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1939 aerial

A 1939 aerial photo taken of campus showing the central building, the old football field, a baseball field, and construction of Seymour Hall. ...more


Northern Students show their school pride by positioning themselves in the formation of an N. ...more

Industrial Arts

Students work in an industrial arts class. ...more

Freshman Orientation, 1958

Head Freshman Orientation 1958 L-R 1. Carl Rogers, Jim Boullion, Jim Olson, Gerald Cutshaw, Jon Wade, Maurice Darsett, Charles Geboe, Tobias Moran, Don Doyle, Herbert Helm, Terry Jordre, Jim Baer 2. Donna Gerdes, Jane Arithson, Mary Gay Tonner, Janis Pearson, Carole Ganje, Carol Freitag, Sandra Auby, Lenda Frazee, Sandra Mass, Sydney Ann Zeller, Jack Sweetland, Bill Aldous 3. Paul Cedar, Frank Bohall, Kay Kraft, Carol Baxter, Glorianne Oshorne, Elsbeth Baris, Patricia Heagly, Marilyn Christopherson, Beverly Griffin, Betty Lou Reed, Sharon Bindenagel, Janice Schoniger, Willard Biederstedt, Terry Osborn


The Northern State University Archives and Special Collections are home to collections documenting the history of NSU and the surrounding region. Archives staff members are committed to the preservation of historically significant materials that document the area's rich and vibrant history. Rare books, photographs, documents, artifacts, and digital resources are all available to interested researchers. The subjects and content vary, but most have a South Dakota or Northern State connection. Our large book collection relates to South Dakota history, American Indian history, local and regional history, and the history of Northern State University. We also have a collection of books by South Dakota authors, including fiction and nonfiction, as well as a small collection of rare books.

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