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Tablet 1: Found at Drehem, bill for 7 lambs and 4 kid goats
B01-I01 · Objects and artifacts · 2350 BC
Part of Cuneiform Tablet Collection

Clay Cuneiform tablet.

Purchased by South Dakota State College President Willis E. Johnson from Dr. Edgar J. Banks in 1923.

Transcribe d by Dr. by Edgar James Banks in an undated letter: Found at Drehem, a suburb of Nippur, where there was a receiving station for the temple of Bel. The inscription is a bill for 7 lambs and 4 kid goats delivered on the 4th day of the month. It is dated in the last three lines about 2350 B.C., or early in the Ur dynasty of kings who ruled from about 2400 to 2100 B.C.

Description by the [Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, UCLA](University of California, Los Angeles Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative Found Texts website:

Provenience: Puzri-Dagan (mod. Drehem)

Period:Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) period

Dates referenced: Amar-Suen.03.06.00

Material: Clay

Language: Sumerian

Genre: Administrative

Obverse: 1. 5(disz) gu4; 2. erin2 he2-bi2-la-at{ki}; 3. mu-kux(DU) / reverse: 1. iti u5-bi2-gu7; 2. mu us2-sa ma2-dara3-abzu ba-ab-du8; 3. u4 2(u) 3(disz)-kam / left: 1. 5(disz) gu4

Tablet 2: Found at Drehem, receipt of five oxen
B01-I02 · Objects and artifacts · 2350 BC
Part of Cuneiform Tablet Collection

Clay Cuneiform tablet.

Purchased by South Dakota State College President Willis E. Johnson from Dr. Edgar J. Banks in 1923.

Transcribed by Dr. Edgar J. Banks in an undated letter: Found at Drehem. A record of the receipt of five oxen apparently for the temple offerings. Also on one edge is written "5 oxen." Dated ca. 2350 B.C.

Description by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, UCLA

Provenience: Puzri-Dagan (mod. Drehem)

Period:Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) period

Dates referenced: Shu-Suen.03.0323 (us2 year) ?

Material: Clay

Language: Sumerian

Genre: Administrative

Obverse: 1. 7(disz) sila4 4(disz) masz2; 2. u4 4(disz)-kam; 3. ki ab-ba-sa6-ga-ta; 4. in-ta-e3-a / reverse; 1. ; 3-dab5; 1 line blank; 2. iti ezem-mah; 3. mu {d}gu-za {d}en-lil2-la2 ba-dim2

Tablet 4: Found at Drehem, sealed temple record
B01-I04 · Objects and artifacts · 2300 BC
Part of Cuneiform Tablet Collection

. Clay Cuneiform tablet.

Purchased by South Dakota State College President Willis E. Johnson from Dr. Edgar J. Banks in 1923.

Transcribed by Edgar James Banks: Found at Drehem. A temple record, sealed and dated about 2300 B.C.

Description by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, UCLA

Provenience: Umma (mod. Tell Jokha)

Period: Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC) / Date referenced: Shu-Suen.01.00.00

Material: clay

Language: Sumerian

Genre: Administrative

Obverse: 1. 6(disz) {gi}pisan im-sar-ra a2 na-da u4 1(u); 2. 4(disz) {gi}pisan im-sar-ra a2 u4 2(disz)-ta; 3. [...] x gesz da; 4. [...] x/ reverse: 1. ki a-gu-ta; 2. kiszib3 hu-wa-wa; 3. sza3 bala-a; 1 line blank; 4. mu {d}szu-{d}suen lugal / seal 1: 1. lu2-eb-gal;2. dub-sar; 3. dumu ur-ge6-par4; 4. gudu4 {d}inanna

Tablet 3: Found at Jokha, record of temple offerings
B01-I03 · Objects and artifacts · 2300 BC
Part of Cuneiform Tablet Collection

Clay Cuneiform tablet.

Purchased by South Dakota State College President Willis E. Johnson from Dr. Edgar J. Banks in 1923.

Transcribed by Dr. Edgar J. Banks in an undated letter: Found at Jokha, the ruin of the ancient city of Umma in Central Babylonia. >This is a typical record of the temple offerings. After the tablet was written, and while the clay was still soft, the temple scribe rolled over the entire tablet his cylindrical stone seal and the seal impression made it impossible to change the record. The seal impression bears in raised characters the name of the scribe and of his father. It is dated about 2300 B.C.

Description by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, UCLA

  • Provenience: Umma (mod. Tell Jokha)
  • Period: Ur III (ca. 2100-2000 BC)
  • Dates referenced: Iggi-Suen.01.00.00
  • Material: clay
  • Language: Sumerian
  • Genre: Administrative
  • Obverse: 1. 1(gesz2)# 4(u)# 3(disz) {gesz#}eme szinig; 3. ki e2-ur2-bi-du10-ta; 4. szabra gu4-ke4; 5. szu ba-ti / reverse: 1. a-sza3 KA da?; 2. kiszib3 nimgir-an-ne2; 3. mu {d}i-bi2-{d}suen lugal#
MA 019 · Papers · 1862, 1901, 1925-2021, undated

This collection is composed of manuscripts of books and articles written by Sneve, as well as research materials and correspondence from both publishers and fans. General items include materials related to Sneve's career such as speaking engagements and awards, as well as biographical material, journals, and hard cover copies of many of her books.

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk, 1933-
Kathleen Norris Papers
MA 047 · Papers · 1919-2020

The collection is composed of manuscripts, correspondence, galley proofs, research, books and publications related to her published works of fiction and nonfiction.
The general material is composed of Norris' juvenilia from Bennington College, instructors' mid-term and final reports of her course work from college, and biographies and interviews of Norris conducted by various media organizations. Also included is a collection of notebooks from the early 1970's to 2009. These notebooks are spiral bound and appear to be daily journals with notes and drafts of poems and essays. They also contain postcards, clippings, business cards, prayer cards, photographs, recipes, etc. Of note is the manuscript for “Elizabeth Kray’s Letters, Memos, and Notes to Marie Bullock: Two Great Ladies of American Poetry”. A 1937 edition of “Conversation at Midnight” by Edna St. Vincent Millay and signed by John H. Norris is also included.
Poetry is composed of Norris' poetry in anthologies, books, catalogs, chapbooks, contributions, and periodicals. These publications all include Norris' poetry, and some also include works by her husband, David Dwyer, (this will be noted on the front of the folder).
Nonfiction books consist of draft and annotated manuscript pages, galley proofs, cover art and typeface layout, book jackets, book notes, correspondence, research, reviews, audio books, international editions, promotional material, book tour information, advance proofs, hard cover and paperback books. Material varies with each book title. This material is arranged alphabetically by publication title.
Other writings consist mainly of essays, reviews, and sermons published in journals, anthologies, books, textbooks, etc. Also included are scripture reflections for daily devotions, Afterword’s, Forewords, Introductions, Prefaces, and Symposia to which Norris has contributed.
Works mentioning Norris are also included. They are composed of publications with articles mention Kathleen Norris.

Norris, Kathleen, 1947-
John E. Miller Papers
UA 053.015 · Papers · 1865-2020

The John E. Miller papers are composed of materials collected by Dr. Miller during his career. Included is course material, interviews, talks, writings, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and friends and colleagues. The bulk of the material is Laura Ingalls Wilder and research for his many other writings.

The general material consists of files related to Dr. Miller’s personal life outside of teaching and writing. He was involved with many organizations, such as the South Dakota Humanities Council, the South Dakota State Historical Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and history conferences, such as the Midwestern History Association and the Dakota History Conference. Included are correspondence, photographs, awards, articles about Miller, SDSU material, and family files.

Dr. Miller taught many courses during his tenure as a faculty member of the History Department at South Dakota State University. Courses include U.S. History, South Dakota history, American economic history, and methods and philosophy of history. After his retirement he taught Osher Lifetime Learning Institute [OLLI] courses on many topics such as the great depression, U.S. president and legislators, and democracy. Included are course notes, exams, and other material related to teaching history.

This material is composed of material gathered on friends and colleagues. Included is correspondence, articles, clippings, and photographs.

Dr. Miller conducted many oral history interviews during the course of his career. The recordings include many important historical figures, such as George McGovern and John Wooden, as well as prominent members of the South Dakota State University community, and SDSU faculty, staff, and administrators. His early interviews were recorded on audiocassettes, and eventually upgraded to digital recorders. There are some transcripts and permission forms for these recordings, but not all.
See the audiovisual and electronic media series for the recordings.

This series consists of many talks, presentations, and workshops given by Dr. Miller throughout his career. He also served on panels at conferences, including the Dakota History Conference and Laurapalooza. Included are notes used articles, journals, books, and research material.

Dr. Miller is one of America's leading authorities on Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane, having written many books and articles on the Wilder’s. Material consists of 16 boxes of research on books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, the Ingalls-Wilder family, places where Wilder lived, notebooks of handwritten notes, critiques of other authors works on Wilder, articles and clippings on related to Wilder, research gathered from manuscript collections related to Wilder, other authors works, and Dr. Miller’s writings.

Dr. Miller wrote many articles, books, and reviews during his career. He also wrote book chapters, collaborated with other authors, and encyclopedia entries. He was a very prolific writer and it is difficult to know whether everything he ever wrote is included in the collection. Included are manuscripts, books, articles, book proposals, notes, and correspondence with other authors and publishers.

The research material is composed of material collected by Dr. Miller for various projects. Researchers will find material on topics such as politics, elections, democracy, U.S. and South Dakota history, sports, small towns, and creativity; and historical figures such as Johnny Carson, Lawrence Welk, Sam Walton, John Wooden, Walt Disney, George McGovern, Karl Mundt, Alvin Hanson and many others too numerous to list. This material was used in his writings and in teaching his courses at SDSU.

Included are 40 boxes of articles and clippings from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, books, and online research gathered during his many trips to archives, historical societies and libraries. The material consists of notebooks and handwritten notes, writings, publications, books, and photographs. The majority of the material is photocopies, but some books, magazines, and journals are also included.

The Brookings County research is composed of research gathered by John E. Miller from the Donald D. Parker Collection held at the Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Donald D. Parker was Head of the History Department at South Dakota State University from 1943-1965. Folders consist mainly of research on early Brookings County, South Dakota and covers the years from circa 1870-1930.

The Hubert B. Mathews and Hubert Jean Mathieu Hubert B. Mathews attended Dakota Agricultural College in Brookings in 1888 and accepted a position on the college staff in 1893. He became head of the physics Department, and was the first acting dean of the Division of Engineering. He was Vice President at South Dakota State College. H.B. Mathews coordinated much of the building work on the campus during the first half of the 20th century. Mathews Hall, a dormitory on campus, is named in his honor. Professor Mathews served twice as the Mayor of Brookings from 1907-1910 and again from 1915-1917. Hubert Jean Mathieu, son of Hubert B. Mathews, graduated from South Dakota State College in 1919. He then studied painting under Harvey Dunn. He is known for his Our Democracy editorial cartoons that appeared in such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s and Cosmopolitan in the 1940s. He changed the spelling of the family name back to the original French spelling of Mathieu, supposedly for art reasons. He used the name "Mat" as his signature on many of his works.

Because of their relationship as father and son and their similar names, researchers should look at each folder carefully to ensure the correct information is gathered as material for both men is interfiled. Included are drawing of the campus of South Dakota State University by Hubert J. Mathieu as well as several of the Our Democracy editorial cartoons. The notes file was compiled by Dr. Miller and includes a notebook and several homemade note cards. The photograph file consists only of one photocopied page of three photographs of both Hubert B. and Hubert J.

The Brookings County Democratic Party records are composed of material given to John E. Miller by Ruby Mershon. Her father, Paul, was county chairman of the Brookings Democratic Party during the 1950s. Folders contain clippings, campaign material, newsletters, financial material, programs, and sample ballots. Some items of note include an official program and souvenir banner commemorating the visit of President John F. Kennedy to St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1962.

The South Dakota State University: A pictorial history, 1881-2006 research consists mainly of photocopies of clippings, articles, and yearbooks etc. Researchers will find material related to all areas of the history of South Dakota State University, from activities, athletics and administration to buildings, Hobo Day, and alumni, students and faculty.

The Looking for History of Highway 14 series is composed of research gathered by John E. Miller for this book. The book highlights fifteen towns and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Folders consist of research gathered while compiling chapters for this book and include newspapers, county history books, photographs, and notes by Miller.

This series consists of 231 audiocassettes, 10 digital recorders, 17 CDs, 1 DVD, 18 USB flash drives, 24 SD Cards as well as some born digital material.

Miller, John E. 1945-2020
Frank E. Denholm Papers
MA 074 · Papers · 1934-2016

The Frank E. Denholm Papers consist mostly of materials generated during the time he served as the representative to South Dakota’s First Congressional District, from 1971 to 1975. These materials document his work for rural America, particularly his effort to reinstate the Rural Electrification Act and numerous legislation regarding agriculture, rural water, and rural development. Press releases and newspaper clippings about his activities in Congress can be found in the papers. The collection also includes scrapbooks and memorabilia about his campaigns for Congress. In addition, there are several files of correspondence, some of which was with members of Congress and other notable people such as George McGovern and Richard Kneip. The collection includes nearly 1,500 photographs and slides, most of which relate to his campaigns for Congress. There are reel-to-reel audio recordings and video recordings on 2-inch quad video tape that consist of campaign advertisements and his work in Congress. The collection also documents Denholm’s career as a sheriff, auctioneer, F.B.I. agent, and lawyer.

The papers also contain documents relating to Frank Denholm’s wife, Mildred Niehaus Denholm. Mrs. Denholm was born May 9, 1927 to Frank F. and Elizabeth C. (Schuring) Niehaus from Andover, South Dakota. She married Frank Denholm on June 12, 1950 in Webster, South Dakota. She attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD and taught in rural schools. Mrs. Denholm also went to the Aberdeen School of Business, the Strayer Business College in Washington, D.C., and the University of Utah where she studied music. She worked as a medical and legal secretary. Mrs. Denholm actively campaigned for her husband. She was involved in the Congressional Women’s Club while Denholm was in office. Mrs. Denholm passed away August 14, 2014. The collection includes correspondence between Frank and Mildred Denholm and her activities with the Congressional Women’s Club.

MA 072 · Records · 1926-2015

The materials in this collection were gathered by various officers and members of South Dakota State Poetry Society. The collection consists of historical information, board meeting notes and minutes, correspondence, publications by the organization, publications by South Dakota poets, and the 2015 Poet Laureate recommendation to the Governor.

South Dakota State Poetry Society
MA 053 · Papers · 1914-2014

The collection consists of materials relating to his work with research and production of small grains such as wheat, oats, and flax, and in particular the development of Hope Wheat. In addition, the collection contains biographical information about McFadden and his writings and speeches.

McFadden, Edgar S. (Edgar Sharp), 1891-1956
Sherwood O. Berg Papers
UA 053.013 · Papers · 1940-2014, undated

This collection is composed of the papers of Sherwood O. Berg. Material is composed of papers related to the National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, the United States Agency for International Development, organizations, biographical papers, and speeches. Also included is some material related to Berg’s term as president of South Dakota State University
The National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 4, 1965 on which Sherwood O. Berg served as chairperson. This material makes up the bulk of the collections and is composed of correspondence, reports, hearing and meeting records, and publications. This material covers a range of topics from cotton and hunger to agriculture and government policies.

Berg, Sherwood O. (Sherwood Olman) 1919-2014
Robert F. Karolevitz Papers
MA 039 · Papers · 1833-2011

The papers of Robert F. Karolevitz (1922-) span the years 1833-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from 1910-1999. The collection is composed personal, professional, and research files, as well as photographs.

The personal files span the years 1894-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from 1968-1981. The bulk of this series is composed of material relating to personal areas of Karolevitz's life not directly related with his professional writing career. The exception to this would be the correspondence series which is composed of material related to both his professional and personal life and includes correspondence with family members and friends. Materials include audio visual material, awards and recognition, clubs and organizations, committees and boards, correspondence, education, ephemera and collected materials, family, financial and legal documents, and material related to Karolevitz’s other interests and activities.

The professional files span the years 1947-2002, with the bulk of the material dating from 1960-1969. The series consists of material created by Karolevitz during his career. Included are articles that were published in various periodicals, manuscripts and other material related to books written by Karolevitz, columns written for several different newspapers, commercial writing and advertising material, political ghostwriting material and speech files. Also included is material related to publishers, other writings, and other material related to writings, such as layout material, rejection slips, and catalogs that listed his books for sale.

The research files span the years 1833-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from 1910-1999. The series is composed of material collected by Karolevitz relating either directly to research for books and articles that he wrote or material that was of interest to him. Material consists mainly of clippings of newspapers and magazine articles, publications, booklets, brochures, pamphlets, photographs and illustrations, correspondence, notes written by Karolevitz and other miscellaneous collected material. Many folders contain only one or a few items.

The photographs are composed of images Karolevitz collected and used in his many publications. Included are images related to automobiles, journalism, medicine, religion, people, and places.

Karolevitz, Robert F.
B06_F13_045 · 2010-10-08
Part of Oak Lake Writers' Society Records

Poster for the Oak Lake Writer's Society readings at the South Dakota Festival of Book in Lead, South Dakota. Ronya Hoblit, Mabel Picotte, Deanna Stands, Kim TallBear, and Lydia Whirlwind Soilier read from 'He Sappa Woihanble.

UA 9: B05-F09 · Folder · 1994-2010
Part of College of Family and Consumer Sciences Records
  • 1978 - B.S. South Dakota State University
  • 1984 - M.S. Colorado State University
  • 1988 - Ph.D. Ohio University
  • 1996-2010 - Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Professor, Graduate Faculty
  • 2010-2016 - Provost and VIce President for Academic Affairs, Professor, Graduate Faculty
UA 7: B03-F14 · Folder · 2003-2009
Part of College of Education and Human Sciences Records
  • 1965 - B.S. University of Sioux Falls
  • 1968 - M.Div. Central Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1974 - M.Ed. South Dakota State University
  • 1980 - Ed.D. University of South Dakota
  • 1980-1990 - Assistant Professor, Education
  • 1990-1992 - Professor, Graduate Faculty
  • 1992-1996 - Professor, Head of Counseling and Human Resource Development, Graduate Faculty
  • 2004-2007 - Associate Dean and Professor, Education and Counseling
  • 2007-2010 - Interim Dean and Professor, Education and Counseling
  • 2011-2023 - Associate Deam Emeritus of the College of Education and Counseling, Professor Emeritus
MA 012 · Records · 1914-2009

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

South Dakota Farmers Union
Baker, Elroy
7 · Folder · 2007-05-16
Part of South Dakota Farmers Union Records

South Dakota Farmers Union Communications Director, Chuck Groth, Cooperative Legacy Project interview with Elroy Baker, former manager of the Wikota Farmers Union Oil Company.