Faculty Association Records

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UA 050.02

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Faculty Association Records


  • 1946-1972 (Accumulation)


0.84 linear feet (2 document cases)

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The Faculty Association papers represent the initial founding of the South Dakota State College [SDSC] The Faculty Association in 1946 and its evolution through the years. The stated purpose of the Faculty Association was to perfect some administrative measure that would insure unity and cooperation between the faculty, administration and Regents. According to the first constitution, this included a way to provide procedures for carrying out duties and responsibilities of the faculty, and as a way for faculty to cooperate and to elect representatives. Membership in this organization included all faculty members with the rank of instructor or above.

The Faculty Association was never a decision-making body. Rather, its role was to provide an outlet for questions related to general faculty welfare. The association did elect up to 5 representatives to the President's Administrative Council, which was the governing council of administrators and did act as a policy making body.

By the late 1960's, the role of the Faculty Association changed slightly. When the faculty voted to create an Academic Senate, the Faculty Association was phased out slowly, to allow for transition. In 1970, after the faculty voted to create an Academic Senate, the Faculty Association continued to meet for continuity's sake. After 1972, they ceased to function at all.

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The Faculty Association Records are composed of constitution, minutes and correspondence files. Most of the latter consists entirely of correspondence from or to the acting head of the association. Also included are committee records series spans the years 1946-1972, with the bulk of material from 1952-1960. Included are committee assignments and studies completed by various committees. Although the names of the individual committees changed over time, their function remained essentially the same. Committees were formed around the topics of tenure, promotion and rank, salary, insurance, retirement, and other such topics.

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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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UA 50.2

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