Archive for September, 2015

Archiving is not about history looking backward, but about storing and securing for the future. Archiving – all the activities from creation and management to the use of records and archives – has always been directed towards transmitting human activity and experience through time and, secondly, through space. It has the quality of the archive as a time machine.

Eric Ketelaar, “Archival Temples, Archival Prisons”

Quoted in Kristen Weld, Paper cadavers: the dictatorship in Guatemala. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2014, p.236.

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On Thursday October 1, 2015, archivists around the country will join you on Twitter to answer all questions archival. Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, you can learn more about how archivists are working every day to preserve historical materials like photographs, documents, audio and video and digital materials. If you have always wondered what archivists do all day or how you should preserve all your computer files, #AskAnArchivist Day is the perfect opportunity to get your questions answered. You can get to know more about your local archives or pose a question for archivists everywhere.

USD Archives and Special Collections is home to the rare books, manuscripts and archives department of the University Libraries with our manuscript strengths in South Dakota political, cultural and economic history and USD history. Our book collections focus on South Dakota history, Native American culture and the Western expansion of the United States as well as the history of the violin family of instruments.

The South Dakota Oral History Center collects and preserves the voices of the people of the Northern Plains. Included are over 5,500 interviews preserving the historical, social and cultural history of the state with the two largest collections pertaining to preserving indigenous memories and experiences from 1890s to present as well as interviews with South Dakotans from every county in the state.

How does it work?
To participate, tweet your questions and include the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. You can ask your question directly to USD Archives and Special Collections by including @USD_AandSC or to the South Dakota Oral History Center @SDOHC.

SchellSo get your questions ready and join us on Twitter on October 1 at #AskAnArchivist.

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This collection of letters between Gordon Aadland and Al Neuharth is now open for research. Aadland and Neuharth met at the University of South Dakota, where they both worked on the student newspaper the Volante. Aadland graduated in 1949 and Neuharth in 1950. After college, both worked on SoDak Sports, a statewide weekly newspaper on South Dakota sports co-founded by Neuharth. Afterwards, both left the state to lead successful lives on their chosen paths.

These letters span from the early 1970s through 2013, their pages consisting of joy, jokes, and pranks, the words revealing a friendship that spanned decades. Although most of the letters were received from Neuharth, Aadland’s side of the correspondence also appears occasionally, allowing for the reader to witness both Neuharth and Aadland’s sense of humor, wit and repartee.

Contact the Archives and Special Collections for a copy of the guide to the collection.

Aadland Senior PicNeuharth Senior Pic

Pictured above are Gordon Aadland and Al Neuharth respectively. The photos are taken from their senior pictures in the Coyote yearbook (Aadland: 1949 and Neuharth 1950).

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The Mahoney Music Collection in the Archives and Special Collections contains wonderful books related to violin construction, which include but are not restricted to books about varnishes and woods. Below is just a sample.

Hammerl, Josef, Reiner Hammerl and Jess Nierenberg. Violin varnishes: interesting information on resins and basic materials for violin varnish and advice on varnishing. W. Germany: Josef u. Reiner Hammerl, [1988?]. ML845 .G3413 1988

Brough, J. C. S. Staining and polishing, including varnishing & other methods of finishing wood: with a complete index of fifteen hundred references. Philadelphia: Lippincott, [1918]. TT325 .B76 1918

Robinson, John Stuart. The Guarneri mold and modern violin making. Oklahoma City, OK: J.S. Robinson, c1982. ML802 .R62 1982

Vettori, Carlo. I quartetti della liuteria italiana: the quartets of Italian violin making. Firenze, Italy: 2006. ML750. V47 2006

Hough, Romeyn Beck. Hough’s encyclopaedia of American woods. 8 volumes and 3 sample books. New York: R. Speller, 1957-1979. SD536 .H832

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The Archives and Special Collections has the Map of the Missouri River: from its mouth to Three Forks, Montana, published by the Missouri River Commission in 1892-1895 on eighty-four sheets plus nine index sheets. With this mapping expedition, “modern mapping had arrived, and the river was now mapped with precision from its mouth to Three Forks.” “Later mapping made only minute improvements on these maps, principally in recording its ever-changing channel and in documenting the destruction of the river as a free-flowing natural stream in the post-World War II period” (Wood 1984).

The Archives and Special Collections doesn’t have all the sheets in this set. We own sheets XXVII-XLVI, which encompass the South Dakota stretch of the Missouri River, and we have accompanying index sheets IV and V.

Our set does not include the legend for this map, but I found it in the Nebraska Memories digital library. Indicated are shoreline triangulation stations (secondary), saw mills, cemeteries, roads, fences, levees, benches, orchards, forests (deciduous), forests (evergreen), bushes, willows, bench marks, churches, section corners, railways, county & reservation lines, state lines, dikes, cultivated lands, sand bars, grass, lakes & marshes, and bluffs.


Call number in our library for this map is  1472 M5 1895 U545.

Image above is sheet XXIX, showing the Vermillion SD area.

Information from:

Nebraska Memories. “Map of the Missouri River: from its mouth to Three Forks, Montana.” Accessed September 2, 2015. http://memories.nebraska.gov/cdm/ref/collection/opl/id/1284.

Wood, W. Raymond. “Mapping the Missouri River through the Great Plains, 1673-1895.” Great Plains Quarterly, 1984, 29-42.

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Detail photographs of A Wild Sheep Chase and DNS on a Windows Server 2003 by Alexis Arnold (San Francisco, California).

These works as well as 44 others by 35 artists are on display until January 4, 2016 on the second floor, University Libraries.

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