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Kent Scribner papers

Identifier: MS-270

Content Description

This collection contains the papers of Kent Scribner highlighting his activities as a student of University of South Dakota (1956-1961), and later his career as a development officer for the USD Foundation (1995-2006). The papers consist of correspondence, photographs, VHS tapes, and event programs on USD campus. This collection includes information for the USD building dedications and history that relate to the Buildings, Other Structures, and Utilities Collection in the University Archives.


  • Creation: 1889 - 2011
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1957 - 1961
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1998 - 2007


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to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC.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

Kent Scribner was born in Iowa, but lived most of his life in Sioux Falls, SD. He entered the University of South Dakota in 1956 and graduated with a Political Science undergraduate degree in 1960. While at USD, Scribner was editor of the student newspaper, The Volante, and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Then, Scribner attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a master’s degree in Public Administration. Following that, he had served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1965, he returned to Sioux Falls, SD and pursued a career in marketing and public relations. From 1995 to 2006, Scribner was a development officer for the USD Foundation, during which he was predominantly involved with the capital campaign named Campaign South Dakota. Scribner also worked closely with Mary Jean (Hynes) Fine to have her Native American family diaries translated.


1 Linear Feet (one record carton and one oversize folder)

Language of Materials



These files were created while Kent Scribner was a student at USD (1956-1961) and when Scribner was a development officer for the USD Foundation (1995-2006).


The arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of an original order. The records are arranged in seven series, none have any subseries. The series are arranged alphabetically, and then the contents of each series are then arranged by date. The series are arranged in seven series:

Series I: Diaries, 1913-2003 This series contains the correspondence for the attainment of Mary Jean (Hynes) Fine family diaries, and the series includes the published biography of Dr. Ruth A. Frary titled Becoming a Doctor, 1913-1937.

Series II: Fraternity Materials, 1956- 2003 This series contains information regarding the pledge books for Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity 1956, and then information of Scribner’s involvement in the Alpha Tau Omega 1956-2003, as a member and as well as his time on the board, 1956-2003.

Series III: USD Event Programs, 1889-2011 The series contains programs for events that happened on campus that Kent Scribner collected during his time as a student and then later when he worked at the USD Foundation.

Series IV: USD Foundation, 1998- 2007 The series contains information regarding the USD Foundation and Kent Scribner’s involvement including the Reports to Trustees, the Campaign South Dakota, and the Update.

Series V: USD Publications, 1959-1969 This series contains student publications: Blast magazine 1959 and 1967, and the University of South Dakota Alumni Dakotan magazine, 1969.

Series VI: Photographs, 1957-1999 The photographs included in this series are that of Kent Scribner in his formal fraternity pictures, 1957-1958, and pictures of the renovation/building of the Wagner Center in 1999.

Series VII: Video Tapes, 1997-2001 All video cassette tapes in this collection are VHS format. This series contains a video of the summer celebration of Old Main in 1997, Volumes 1 and 2, a taped recording of KCAU TV 9 about Old Main, 1997, the video of 2001 “The Physics of Life” lecture for the Lawrence Symposium, and the tape titled Project '93: Save Old Main.

Processing Information

The collection was not kept in its original order. The collection was put into a new order and into acid-free folders.

Kent Scribner papers
Kendra Brewer
2019 October
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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository