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Frank L. Farrar papers

Identifier: MS-056

Content Description

This collection contains materials primarily related to the work of Frank L. Farrar during his time as South Dakota governor.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restriction. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Frank L. Farrar was born April 2, 1929 in Britton, South Dakota. Farrar was the only Governor of South Dakota who was also elected governor at South Dakota Boys State. He attended and graduated the University of South Dakota with a business degree and a law degree. He served in the Korean War. In 1953, he married Patricia Henley and had five children.

After leaving the army, Farrar opened a law practice in Britton, served as Marshall County Judge and State's Attorney for Marshall County. He was also elected president of the South Dakota State's Attorneys Association. Then, Farrar was elected as the youngest South Dakota Attorney General for three two-year terms in 1962.

In 1968, Farrar was elected governor. One of his major accomplishments was signing the Narcotics Drug Act to fight against drug users and dealers. In 1970 he was defeated for reelection and returned to practice law.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 document boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository