South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Records

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UA 039

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South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Records


  • 1978-2009 (del)


0.42 linear feet (1 document case)

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Administrative history

The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum was created in 1967 by South Dakota State University [SDSU] and from 1975-1995 was a program of the South Dakota State Historical Society. In April 1995, the museum again became affiliated with SDSU and now reports directly to the Vice President for Administration. / The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is a museum that provides South Dakota residents and visitors with increased opportunities to know and appreciate the important role of agriculture and rural life in the state's past. The Agricultural Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, and interpretation of objects relating to South Dakota agriculture and rural life between 1860 and the present. It is concerned not only with related technologies, crops and livestock, but also with the human experiences, institutions, and cultures that have shaped and been shaped by the state's rural landscape and environment. / The permanent staff and part-time workers of the museum are involved in the five functions essential to any museum operation: collecting, restoring and preserving, researching, exhibiting, and interpreting objects of significance to the museum's scope and purpose.

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Scope and content

This collection is an artificial collection composed of material by or about the South Dakota Art Museum. Material is added as it is unearthed. No attempt is made to systematically collect this information. Folders consist of newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, and exhibition catalogs.

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Conditions governing access

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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Conditions governing reproduction

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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UA 39

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  • Document Case: UA 039 - Box 01 - SD Agricultural Heritage Museum Records