Archive for May, 2020

 –  are maps intended primarily to influence opinions and beliefs rather than to communicate objective geographic information. They are meant to convey a message. Persuasive maps can be divided into intentional and unintentional.

The Archives and Special Collections has a few persuasive maps. Most are dated from the homesteading period and are from land companies, railroad companies, and immigration bureaus trying to convince people to obtain land in a particular area.

I did find one persuasive map on a subject other than land sales. It is a 1916 map on South Dakota water conservation projects produced by a group called Call-to-Action. I will keep looking. Please let me know if you see a persuasive map in in our collections.

To view a wide-ranging collection of persuasive maps, see:

PJ Mode Collection. Cornell University Library | Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections. https://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/ (accessed March 18, 2020).


Tyner, Judith Ann. Persuasive cartography: an examination of the map as a subjective tool of communication. University of California, Los Angeles Ph.D. Geography Dissertation, 1974.

Reformers & visionaries, scoundrels & incendiaries: 250 years of persuasive mapping. Catalog 3. Boston: Boston Rare Maps. 2019.

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Do any of our readers have information or stories to share about this building located behind Davidson on the University of South Dakota campus?

Photograph from the I. D. and Virginia Weeks papers.

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Eighty-two photographs have been added to the Digital Library of South Dakota from the personal papers of I. D. and Virginia Weeks.

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An outdoor theatre begun at the close of [WWI] by Clarence Lyon was formally inaugurated in June, 1920, with a commencement play. Located in a former wasteland back of the Science Hall [and between the Pardee Estee Laboratory and the National Music Museum] it emerged throughout the next ten years as a moderately attractive facility. A sloping grass amphitheater faced westward toward an elevated leveled stage, both surrounded by linden trees and buckhorn hedges supplied by the Women’s Art Club and honeysuckle bushes donated by [USD President] Slagle.

From Cedric Cummins, The University of South Dakota, 1862-1966, 1975, page 167.



1917-1918 USD campus map. The outdoor theater was located near the yellow star. Number 3 was the Science Building, and that building is now gone. Number 6 is now the National Music Museum. Number 8 is now the Pardee Estee Laboratory.


The first commencement play in 1920 was Prunella. The principal parts were played by Professor Clarence Lyon and Mrs. Lyon.

From the Alumni Quarterly, June 1920, page 59.





The second commencement play in 1921 was Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or What You Will  performed by the Shakespearean Playhouse Players of New York City.

From the Alumni Quarterly, July 1921, page 68.


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