The South Dakota State University Archives
acquired the papers of former Congressman and Senator Thomas A. Daschle in 2005. Senator Daschle graduated from SDSU in 1969 with a degree in political science. This collection documents his distinguished twenty-six year
public career in the U.S. House and Senate. Senator Daschle’s papers include correspondence, legislative documents, photographs, audiotapes, videotapes and other materials covering Daschle's professional life.
South Dakota State University was designated as an official U.S.
depository library in 1889. These materials cover a wide range of topics including agriculture, business, commerce, education, health, social issues, current events, congressional issues, and statistics. In addition to the
Federal Documents published by the GPO, the collection includes a large collection of maps and microforms as well as State of South Dakota Documents.
Hobo Day is the homecoming celebration for South Dakota State University. The first Hobo Day occurred November 2,
1912. Homecoming thrives at South Dakota State University and is the largest one day event in the state. The return of alumni to their alma mater for a weekend of football, fun and memories has flourished and grown over the
decades, embodying the essence of Jackrabbit Pride.
The collection of photographs features activities that were held around and during Hobo Day. Included are images of Hobo Day activities, marching bands, the Beard & Pigtail Contest, the Bummobile, Blue Key Smoker,
Hobo Day Committee, dignitaries and parade marshals, early years of Hobo Day, parade floats, football games, razor burial, royalty, Kangaroo Court, dditional parade pictures, Hobo Day promotion images including buttons,
and Hobo Day pictures from the 1990s and 2000s.
The South Dakota State University's yearbook, the Jack Rabbit was issued by the
Junior Class from 1907-1934. Because of this, each yearbook for that time period documents the previous year. For example, the 1910 Jack Rabbit chronicles the events for the 1908-1909 academic year. Since 1935, the yearbooks
have been produced by the Student Association and document the issued year's activities.
collection consists of correspondence (1914-1916) between Henry L. Loucks and Richard F. Pettigrew during 1914-1916. R. F. Pettigrew was a lawyer, surveyor, and land developer. He represented the Dakota Territory in the
U.S. Congress and was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota after the Dakotas were admitted as states. H.L. Loucks was an economist and a Populist candidate for Governor of South Dakota in 1890. The collection is mainly
political in nature, dealing with issues of the Progressive movement in the United States in the early 1900s.
This collection consists of publications, documents,
images and other materials relating to the history of the Brookings area and South Dakota. These materials also include the George and Evelyn Norby Collection, which relates to the City of Brookings.
The South Dakota State University Archives and Special
Collections in the Hilton M. Briggs Library houses rare books and manuscript collections including manuscript and archival materials, books, serials, audiovisual materials, and photographs. The collection consists mostly of
materials relating to South Dakota; in particular it documents organizations, local businesses, political and community figures, individuals and families, authors, and agriculture and rural life. The collection also includes
illuminated manuscript pages from the 13th to 15th centuries and rare books.
The collection contains publications, documents, images and
other materials produced by the South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station. This includes their series of bulletins and circulars. The publications are historical and may contain information that is no
longer considered current.
The South Dakota State University Archives Collection contains documents, images and
other materials relating to the University, including administration, departments and colleges, committees, faculty and staff, and student organizations. SDSU was founded in 1881 as the Dakota Agricultural College. When South
Dakota became a state in 1889, the college was renamed South Dakota Agricultural College and became the state’s Land Grant College. The college changed its name again in 1907 to South Dakota State College of Agriculture
and Mechanic Arts and again in 1964 to South Dakota State University.