Did you know that the Archives and Special Collections has a time capsule? It was filled with items related to the centennial of the University of South Dakota and is scheduled to be opened in 2082.
Photographs from the recently donated Carl Bernard Gilbertson Collection feature images from Law Sneak Day 1914 and descriptions from the May 12, 1914 Volante tell their story.
These two photographs are from the Carl Bernard Gilbertson Collection. The first photograph features an unidentified man standing in front of the first permanent schoolhouse monument at the base of Dakota Street. (For a view of the first school house in its original location: http://dlsd.sdln.net/cdm/singleitem/collection/richardson/id/200.) In the second photograph, a float is shown in a Law Sneak Day parade circa 1914.
The first permanent schoolhouse in Dakota Territory was erected in 1864 by Dakota Cavalry Company A under the direction of Captain Nelson Miner: http://dlsd.sdln.net/cdm/compoundobject/collection/richardson/id/172/rec/1. The first teacher at the school was Amos F. Shaw: http://dlsd.sdln.net/cdm/compoundobject/collection/richardson/id/184/rec/1.
For more information on the dedication ceremonies recently held: http://www.cchssd.org/events.
Presented here is a unique photograph and view of a portion of the University of South Dakota campus. The photograph features “University Park” in the foreground. Behind University Park, one can see the Armory (Al Neuharth Media Center), the North Complex, the Engineering Building, Inman Field, and the Observatory. Of all the structures in this photograph, the Al Neuharth Media Center is the only building still extant.
University Park was designed as housing for veterans who were married during their academic studies after the end of WWII.
Of critical importance was the search for living quarters for married veterans. One possible aid was that new type of compact housing which had emerged during the war, the efficient house trailer. Therefore, application was made to the Federal Housing Authority for surplus trailers, and with encouraging speed fifty of them were in place the second semester of 1945-46 in “Vets’ Villa” at the later location of the Medical and Science Building. By that autumn, one hundred thirty-three would be ready, seventy-six in “Vets’ Villa” and another fifty-seven at “University Park” northwest of the old Union Building. Here life went on in crowded quarters close to the school at monthly rates of $28 and $32 (expansible for those with children.) – The University of South Dakota 1862-1966 by Cedric Cummins (1975) p. 245-246
– Photograph from the I.D. and Virginia Weeks Papers, Richardson Collection
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The Herman P. Chilson Collection of Western Americana, located in the Archives and Special Collections, includes books, journals, maps, pamphlets, and other print materials relating to local histories, South Dakota history, Native American cultures, and United States western expansion. The Chilson Collection is cataloged and information about items in the collection can be found using the library catalog.
Learning about birds and watching birds was one of Mr. Chilson’s many interests, and he included ornithology books in his 1979 donation to the University of South Dakota. One of the ornithology books is The Passenger Pigeon, written by W.B. Mershon and published in 1907. This book includes many contemporary accounts of the passenger pigeon and its decline.
September 1, 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon (Discover September 2014, p. 70).