Archive for October, 2015

Herbert S. Schell Annual Lecture in History is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 in Farber Hall at 7:00 pm.

The presentation is “Crescent City Girls: the Jim Crow Justice System and Black Girlhood in New Orleans” by LaKisha Simmons. She is an assistant professor of global gender studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

The lecture series honors Herbert S. Schell (1899-1994). He “served the Department of History, the University of South Dakota and the State of South Dakota for forty-three continuous years, except for the year 1928-1929 when he was on leave completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.”

Herbert S. Schell was appointed the first University Archivist in 1968.

Image from the I.D. Weeks Library Records, 1993-. USD Archives. University Libraries. The University of South Dakota.

Quote from the Herbert S. Schell Annual Lecture in History program, 2014.

Other information from the Faculty Files. USD Archives. University Libraries. The University of South Dakota.

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Irma Margaret Falck, circulation librarian, with unidentified library patron.

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Did your grandparents or great-grandparents attend the University of South Dakota? The Archives and Special Collections has the following sources to help you find out.

Sources listing graduates and those who attended but did not graduate:

University Catalogs, 1883-1884 school year to the current school year. Early catalogs often list enrollees.

Coyote Yearbooks, 1903 through 1986.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Directory (Phone books), 1919-1920 school year through 2003-2004 school year.

Volante Student Newspapers, 1897 to the current date. There is an index for 1985 through 1997 Volantes.

Sources listing graduates (These sources do not include those who did not graduate.):

Alumni Directories. Most directories list alumni living at the time of the directory is published. Published in 1937, 1949, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1994, 2000, and 2015.

Alumni Newsletters, 1905 to the current date. Title changes from the Alumni Newsletters to the Alumni Quarterly to the South Dakotan. There is an index for 1905 through 1930.

Commencement Announcements, 1899 through current year. These programs often list all those who are graduating.

Contact us if you want to stop by and use these sources.

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Edith B. Siegrist (May 9, 1925 – July 31, 2011) was a librarian and library science professor at the University of South Dakota for 24 years.  Passionate about libraries and librarianship, Siegrist’s financial donation helped to establish the expansion of the Vermillion public library in 2013: Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library.

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Spooky Coyote


The Student Activities Council, Program Council poster collection is now open to researchers.


It consists mainly of posters advertising events at the University of South Dakota sponsored by the Program Council. The events include concerts, movies, lectures, speakers, Dakota Days, opening of the Muenster University Center (MUC), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Wacipi. The events also include performances by comedians, acapella groups, local bands, and international dance troupes.


In addition to posters, included in this collection are flyers, pamphlets, programs, events lists, calendars of events, digests of Program Council activities, and a few photographs.


The 6 linear feet of material span the years 1979-2010.


The Program Council began in 1968 as a combined effort between the Coyote Student Center and the Student Association. It is a student-run programming board that is responsible for bringing entertainment and a variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and social programs to the University of South Dakota campus.


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


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The Volante volumes one through fourteen, from November 1887 through June 1901, have been digitized and placed online. All volumes are full text searchable and can be browsed as well through the Digital Library of South Dakota.



Share what you discover with hashtag #volantehistory.

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Before the online catalog and the advent of computers, searching for books and library items happened via little drawers full of magical cards, diligently typed by library staff, and sorted by author or title.

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