South Dakota Board of Regents Records

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UA 052.05

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South Dakota Board of Regents Records


  • 1911-2008 (Accumulation)


22.42 linear feet (22 records boxes, 1 document case)

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Administrative history

In 1890, the new legislature agreed to a governing board for higher education in the state. A nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor was established as the Regents of Education. These regents were to govern alongside each university's Board of Trustees, which had most of the power over individual institutions. / The dual system of control was carried on for six years, until the South Dakota Legislature became aware of the problems of the two-board system. In November 1896, the South Dakota Constitution was amended to name a five-member Board of Regents, which would be in control of all educational institutions in the state. / Today, after a number of further structural changes, the Board of Regents consists of nine members, including a student regent. Terms of office are for six years, with the exception of the student who serves for only two. The Board of Regents is the constitutional governing board for the six South Dakota universities and two special schools. The Board approved budgets, faculty appointments, salaries and curricula to name a few of its roles.

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This collection is composed of minutes and materials published by the South Dakota Board of Regents and collected by the office of the president and various other department at South Dakota State University. The minutes series is composed of agendas, minutes, and material related to meetings. The later minutes include an index to the minutes with subject notations in the margins. The publications are composed of items published by the South Dakota Board of Regents.

System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:

  • Series 1. Minutes
  • Series 2. 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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Conditions governing reproduction

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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South Dakota Board of Regents minutes of the meeting, 1963-
Pierre, S.D.: Board of Regents; [19--?]-
Call number: L200.M52

Online content:

South Dakota Board of Regents

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UA 52.5

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