Charles Woodard Papers

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UA 053.042

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Charles Woodard Papers


  • 1946-2019, undated (Creation)


17.50 linear feet [17 record boxes, 1 shoebox]

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Biographical history

Charles Woodard graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature/Letters in 1975.

Woodard started his career at South Dakota State University in 1975. He taught courses in American literature, specializing in American Indian literature, American poetry, and literature of the American Midwest and West, and also peace and conflict studies courses, composition, and Honors College courses. He developed four annual programs: the SDSU Great Plains Writers’ Conference, the Oak Lake Tribal Writers’ Retreat, the SDSU Wacipi and the Consider the Century Conference. His work typically focuses on American Indian Studies and Veterans Affairs, and he often works with professionals outside of the university community to develop programs to benefit others.

A few highlights from the achievements of his career include: being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1990; earning distinguished professor status in 1992; earning SDSU’s Excellence in Outreach and Engagement Award in 2012; and earning the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English Author of the Year award in 2013.

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Scope and content

This collection is composed of materials Dr. Woodard accumulated during his career. The materials relate to many topics, such as, American Indians, cultural and racial diversity, and nicknames of sports teams.

The bulk of the files relate to his activities with American Indians, Oak Lake Writers’ Society, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Resources Coalition, and South Dakota World Affairs Council. The content of these files may include correspondence, clippings, and grant material.

The files related to his work in the English Department at South Dakota State University are composed of course material, syllabi, tests, notes, committee files, and his work with Consider the Century and Great Plains Writers’ Conferences. Also included are audiocassettes of speakers at the Great Plains Writers’ Conference.

Material related to his publications are comprised of manuscripts, clippings, correspondence with co-authors and publishers.
Researchers will also find files related to people with whom Woodard worked. These files may contain correspondence, clippings, or writings.

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This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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Ancestral voice: conversations with N. Scott Momaday
N. Scott Momaday, Charles Woodard
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1989
PS3563.O47Z464 1989

As far as I can see: contemporary writing of the Middle Plains
Charles Woodard
Lincoln, Neb.: Windflower Press, c1989, 1st ed.
PS563.A8 1989

Country congregations: South Dakota stories
Charles Woodard
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota Humanities Foundation, c2002, 1st ed,
BV638.8.C68 2002

On the homefront: South Dakota stories
Charles Woodard
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota Humanities Foundation, c2007, 1st ed.
U52.O48 2007

One-room country school: South Dakota stories
Norma Wilson, Charles Woodard
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota Humanities Foundation, 1999, c1998, 1st ed.
LC5147.S8 O53 1999

Peril and promise: essays on community in South Dakota and beyond
Charles Woodard
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, c2007

HN90.C6 P47 2007
Regional directory of Native American resources
Velva-Lu Spencer; Charles Woodard, Jack W, Marken
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota State University, 1994, 2nd ed.
E78.S63 R43 1994

Reminiscing: a centennial history of Sanborn County and Woonsocket
Charles Woodard
S.l.: Jostens Publications, 1983
F657.S3 R46 1983

Shaping survival: essays by four American Indian tribal women
Authors: Lanniko L. Lee, Florestine Kiyakanpi Renville, Karen LoneHill, Lydia Whirlwind Soldier,
Editors: Jack W. Marken, Charles Woodard
Lanham, Maryland; London: Scarecrow Press, 2001
E98.W8 S53 2002

Tall tales but true: South Dakota sports stories
Bill Jensen, George Kiner, Charles Woodard
Volga, S.D.: The Dave Prohl Funding the Future Scholarship Foundation, 2002
GV584.S8 T34 2002

White, S.D., 1884-1984
Fayriene Schafer, Wanda Tyler, Charles Woodard, Linda Carlson, White History Book Committee
White, S.D.: History Book Committee, 19847
F659.W57 W57 1984

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UA 53.42

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