James N. Dornbush Papers

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UA 053.018

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James N. Dornbush Papers


  • 1937-2006 (Accumulation)


14 linear feet (14 records boxes)

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Biographical history

James Norman Dornbush was born February 16, 1928, at Aberdeen, South Dakota, to Isaac Henry and Beatrice (Yocum) Dornbush. He grew up and graduated from high school at Pollock, South Dakota. He received his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State College in 1949, and then taught for two years at State. On August 7, 1952, Jim married Maxine Biggar in Brookings. He served in the U.S. Army from July 18, 1952, until September 7, 1953. He earned his master's degree in public health and sanitary engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1959 and his doctorate in environmental and sanitary engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1962. In 1964 the Dornbush's returned to Brookings where Jim was a professor in the Civil Engineering Department at SDSU. He did extensive research and consultation in water pollution control and sanitary engineering.

Jim was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Rotary International, the Elks, and several professional organizations.

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Scope and content

This collection is composed of reports on experiments conducted at the Big Stone Power Plant, collected material, files related to his consulting work with Dorand Engineering Services, personal material consisting of correspondence, class lectures, research, community involvement, and publications.

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This collection is arranged into series:

  • Series 1. Big Stone Power Plant
  • Series 2. Collected material
  • Series 3. Dorand Engineering Services
  • Series 4. Personal material
  • Series 5. Publications.

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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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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 53.18

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