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Gertrude Stickney Young Papers


Gertrude Stickney Young Papers


MA 8


Gertrude Stickney Young




0.21 linear feet (1 small document case)


Gertrude Stickney Young was a professor of history at South Dakota State College from 1907 to 1942 and a writer of historical sketches of South Dakota. This collection of her papers is composed of manuscripts, correspondence and other personal material.

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Collection Summary




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 . Gertrude Stickney Young papers. MA 8. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Biographical Note

Gertrude Stickney Young was born in Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory, September 14, 1883 to Emma and Sutton Young. Sutton Young was the first speaker of the house in South Dakota legislature. After attending numerous schools, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1960. She later attended Cornell University, University of Chicago, and the University of California. Young was on the faculty of South Dakota State University from 1907-1942, where she was reportedly a very popular instructor. Following her promotion to Professor Emeritus in 1942, she spent much of her time writing historical sketches of South Dakota, some titles including: South Dakota; An appreciation, and Dakota Again. Many of these were published privately and are now available in many libraries across South Dakota.

Among her civic contributions, Gertrude was the first president of the Brookings Branch of the American Association of University Women, a leader in the Faculty Women's Club, the Woman's Club of Brookings and various other organizations in the Brookings area and in South Dakota.

Gertrude Stickney Young died in January, 1965.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of some manuscripts of Gertrude Young, including material relating to the history of the history department at South Dakota State University. Also included are some Christmas cards featuring artwork of Ada Caldwell, a close association of Young. Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous certificates, and some correspondence round out the collection.


Ada B. Caldwell ; a tribute 
Brookings, S.D., Privately published, 1940. 
Call number: SD Collection: ND237.C19 A3

And there were these 
Brookings, S.D., Privately printed, 1958. 
Call number: SD Collection: F651.Y63

Dakota again 
Brookings, S.D., G.S. Young, 1950. 
Call number: SD Collection: F651.Y61

Dr. Frederick A. Stafford in Dakota, 1884-1922 
Brookings, S.D., G. S. Young, 1954. 
Call number: SD Collection: F651.Y62

Glimpses of South Dakota State College 1957 
Call number: Archives: S537.S6 Y68 1957

The journal of a missionary to the Yankton Sioux: 1875-1902 
Pierre, S.D. : South Dakota State Historical Society, 1958. 
Call number: SD Collection: F646.S6 v.29 1958

The Mennonites in South Dakota 
Pierre, S.D., South Dakota Historical Society, 1921. 
Call number: [SD Collection: F646.S6 v. 10 1920

The sea and the land and the sky 
[s.l. : s.n., 19--?]. 
Call number: SD Collection: F651.5.Y68

South Dakota, an appreciation 
Brookings, S.D. : [Young] 1944. 
Call number: SD Collection: F651.Y6

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookings, South Dakota, 1893-1947 
Brookings, S.D.? " s.n., 1947. 
Call number: SD Collection: BX5980.B76 S3

William Joshua Cleveland, 1845-1910 
S.l. : s.n., [1961?] 
Call number: SD Collection: BX5995.C55 Y6

Key Words

American Association of University Women. Brookings Branch

South Dakota State University -- Faculty Women's Club

South Dakota State University -- History

South Dakota -- History

Young, Gertrude Stickney, 1883-1965

Container List


Gertrude Stickney Young Papers Container List. MA 8
13Department of History and Political Science1943-1957
14Glimpses of SDSU1957
15Greeting cardsundated
16A History: The Abbots, the Allyns, the Stickneys and the Youngsundated
18Study in Historyundated

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.