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William H. Powers Papers

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UA 53.9


William H. Powers Papers


W.H. (William Howard) Powers




0.21 linear feet (1 small document case)




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 . William H. Powers Papers. UA 53.9. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M .Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


William H. Powers was library at SDSC from 1905-1931. This collection consists mainly of notes and research for history of South Dakota State University. Also includes correspondence and notes related to the Brookings Public Library, Ethical Culture Club and the World Disarmament Committee.

Biographical Note

William H. Powers was born in northwest Ohio. He attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, receiving his B.A. in 1891. He obtained his M.A. from Harvard University in 1899. After teaching at Huron College in Huron, South Dakota for a few years, he became the librarian of South Dakota State College in 1905, a position he held until 1931.

In addition to his service to the university, Powers was a charter member of the South Dakota Academy of Science, as well as the Forum. He served on the South Dakota State Library commission, as well as the Brookings Public Library Board of Trustees, and was instrumental in getting a Carnegie Library placed in Brookings. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts from a very early date.

Powers died in 1936.

Contents Note

This collection is composed mainly of Powers' notes and materials he wrote about his history of the college. For the most part, these are draft materials. Also included are some correspondence and some totally unrelated material. This material includes notes about the foundation of the Brookings Public Library, and notes on the World Disarmament Committee, including a petition against conscription signed by many university faculty.

Key Words

Aldrich, J.M. (John Merton)

Brookings Public Library (Brookings, S.D.)

Forum (Brookings, S.D.)

Harding, A. S. (Albert Spencer), 1867-1952

Kerr, R. F. (Robert Floyd), 1850-1921

McLouth, Lewis

Powers, W. H. (William Howard), 1868-1936

South Dakota State University -- History

South Dakota State University -- Libraries

South Dakota State University -- Presidents

Student protests

World Disarmament Committee (Brookings, S.D.)

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William H. Powers Papers Container List. UA 53.9

Box Folder Description Date(s)
1 1 Brookings Public Library 1912-1927
1 2 Correspondence - General 1921-1927
1 3 Correspondence - History of SDSC 1915-1922
1 4 Correspondence - J.M. Aldrich 1930-1931
1 5 Miscellaneous 1927-1936
1 11 World Disarmament Committee 1917
1 6 Writings - History undated
1 7 Writings - McLouth administration undated
1 8 Writings - Pamelia Phillips Banks-Warriner by J.L. and W.H. Powers 1907
1 9 Writings - Robert F. Kerr undated
1 10 Writings - Upheaval of 1893 undated

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

Elizabeth B. Scott, University Archivist, 1998 May 6.