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Farber Hall

View of what is now Farber Hall in Old Main. Photograph from 1895-1896 University of South Dakota Catalog.



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East Hall was built 130 years ago in 1877. It was the third building constructed on our campus.




This image and description of the East Hall appeared on the cover of the 1981 commencement program. During the 1980s and 1990s, USD commencement programs often highlighted USD buildings. The Archives and Specials has an almost complete set of commencement programs from 1889 to 2016.

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On April 26, 1963, The University of South Dakota became the official name of our university here in Vermillion. It was called the State University of South Dakota in some documents and the University of South Dakota in others. The State Board of Regents of Education designated the later.


USD logo, 1960s

From “University of South Dakota Designated Official Name.” The University of South Dakota Bulletin. Series LXIII, Bulletin no. 11, Alumni No. 5, May 1, 1963.

Alumni publications are one of my favorite sources of USD history. The title does change over time (Alumni Quarterly, South Dakota Alumnus, University of South Dakota Bulletin, Dakotan, and South Dakotan, for example), but they are kept in the archives as one collection.


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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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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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