Archives and Special Collections: General Information
Sarah A. Hanson
|Joe De La Rosa
The Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) located on the 3rd Floor east side of the University Libraries, is responsible for collecting, organizing, and preserving primary and secondary research materials, with an emphasis on the following areas: historical materials that pertain to The University of South Dakota, as well as items relating to the history of South Dakota (especially Clay, Yankton, and Union counties), Great Plains history, Native American history, and the history of stringed instruments in the violin family. A&SC supports research and scholarship by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by researchers, students, and the community at large. The collections include rare books, manuscript/paper materials, serials, maps, and photographs. Donation is the primary method of acquisition, and the A&SC accepts materials that fall within the stated collecting guidelines.
Guides to the Collections - Definitions
- Guides to unprocessed collections
- Provide box numbers and itemized folder information
- Do not describe everything within the folders, but give a general idea of folder material
- Available in print format at the A&SC office, with a few of the inventory lists for the larger collections posted on the A&SC website
- Guides to processed collections
- More thorough than inventory lists, providing a scope and content note that gives a detailed description of the collection and describes its organization
- Often include a historical or biographical note about the subject of the collection
- List related resources that may be useful to researchers
- A processed collection is divided into series, which are organized groupings of similar types of material. Finding aids describe each series while the box list section of the finding aid details the contents of the series, often to the folder level.
- Available in print format at the A&SC office and on the A&SC website
Reference and Instruction Services
Reference and Research: The staff of the Archives and Special Collections is available to answer reference questions and provide research assistance.
For Faculty: The Archives and Special Collections staff is available to provide orientations and instruction related to assignments using materials in the Archives and Special Collections. Likewise staff can provide materials for posting on D2L.
For the Community: The staff of the Archives and Special Collections is available to make presentations centered on our collections to community groups such as schools, community organizations, and religious groups.