Archive for December, 2016



Several University of South Dakota faculty from the 1890-1891 school year pose for their portraits.


Pictured left to right:

J. A. Ness, B.A., professor of the Greek language and literature

H. Schmidt-Wartenberg, M. A., Ph. D., professor of the modern languages

George S. Thomas, M. A., Ph. D., professor of Latin language and literature

Gerhardt C. Mars, M. A., professor of the English language and literature

Lorrain S. Hulburt, M. A., professor of mathematics and astronomy

Mary E. Allen, B. A., associate professor of Greek language and literature

Fred W. Speirs, B. S., acting professor of history and political economy

Garry E. Culver, M. A., professor of geology and mineralogy

Henry E. Kratz, Ph. M., Ph. D., professor of the science and art of teaching, and principal of the normal department

— USD Photograph Collection, “Catalogue of the University of South Dakota for the year 1890-91,” University of South Dakota.

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Science Hall under demolition (1960-1961) with a replica of the first log schoolhouse built in Dakota Territory in 1864 by the Dakota Calvary, Company A, under the direction of Captain Nelson Miner, on the left.

— USD Photograph Collection


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From the Peter Norbeck Papers, Box 11

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The Archives and Special Collections will be open its regular hours except for:

Dec. 23 – early closing at noon
Dec. 26 – closed all day
Jan. 2 – closed all day

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Women Mathematicians




The USD alumni newsletters are fast becoming my favorite source for USD history. To be useful, these newsletters need an index or to be in a searchable format unless, like me, you are looking for random and interesting tidbits about USD.

An example of a random and interesting article is “U.S. Naval Weapons Lab likes girls from South Dakota” in University of South Dakota Bulletin, Alumni no. 9, series LXIII, no. 25, October 1, 1963. It highlights women with mathematics degrees from USD who have been hired by the lab. This article reminds me of Rise of the Rocket Girls and Hidden Figures, recent fascinating books about women mathematicians in the early U.S. space program.

The alumni newsletters can be found in the Archives and Special Collections.


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