South Dakota Farmers Union Records

Artz, Kenneth Baker, Elroy Barry, Viola Birgen, Mathew Bubbers, Grace Cain, Elmo Carlson, Vernon and Ruth Ann Carmondy, John (Jack) L. Ching, Robert Cross, Stanley Dodge, Rodney Dragseth, Gene Elliott, Arlene Schley Evenson, Marvin French, Gary Gerlach, Ronald Glanzer, Aaron Glanzer, Emma Goldammer, Ervin Grebner, Warren Hafner, Joan M. Hagny, Dennis Hardy, Le Roy Harwood, Richard Henderson, Darrell Herriott, Virgil Hexom, J. Gene Hieb, Joseph Holter, Julian E. and Verna Johnson, Robert A. Jones, Eunice L. Jones, Owen Kloucek, Clement Larson, Loyd B. Levin, George D. Louden, Quentin E. Martin, Robert F. Mathews, Joe McBrayer, John W. (Jack) Moos, Tyrone Nearhood, Harold Olson, Franklin Olson, George Parsley, Scott L. Paulsen, Donald Quillon, John R. Radcliffe, Ben Rademacher, Robert D. Sanderson, Cecil Schecher, Leroy D.
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Reference code

MA 012

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Records

Title

South Dakota Farmers Union Records

Date(s)

  • 1914-2009 (Creation)

Extent

58.63 linear feet (61 boxes)

Name of creator

(1914-)

Administrative history

Newspaperman Isaac Newton Gresham founded the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union at Point, Texas in 1902. The Union was organized to protect and promote the interests of family farmers. The Union became a national organization in 1905. / The Farmers Union came to South Dakota about 1914. Former members of the Nebraska Farmers Union who moved to South Dakota to farm introduced the organization. Farmer’s Union officials did much of the early work in organizing from Nebraska. / The Farmers Union of South Dakota was organized into a state unit at Mitchell on March 16, 1917. This was the first state convention to be held in South Dakota. There were fourteen counties represented at the convention by 268 delegates. By this time, there were 134 locals in South Dakota. / The educational program of the South Dakota Farmers Union has been a vital part of the state organization. The Union pioneered many activities in education that other state units adopted. One of the important functions of the early Union was the collective purchasing of supplies such as flour, coal, twine, etc.

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Scope and content

The records are comprised of correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, scrapbooks, photographs, oral history interviews, audio-visual materials, and the records of local unions.

System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into series:

  • Audio-Visual
  • Collected material
  • Cooperative Legacy Project
  • General
  • Local Unions
  • Photographs
  • Publications

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Conditions governing access

Open. Items in this collection 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.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Related archival materials

  • Emil Loriks: builder of a new economic order, Williams Elizabeth E., Sioux Falls, S.D., Center for Western Studies, 1987.
    Call number: SD Collection: F651.L67 W54 1987

  • The family farmers' advocate: South Dakota Farmers Union, 1914-2000, Oyos, Lynwood , Sioux Falls, S.D.: Center for Western Studies,
    2000, c1999
    Call number: SD Collection: HD6515.A292 S65 2000

  • The inventional components of Emil Loriks' agrarian farmers'union rhetoric, 1934-1938, Williams, Elizabeth E., Thesis (M.A.) Speech Dept., South Dakota State University, 1983.
    Call number: Archives: LB2385.W67 1983

  • South Dakota union farmer, Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America. South Dakota Division, Huron, S.D.: South
    Dakota Farmers Union, 1917
    Call number: 630.7305 So87

  • Saving the Voices of South Dakota Farmers Union online exhibit https://www.sdstate.edu/sdsu-archives-and-special-collections/saving-voices-south-dakota-farmers-union

  • South Dakota Farmers Union Records on the Digital Library of South Dakota https://explore.digitalsd.org/digital/collection/p17102coll5/search

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MA012

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MA 12

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