Archive for May, 2011

According to a “blurb” in the September 30, 1895 edition of the Volante, “Col. John L. Jolley, one of the foremost benefactors of the University, has again manifested his friendship for the institution. He has donated to the library, 150 volumes of the celebrated “Civil War Records,” which the President has hitherto sought to procure, but in vain.”

These volumes from 1880 are available for use today. Use call number Main Collection/ 3rd Floor: E464.U61.   Selections of the Civil War Records can also be found in the Chilson Collection under the same call number.


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The staff at the USD Archives and Special Collections are just dying to know what is going on in this photograph.  If you have any information concerning the subjects or location of the  photograph below, please contact the USD Archives and Special Collections or leave a comment.

–Information gathered from the collections:  Photograph: USD Photograph Collection, Series 3

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It’s time again for the Unidentified Photograph of the Week!  If you have any information about the photograph above, please contact the USD Archives and Special Collections or leave a comment.  Thanks!

Information gathered from the collections: Photograph: USD Photograph Collection, Series 3

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USD's First Graduating Class: Herbert Houston, Charles Brinstad, and Clarence Antisdel

With Commencement 2011 fast approaching, it’s both timely and appropriate to take a look back at the first collegiate class (pictured above) to graduate from USD. According to Cedric Cummins’ history on USD, the first graduating seniors were three of seven students from Chicago who followed President Edward Olson west when he assumed the presidency at the university in 1887. The “Chicago Boys” (as Olson’s Chicago seven came to be known) were responsible for organizing a number of student groups that helped place the young university in the collegiate mainstream. For instance, they launched the Volante, started the first Student Association, and had a hand in bringing the Athletic Association and the YMCA to campus.
The three graduates continued to distinguish themselves after they left USD.  Clarence Antisdel pursued a postgraduate degree at USD after the 1888 Commencement and was the first person to receive an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree at USD. He then spent several years in Africa as a missionary. Upon his return to the United States, Antisdel became the president of Benedict College in South Carolina.  Herbert Houston, the Volante’s first editor, worked as a reporter for the Sioux City Journal for a few years and would later move on to work for the Chicago Tribune.   Houston then went into advertising, moved to New York City, and became the advertising manager of  The World’s Work and Country Life in America.   During his time at USD, Charles Brinstad decided to become a minister.  He left his postgraduate studies to become ordained in St. Paul.  After several years of education and training, he eventually became the general missionary for Nebraska.

–Information gathered from the collections: The University of South Dakota by Cedric Cummins, USD Archives, and the 1903 Coyote, USD Archives. Photograph: USD Photograph Collection, Series 3

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