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0.21 linear feet (1 small document case)


Gertrude Stickney Young was a professor of history at South Dakota State College from 1907 to 1942 and a writer of historical sketches of South Dakota. This collection of her papers is composed of manuscripts, correspondence and other personal material.

Historical Note

Gertrude Stickney Young was born in Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory, September 14, 1883 to Emma and Sutton Young. Sutton Young was the first speaker of the house in South Dakota legislature. After attending numerous schools, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1960. She later attended Cornell University, University of Chicago, and the University of California. Young was on the faculty of South Dakota State University from 1907-1942, where she was reportedly a very popular instructor. Following her promotion to Professor Emeritus in 1942, she spent much of her time writing historical sketches of South Dakota, some titles including: South Dakota; An appreciation, and Dakota Again. Many of these were published privately and are now available in many libraries across South Dakota.

Among her civic contributions, Gertrude was the first president of the Brookings Branch of the American Association of University Women, a leader in the Faculty Women's Club, the Woman's Club of Brookings and various other organizations in the Brookings area and in South Dakota.

Gertrude Stickney Young died in January, 1965.

Content Notes

This collection is composed of some manuscripts of Gertrude Young, including material relating to the history of the history department at South Dakota State University. Also included are some Christmas cards featuring artwork of Ada Caldwell, a close association of Young. Newspaper clippings, miscellaneous certificates, and some correspondence round out the collection.

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South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.