South Dakota Nurses' Association Records

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MA 030

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South Dakota Nurses' Association Records


  • 1899-2000 (Accumulation)


35.26 linear feet (33 boxes)

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The South Dakota Nurses’ Association was formed on July 11, 1916 as the South Dakota State Association of Graduate Nurses. At this first meeting in Rapid City, only seventeen nurses were present. The SDNA became the forty-third constituent group of the American Nurses Association, which had been created in 1901. The new members selected Mrs. Elizabeth Dryborough to be the first President. / In 1929, the organization’s name was changed to its present one of the South Dakota Nurses’ Association. At this time, the district system of organization was also introduced. The state was divided into three districts, one west of the Missouri River and two east. The divisions would remain this way until 1957, when the state was reorganized into the thirteen districts that are used today. / The South Dakota Nurses’ Association has worked to improve the quality of nursing care in South Dakota since its creation in 1916. The first project the organization worked on was the creation of a Nurse Practice Act for South Dakota which would set educational standards for nursing schools and create a state examining board to oversee the licensure of nurses. This act was passed by the 1917 legislature and created what became the present-day South Dakota Board of Nursing. / The SDNA has been involved in many other projects to improve nursing care. They have been very involved in the debates over what level of education should be required to become a nurse and over whether or not practicing nurses should be required to take continuing education classes. They have been very active in lobbying the legislature to try to get health care bills passed. Through the years they have given nurses in the state a chance to learn new techniques and share experiences through conventions, workshops, and classes. They also publish a periodical called the South Dakota Nurse, which provides another way for nurses to keep up with changes in the profession.

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This collection is composed of records of the South Dakota Nurses’ Association. Records consist mainly of committee files, minutes, correspondence, reports, membership files, convention material, project files, lobby material, scrapbooks, publications, and material dealing with associated groups.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into series:

  • Series 1. Committees
  • Series 2. Task Forces
  • Series 3. Correspondence
  • Series 4. Forums
  • Series 5. Board of Directors
  • Series 6. Reports
  • Series 7. Membership
  • Series 8. Districts
  • Series 9. Nurses Day
  • Series 10. March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award
  • Series 11. Convention
  • Series 12. Projects
  • Series 13. American Nurses Association
  • Series 14. Lobbyist
  • Series 15. Allied Groups
  • Series 16. General
  • Series 17. Collected Publications
  • Series 18. Association Publications
  • Series 19. Scrapbooks
  • Series 20. South Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Series 21. League for Nursing
  • Series 22. Nursing Education and Schools
    -Series 23. Nursing history
  • Series 24. Audio-visual material
  • Series 25. Three-dimensional Objects
  • Series 26. S.D.L.N.E.
    -Series 27. National-State Leaders

Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series.

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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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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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Nursing history in South Dakota, Erickson, R. Esther
Sioux Falls, S.D., South Dakota Nurses Association, 1973.
Call number: SD Collection: RT5.S6 E7

The South Dakota nurse, South Dakota Nurses Association
Sioux Falls, S.D., South Dakota Nurses Association, 1958-.
Call number: Periodicals/Lower Level: 610.7305 So87

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MA 30

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