2.72 linear feet (4 boxes)
The Publications Council served as the advisory board for all publications that appeared on the South Dakota State College campus. The collection is composed of the minutes from the meetings and some correspondence of the Publications Council.
The Publications Council served as the advisory board for all publications that appeared on the South Dakota State College campus. This Council consisted of two faculty members named by the President of the University, student members (the editors and business managers of the Collegian and the Jackrabbit), the editor or business manager of each of the other recognized student publications, and other members named by the Board of Control. This Council had charge of the affairs connected with the Collegian and the Jackrabbit and had supervision of the other student publications as provided in the constitution.
Any individual, group or organization wishing to start a new publication or program had to first secure the approval of the Council. The Publications Council along with the Board of Control also had the power to control the kind of advertising that appeared in every student publication. Other duties of the Publications Council were to recommend applications for major publications jobs, such as an engraver for the Jackrabbit, and vote on contracts for such jobs.
Another duty of the Publications Council was to nominate and recommend candidates for the business manager and managing editor of the Jackrabbit and the Collegian. Applications from students in the incoming Junior or senior classes were submitted to the Council. The applications for editor of the Collegian were accompanied by at least three original editorials and three news articles written by the applicants. A candidate for the Collegian editor also had to have at least one year's experience on the Collegian staff. Applicants for both the Collegian and the Jackrabbit had to satisfy the scholastic requirements of the college at the time of their selection. The Council forwarded their recommendation of two candidates for each position to the Board of Control who selected the managing editor and business manager. The Council also recommended to the Board of Control what salaries were paid to the staffs of the publications under its control.
The council appears to have been dissolved around 1970. Today, there is a Media Council that serves the same basic duty as advisory board and advocate for Collegian, Jackrabbit Yearbook and KSDJ Radio Station.
This collection is composed mainly of the minutes from the meetings and some correspondence of the Publications Council. The minutes list members present and absent at each meeting and include letters of applications for editor and manager positions for the Jackrabbit and the Collegian. Also included are letters of recommendations to the Board of Control, budget requests and financial statements, editorials and stories submitted for publication in the Collegian, bids on printing, paper, engravings and covers for the Jackrabbit, and newspaper clippings from the Collegian.
SDSU Archives and Special Collections
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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.
SDSU Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, "Publications Council Records" (2018). University Archives. 132.