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Digital Library of South Dakota

About this collection

The USD Photograph Collection represents the visual history of the University of South Dakota from the 1880s to the present.

The collection contains negatives, prints, postcards, slides, and digitally born images. The collection includes work by: student photographers, Coyote Yearbook photographers, Volante photographers, News Bureau photographers, official campus photographers, as well as professional photographers hired on a special project or temporary basis. Alumni and others have also donated photographs to the collection.

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  • Series 4 (Early photographic processes)
  • Series 5 (Collections)
      -Franklin Joseph Muench Collection Franklin Joseph Muench was born December 3, 1865 in Scott County, Minnesota. In 1883, he began studies in the preparatory department at the University of Dakota and graduated in the spring of 1890 with a philosophical degree from the Collegiate Department. 
      -Lantern Slide Views of the University of South Dakota This collection comprises 52 lantern slide views of the University from 1929 and 1930.
      -Palmer Sigvald Gilbertson Collection This collection consists of 232 real photo postcards, black and white photographs, and postcards from the personal album of Palmer Sigvald Gilbertson during the period of 1900 to 1920. A student of the University of South Dakota from 1910 to 1913, Palmer Gilbertson along with his brother Carl Gilbertson, and other photographers provide a view into the daily life of a student at the University of South Dakota in the early 1900s. The 1913 Coyote yearbook states Palmer Gilbertson was “a slave to no one but his dog,” and continues: “Pilmer is noted for several reasons; first, on account of being a brother of Gillie, account of his dog “Stub”; and lastly on account of himself. He is an all around man in the true sense. Is a good fellow, student, gymnast, and pole-vaulter.”
      -Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota: Centennial Photograph Collection A collection of photographs celebrating the centennial of the Sanford School of Medicine in 2007.
      -University of South Dakota Photograph Collection: Preserving Our Past in Images, 1930-1999 Fifty photographs from the exhibition of the same name, curated in 2005.
  • Series 10 (Negatives)
 
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