Department of Music Records

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UA 006.04

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Department of Music Records


  • 1900-2017 (Creation)


11.13 linear feet [9 record boxes, 1 document case, 2 document cases-half, 1 oversize box-flat]

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Music has been taught at South Dakota State University since its founding in 1881. The department was first called the Department of Music and Physical Culture. During the 1904-05 school year, a four-year Department of Music was created with four faculty members. Courses in piano, voice, stringed instruments, orchestra, pipe organ, band instruments, and theoretical studies were available. The courses were continued until the Great Depression years when the music major was dropped. It was not reinstated until after World War II. Once the music major was reinstated, course work in music went on much as before. In addition to coursework, students interested in music could participate in a number of extracurricular activities, including chorus, orchestra, and band. / Significant curriculum changes occurred in 1975, resulting in a growth in enrollment of music majors that included the establishment of three-degree programs – BA in Music, BS in Music, BME (Bachelor of Music Education), and the National Accreditation of the Music Program. / According to the 1996-98 Bulletin, the Music Department offers three-degree options: BA-Music Major, MS-Music Merchandising Major, and Bachelor of Music Education. A Minor in Music is also available.

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Scope and content

The collectioin consist of a sample of early twentieth century letterhead for the Department of Music, alumni newsletters, choir related photographs, promotional material, and an example of student writing. Also included are t-shirts promoting the Pride of the Dakota marching band. This material is arranged alphabetically.

The bulk of the collection consists of programs for band, orchestra, choral, and ensemble events, including the Brookings Chamber Music Society series, as well as, Faculty and Student Recitals, including Junior and Senior Recitals. Many, but not all, include program notes or translations. Some contain newspaper clippings, promotional material such as posters, and photographs. This material is arranged chronologically by date of the event.

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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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Please also see the Notable People Collection, UA 25, for information on individuals.
For photographs, please refer to the Photograph Collection.

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UA 6.4


Music Department Records

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