room 241 in the Hilton M. Briggs Library on the Campus of the South Dakota State University.


The University Archives is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with the exception of state holidays. University Archives staff are not available during evening or weekend hours; please contact us to make an appointment if you wish to use our collections during those times.

Researchers are encouraged to call ahead to confirm the schedule or make an advance appointment to access archival material. Due to the size of some collection or because some collections are housed at off-site locations, we are unable to identify, locate, and retrieve requested materials on a walk-in basis. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

Location and Address

University Archives is located in Room 241 in the Hilton M. Briggs Library on the Campus of the South Dakota State University.


When visiting campus, please be sure to get a visitor pass from Admissions (in the Admin building), Info Exchange (just inside the west door or the Union), or the University Police Department (on the corner of Medary and Harvey Dunn). These one-day passes allow you to park in the designated visitor spaces (see campus map) or in any space not marked Reserved.

After 4 p.m., parking lots become open to everyone, so if you're coming to campus for a late afternoon/evening event, don't worry about getting a pass beforehand. Just remember: You may not leave your car parked overnight.


All reading room researchers must register once every twelve (12) months prior to being granted access to any collection. Registration includes:  

Providing a driver's license or other valid form of photo identification.
Completing a registration form. All registration forms and information are confidential and are only viewed by staff; it will be kept in his or her researcher file record.  

Registration forms will remain on file for return visits for twelve (12) months then shredded. Returning patrons within the twelve-month period will only be required to show photo identification and sign in and out of the reading room.

Disability Access & Services

The main entrance to the library is accessible by wheelchair. An elevator in the lobby provides access to the Upper Level where the University Archives & Hilton M. Briggs Library Special Collections is located. If physical difficulty in accessing or using materials is encountered, staff will provide assistance as needed.

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SDSU Archives and Special Collections
Room 241, Box: 2115
Brookings, SD 57007
phone: 605-688-5094