This collection of Manuscripts has rural South Dakota as its primary focus. The papers of alumni and individuals related to SDSU are a part of this collection, as well as the records of some South Dakota organizations. These materials may include:
- Papers/records/published materials of South Dakota and alumni authors
- Modern political papers, including grass roots politics and political figures associated with South Dakota and South Dakota State University, including Tom Daschle and Ben Reifel.
- South Dakota and regional materials—including, but not limited to, the papers of organizations, local businesses, community figures, families, and especially material related to farming and its development in South Dakota. This area also includes the George and Evelyn Norby collection of materials related to the City of Brookings.