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The Story of the Coyote: A Visual History of USD Athletics was curated by Leah Dusterhoft, BFA Fine Arts – Graphic Design ’21 as part of an art history independent study course taught by Art History Professor Dr. Lauren Freese. Dusterhoft is a USD Student-athlete, throwing the discus for the track and field team during her time at USD. Since the fall of 2019, she has worked as a graphic design intern for the Sports Information Department, making graphics for social media.

The exhibition is on view through August 6th in the I.D. Weeks Library, 2nd floor.

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Please use #AskAnArchivist and @USD_AandSC when asking questions on Twitter so we don’t miss any of your questions.

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Here are a few helpful tips for the lucky ones visiting an archives.

  • Give yourself enough time. Looking through archival collections is time-consuming, and you will need more time than you expect. Believe me.
  • Check with the archival staff beforehand and ask them a lot of questions. Will they be open the days you want to visit? Are there other collections you should look at? Read through the sources at the end of this blog for more questions.
  • Learn as much as possible before you get to the archives about the collections you want to access. Are there finding aids and how do you can get copies of these finding aids? Are there restrictions on the collections you want to use for research?
  • If you want to see a book in the archives, bring more with you than the call number. Often the person pulling the book from the closed stacks needs to know information from the entire catalog record, such as book size and number of pages, before they know where a book is stored.
  • Keep track of what you have looked at and keep track of information that you will need for citations. Write it down.
  • Bonus tip: If visiting us, ask to see our copy of Reading early American handwriting by Kip Sperry. It can help decipher handwritten documents.










See also:



Introduction to Archival Research, http://libguides.usd.edu/cotent.php?pid=691519 (accessed August 24, 2016).


Using Archives: a guide to effective research, Society of American Archivist, http://www2.archivists.org/usingarchives (accessed August 19, 2016).

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Rayna Hernandez, pursuing a BFA in painting, talks about Howe programs at USD before a special showing of "Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter," yesterday in the MUC Pit Lounge.

Rayna Hernandez, pursuing a BFA in painting, talks about Howe programs at USD before a special showing of “Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter,” yesterday in the MUC Pit Lounge.


Archives and Special Collections exhibits running through May 29th feature items from Oscar Howe’s personal library, manuscript materials, photographs and publications.












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Invitation for Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter in Vermillion, 1974.


Original program:




Oscar Howe’s handwritten tour schedule for the opening of the film.


Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter will be shown on Tuesday, April 21st at 1:00pm in the Pit Lounge, Muenster University Center.

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Please join us in the MUC Pit Lounge next Tuesday, April 21st, at 1:00pm for a special showing of “Oscar Howe: the Sioux Painter” (narrated by Vincent Price.)

An exhibition of materials from the Oscar Howe Collection will be on display from April 17th – May 29 in the Archives and Special Collections, room 305, University Libraries.

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The University of South Dakota Alumni Association, Department of History and University Libraries, along with the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Clay County Historical Society, will host a screening of the documentary, “W. L. Dow, Architect” at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Muenster University Center 216A on the USD campus.

“W. L. Dow, Architect” will air May 6 on South Dakota Public Broadcasting and highlights the work of Wallace Dow, who came to the prairie in the 1880s and left his mark on cities from Bismarck, N.D. to Vermillion. Old Main and East Hall, both Dow buildings and landmarks of the USD campus, are featured in the film. A question and answer session with the film’s creators and producers, Brad and Jennifer Dumke of Sioux Falls, S.D., will follow the screening at 3:30 p.m.


Old Main before 1893, photograph by Henry Butler

“We wanted to produce a historical documentary that brings history to life, is informative, and makes history interesting and enjoyable while providing a community service in preserving the past,” the Dumkes said in a statement.

Jim Wilson, chair of the Clay County Historical Society, stated that Dow was also responsible for several prominent buildings in Vermillion, including the First National Bank Building (now Red Steakhouse), the first Vermillion Public High School and the first Vermillion City Hall. “Dow was the most prolific and famous of the early architects in South Dakota and built in a variety of styles,” Wilson added.

“Dow seems to have done it all,” said USD Associate Professor of History Molly Rozum, Ph.D. “His buildings were varied in design and purpose, from Queen Anne to Gothic and from homes and schools to churches.”

The screening is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information about “W. L. Dow, Architect,” please call (605) 310-3844 or email jenniferdumke@msn.com.

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The Faculty Woman’s Club collection has been processed and is available for research.

The Faculty Woman’s Club was a group at USD that was formed for female faculty members and wives of professors. On a program cover letter from September 21, 1954, program chairwoman Edith M. Eyres states that the Faculty Woman’s Club’s “purpose is simply to bring you and your family into the larger family of the University faculty, and to let you meet your University friends and enjoy their fellowship.”

Throughout its years of existence, the Faculty Woman’s Club has coordinated several events. Annually, they would hold a President’s reception, which was traditionally hosted at the university president’s house. Other annual events include salad luncheons, fall brunches, and spring parties. Occasionally, the Faculty Woman’s Club would arrange additional events for fundraisers. The proceeds usually went to a scholarship fund. One such event was Meeting of the Minds, which was a quiz competition that any faculty member or their spouse could participate in.

Meeting of the Minds News Story

Another charitable deed that the Faculty Woman’s Club organized was helping with the maintenance on the Danforth Chapel. They funded the insurance policy on the stained glass windows and also helped the Alumni Association raise funds for their restoration.

Below is a photograph from the dedication of a tree that the Faculty Woman’s Club donated.


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Panoramic views of the Missouri River, the backroom and workspace area of the USD Archives and Special Collections, and one of the Archives’ unofficial mascots.

Today is my last day as an employee at the USD Archives and Special Collections as I’ll be off to Graduate School for Library and Archival Sciences in the coming months.  It’s tempting to wax sentimental about all of the experiences I’ve had here in the last  two and a half years, but for the sake of time and space, I’ll just let the above collage tell my story for me.  Writing for this blog and taking part in projects and archival work for USD has been a real pleasure.

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“Artifacts from the History of Public Education in South Dakota: 1860-1946” is on display now on the first floor of the Delzell Education Center.  The exhibition includes materials gathered from the USD Archives and Special Collections, the South Dakota Historical Soceity, and the Nebraska Historical Soceity.

You should also check out the exhibitions dedicated to Doctor William Farber located on the second and third floors of the University Library.  The exhibition displays correspondance and objects from Farber’s personal papers.

The education exhibition was researched, designed, and constructed by Archives Assistant Adrienne Evans with intial planning and research done by intern Molly McGrane.  The Farber exhibition was researched, designed, and constructed by Archives Graduate Assistant Kelly Goertzen.

Farber display located on 3rd floor of library.

Farber display located on 2nd floor of library

Education Exhibit located in Delzell.

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