13.95 linear feet (12 records center boxes, 1 oversize box) photographs, electronic records, 3-D objects
The Office of the President is responsible for regulating and overseeing the general administration of the university. This collection is composed of administrative material not related to any specific president but the president's office in general and office files generated and received by the Office of the President of South Dakota State University.
The Office of the President is responsible for regulating and overseeing the general administration of the university. Along with various administrative duties, each year the president prepares an annual report, which is delivered to the Board of Regents. This report generally includes information about past and present university affairs and policies, as well as future plans and suggestions.
Originally, the president performed most of the university's administrative duties. Presidents often were members of the faculty as well. As administrative functions became more complex, the duties of the president were spread among other administrators. Today, the hierarchy of the university includes the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Administration, the Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Director of Disability Services and the Director of Athletics, all under discretion of the President of the University. The Board of Regents appoints the president of the university.
The President's Office records span the years 1912-2012, with the bulk of the material dating from 1936-2008. The records are organized alphabetically by subject.
The bulk of the material is composed of administrative material not related to any specific president but the president's office in general and office files generated and received by the Office of the President of South Dakota State University.
Folders consists of administrative committee minutes, including Academic Senate, Administrative Council and Career Service Advisory Council minutes, correspondence, accreditation material, master and strategic planning files, South Dakota Board of Regents files, material related to Resolution 21 and the engineering controversy of the 1970s, and files related to student organizations, campus buildings, statistics, anniversary celebrations, university history, photographs and artifacts.
Files related to the history of the university include material on historical figures such as N.E. Hansen, A.S. Harding and university presidents as well as historical events, such as the university during World War II. Files related to university building contain information on construction, demolition and fires, such as the fire that destroyed the old Agricultural Engineering building in January of 1957.
Folders containing correspondence pertain to daily operations of the office of the university Presidents but also include correspondence with government officials, such as South Dakota Governors Sigurd Anderson and George T. Mickelson and Senate Abourezk and Representative Ben Refiel.
Finally, there is a significant amount of material concerning the engineering controversy during the administration of President Hilton M. Briggs in the form of correspondence, clippings, legal materials, and news releases.
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, "President's Office Records" (2018). University Archives. 2.