English Department Records

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UA 006.02

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English Department Records


  • 1974-2013 (Creation)


0.84 linear feet (2 document cases - 1 is long)

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From the opening of the College, English has been an established course of study. In the early years, there were three courses in English listed: Course I, agriculture; Course II, the general college course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science; and Course III, civil engineering. In each of these courses, the emphasis was on grammar, composition, speech, rhetoric, theory and practice, literature and history of English drama. Through the years, similar courses have been taught, and continue to be taught today. / According to the 1998-2000 bulletin, courses in the English Department are divided into two areas: English and linguistics. The department offers instruction in clear thinking and expression, in the history and use of language, in literature, in literary criticism; and in technical communications. An English major prepares students for teaching careers; for writing and editorial work; for professional schools of law, business, theology, library science, and social work; and for any endeavor in which facility in the use of language is essential.

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This collection is composed of departmental records generated by the English Department such as newsletters, pamphlets, and promotional material for events and conferences. Also included are the Pioneer Women Papers which consist of original investigations of women writers in the region completed by students for the course "Women Writers of the Great Plains," taught during 1978-1979 school year. Material is composed of publications produced by the English Department. Material includes newsletters, pamphlets, and posters.
The pioneer women files were completed as original investigations of women writers in the region for the course: "Women Writers of the Great Plains," taught in 1978-1979 under a special grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education of the Modern Language Association for a project: "Teaching Women's Literature from a Regional Perspective." The course was taught by Dr. Ruth Alexander, Professor of English and supervised by Dr. Leonore Hoffman of the Modern Language Association office. The series consists of papers written by students of this course, a press release, and news clippings. The papers include notes by the instructor and a final grade. Also included in the papers are some pamphlets and photographs.

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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.

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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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Oakwood, South Dakota State University
Brookings, S.D.: South Dakota State University, 1975-
Call number: PS571.S9 O2

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Oakwood is an annual literature and arts magazine published at South Dakota State University since 1975. SDSU students edit the journal, led by faculty advisors. Accepting diverse forms of literature and art, Oakwood is published during the spring of each year. It is distributes printed hard copies to contributors, the campus community, and other interested parties, and shortly thereafter make this digital version available worldwide via SDSU’s Open PRAIRIE Repository.


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UA 6.2

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  • Document Case: UA 006.02 - Box 01 - English Department Records
  • Document Case, Long: UA 006.02 - Box 02 - English Department Records