Vivian V. Volstorff Papers
Vivian V. (Vivian Virginia) Volstorff
4.88 linear feet (5 boxes) photographs, sound recordings
South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.
Name of item . Vivian V. Volstorff Papers. UA 53.12. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M .Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
Vivian Volstorff was Dean of Women, Director of Student Activities and professor of history. This collection consists of material from Volstorff’s time as Dean of Women, records from her work with campus organizations, planning documents, and personal information and correspondence. Also included are Volstorff’s many speeches and writings, including research and drafts for her book, Winds of Change.
Dr. Vivian Virginia Volstorff, Dean of Women, Director of Student Activities, and professor of history, joined the South Dakota State University [SDSU] faculty in 1932. She was graduated from Elgin, Illinois high school and received an associate degree from Elgin Junior College before attending Northwestern University where she received three degrees—Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy.
Vivian V. Volstorff is responsible for establishing several organizations for women at South Dakota State University; including Mortar Board and two national social sororities. She was the originator of Women's Day at the university, a day when women were honored and scholarships awarded. The event became a tradition soon after she established it in 1934, and was continued until 1970.
Volstorff held membership in several organizations, including the American Historical Association, National Association of Deans of Women and Counselors, Phi Kappa Phi, and an honorary membership in Mortar Board. She was also a very active member in the Brookings Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW). She thought AAUW was so important that she worked to get the university accredited in order the make the Brookings Branch official.
Dean Volstorff was well known throughout South Dakota as a speaker in the field of international affairs and contemporary university students.
Vivian V. Volstorff has been mentioned in Who's Who, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American College and University Administration, Leaders in Education, Dictionary of International Biography, and Directory of American Scholars.
This collection is arranged into seven series:
Series 1. Dean of Women records
Series 2. Personal papers
Series 4. Writings
Series 5. Speeches
Series 6. Collected material
Series 7. SDSU research
This collection is composed of material from Volstorff's personal and professional life. Folders includes personal records retained during her tenure as Dean of Women, records from her work with campus organizations, planning documents, and personal information and correspondence. Also included are Volstorff's many speeches and writings, including research and drafts for her book, Winds of Change.
Series 1. Dean of Women records.
The Dean of Women records is composed of material collected by Vivian V. Volstorff during her career as Dean of Women at South Dakota State University. The bulk of the material consists of minutes and notes from committee meetings, which dealt mainly with women's housing and dormitories. Also included is an annual report from the late 1960's, drafts of the publication Collegiate Wise (a guide for women students), lists of responsibilities of the Dean of Women (with a brief mention of the Dean of Men), and material dealing with student organizations.
Series 2. Personal papers.
The personal papers are composed of items collected by Volstorff. Included are articles, biographical information, family information, correspondence, and photographs. Also included are audio tapes of an interview of Volstorff in 1998.
The organizations series is composed of material from many organizations in which Volstorff was involved. Included is material for honor societies, fraternities and sororities, and women's organizations.
Series 4. Writings.
The writings series is composed of writings by Volstorff. Included are her theses and dissertation. Also included are drafts of some chapters of her book, Winds of Change.
Series 5. Speeches.
The speeches series is composed of speeches written and presented by Volstorff during and after her career at South Dakota State University. Also included is information collected by Volstorff for use in her speeches.
Series 6. Collected material.
The collected material is composed of materials collected by Volstorff, including newspaper clippings, magazine and journal articles, and several publications.
Series 7. SDSU research.
The SDSU research is composed of materials collected by Volstorff which pertain to South Dakota State University. Included are several published histories of the SDSU, as well as numerous articles on programs, people, and events.
American Association of University Women, Brookings Branch
South Dakota State University -- Dean of Women
South Dakota State University -- Faculty Women's Club
South Dakota State University – History
Volstorff, V. V. (Vivian Virginia), 1912-2002
|1. Dean of Women records||1||1||Annual report||1968-1969|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||2||Collegiate Wise (publication)||1963-1966|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||3||Coordinating staff meetings||1974-1976|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||4||Housing||1921-1969|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||5||Housing committee meetings||1958-1970|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||6||Responsibilities||1957-1973|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||7||Stationary||undated|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||8||Student assistants||1964-1965|
|1. Dean of Women records||1||9||Student organizations||1932-1967|
|2. Personal papers||1||10||Articles on Vivian||1950-1992, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||11||Biographical information||1953-1973|
|2. Personal papers||1||12||Birthday cards and letters||1999-2002, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||13||Christmas messages||1905, 193-1987, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||14||Elgin, IL High School Class of 1924 50th reunion||1974|
|2. Personal papers||1||15||Employment correspondence||1932|
|2. Personal papers||1||16||Foreign currency||undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||17||Funeral arrangements||1998|
|2. Personal papers||1||18||Funeral folders (others)||1992-2001|
|2. Personal papers||1||19||Holiday cards and letters I||1991, 1999-2001 undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||20||Holiday cards and letters II||1976, 1990-2001, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||21||Identification cards||1983-1991, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||22||Interview audio tapes||1998|
|2. Personal papers||1||23||Letters from alumni||1981-1983|
|2. Personal papers||1||24||Miscellaneous correspondence I||1998-2001, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||25||Miscellaneous correspondence II||1983-2002, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||26||Miscellaneous correspondence III||1957-2002|
|2. Personal papers||1||27||Personal items||1938, 1941, 1949, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||28||Personal notes||1959, 1965, 1997, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||29||Photographs||1956-2000, undated|
|2. Personal papers||1||30||Receipts, expenses, manuals||1947-1996, undated|
|2. Personal papers||2||1||Recognition, honors and awards||1961-1998|
|2. Personal papers||2||2||Retirement home and church information||1981-2002, undated|
|2. Personal papers||2||3||Vivian's Resume||1983-1994, undated|
|2. Personal papers||2||4||Volstorff family||1948, undated|
|3. Organizations||2||5||Alpha Lambda Delta||1965-1966, 1981, 1992|
|3. Organizations||2||6||American Association of University Women||1958-1984, 1992-1994|
|3. Organizations||2||7||Association of Brookings Women Christmas Devotions||1985|
|3. Organizations||2||8||Campus organization||1979-1983, undated|
|3. Organizations||2||9||Delta Zeta||undated|
|3. Organizations||2||10||Fraternities and sororities||1970-1992, undated|
|3. Organizations||2||12||Honor societies||1957|
|3. Organizations||2||13||Mortar Board - Sigma Lambda Sigma Chapter||1939, 1970-1976|
|3. Organizations||2||14||National Association for Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors||1974|
|3. Organizations||2||15||Phi Kappa Phi||1978, undated|
|3. Organizations||2||16||SDSU Faculty Women's Club||1970, 1992|
|3. Organizations||2||17||University Dames||1968-1974|
|3. Organizations||2||18||Women's Club||1975-983, 1999-2000|
|4. Writings||2||19||Dissertation [Final copy] - William Charles Cole Claiborne||1932|
|4. Writings||2||20||Dissertation [Manuscript] - William Charles Cole Claiborne||1932|
|4. Writings||2||21||Energy Crisis in 1936||undated|
|4. Writings||2||22||Miscellaneous research and writings||undated|
|4. Writings||2||23||Miscellaneous stories||undated|
|4. Writings||2||24||Our Grave New World||1957-1958|
|4. Writings||2||25||Problem of the Jews||undated|
|4. Writings||2||26||Thesis - General James Wilkinson||1929|
|4. Writings||2||27||Thesis - The Letters of Pliny the Younger||1930|
|4. Writings||2||28||Wilkinson in New Orleans (1806-07)||1941|
|4. Writings||2||29||Winds of Change book||2000|
|4. Writings||2||30||Winds of Change chapter drafts||undated|
|5. Speeches||2||34||Alumni talk||1965-1966, undated|
|5. Speeches||2||35||American Foreign Policy||1970, undated|
|5. Speeches||2||36||Campus Unrest and the Sorority Woman||1969|
|5. Speeches||2||37||Chi Omega speeches||undated|
|5. Speeches||2||38||Class of 1934 reunion speech||undated|
|5. Speeches||2||39||Coed Spirit||undated|
|5. Speeches||3||13||Days That Are No More||1981|
|5. Speeches||2||33||Design for Living - 1945 Style||1945|
|5. Speeches||2||31||Five Basic Conclusions||undated|
|5. Speeches||2||40||Freedom From Fear||1953-1954, undated|
|5. Speeches||3||1||Freshman talks||1943, 1964-1968, undated|
|5. Speeches||3||2||From Memory Lane to Horizons Unlimited||1972|
|5. Speeches||3||3||Good is the Enemy of the Best||1970, undated|
|5. Speeches||3||4||Guidon speech||undated|
|5. Speeches||3||5||High School seniors speech||1956|
|5. Speeches||3||6||Higher Education for Women||1956|
|5. Speeches||3||7||Inner Space||1970, 1975, undated|
|5. Speeches||3||9||Moral Traffic Lights||1978|
|5. Speeches||3||8||Notes and Used materials||undated|
|5. Speeches||3||10||Only Good Times||1979|
|5. Speeches||3||11||Portrait of a Lady||1957, 1964, undated|
|5. Speeches||3||12||Revolution Among Youth||1966|
|5. Speeches||3||14||Soviet Sequel to the Geneva Story||1956|
|5. Speeches||3||15||This is Our Time to Live||1961|
|5. Speeches||2||32||Three Thousand Hours with Boards of Control||1973|
|5. Speeches||3||16||Walk Without Fear||1954|
|5. Speeches||3||17||We Choose the Future||undated|
|5. Speeches||3||18||What is a Professional Woman?||1960|
|5. Speeches||3||19||When Your Son or Daughter Comes to College||undated|
|5. Speeches||3||20||Your Pandora's Box||1958|
|5. Speeches||3||21||Your Personal Portrait||1950-1957, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||22||And Then There Were These||1958|
|6. Collected material||3||23||Crime and violence||1978-1992, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||24||Decades||1978-1995, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||25||Education||1972-1993, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||26||Emmerichs'||1981-1982, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||27||Galaudet University||1988|
|6. Collected material||3||28||Manners and morals||1929, 1978, 1981, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||29||Material for conclusion of Winds of Change||1977, 1991, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||30||Miscellaneous clippings and collected materials||1932-2001, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||31||Miscellaneous publications||1977, 1993, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||32||Moriarty family||1979, 1982, 1988|
|6. Collected material||3||33||On being American||1960, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||34||Revolution of youth||1940-1992, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||35||Russia and Society Union||1953-1982, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||36||South Dakota History||1980|
|6. Collected material||3||37||Wars||1971-1995, undated|
|6. Collected material||3||38||World Community Day||undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||42||Alumni Association publications||1984, 1998, 2000|
|7. SDSU research||3||43||Arts and culture||1970-1998, undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||44||Buildings||1973-1998, undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||45||Campus directories||1935-1937, 1943-1945|
|7. SDSU research||3||46||College of Arts and Science||1982-1984|
|7. SDSU research||3||47||Coughlin Campanile||1975-1992, undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||48||Crangle arrest||1989, 1992, undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||49||Cultural calendar||1983|
|7. SDSU research||3||50||Ernest Buckley||1987, 1989, undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||51||Glimpses of South Dakota State College||1957|
|7. SDSU research||3||52||H.M. Briggs Library||undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||39||History of South Dakota State College: 1881-1931||1931|
|7. SDSU research||3||40||History of South Dakota State College: 1884-1959||1959|
|7. SDSU research||3||41||History of South Dakota State College: 1884-1975||1975|
|7. SDSU research||3||53||Hobo Day riot||1990-1991|
|7. SDSU research||3||54||Hubert Humphrey's commencement address||1967|
|7. SDSU research||4||16||Industrial Collegian||1904|
|7. SDSU research||3||55||International programs||1980-1983, undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||56||Marghab Linens||undated|
|7. SDSU research||3||57||McCrory Gardens||1989, 1992|
|7. SDSU research||3||58||Miscellaneous research||1975-1992, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||1||President Berg||1943, 1975-1994, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||2||President Briggs||1972-1995, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||3||President Brown||undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||4||President Crothers||1980, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||5||President Headley||1956-1957, 1989, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||6||President Hoops and regents controversy||1984-1987, 1992, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||7||President Jackson||1941, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||8||President Leinbach.||1978-1988, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||9||President Pugsley||undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||10||President Wagner||1986-1994, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||11||Presidents and first families||1975-1984, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||12||Resolution 21||1978-1979|
|7. SDSU research||4||13||ROTC||1987-1991, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||15||SDSU Foundation publications||1998, 2000|
|7. SDSU research||5||1||SDSU Student Guide||1973|
|7. SDSU research||4||14||Seventeen Years" A Report form South Dakota State University||undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||17||Theodore Schultz||1981|
|7. SDSU research||4||18||Traditions||1974-1998, undated|
|7. SDSU research||4||19||Women||1960-1967, 1988, undated|
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Crystal J. Gamradt, Archivist, 1999 July 7.
Additions made by Ashley Van Maanen, 2009 January 29.