Maude Klinefelter's Scrapbook
Maude Klinefelter was the university's secretary-treasurer from the time it opened its doors in 1918 until her retirement in 1954. During that time she collected pictures, newspaper articles, letters and other items and put them into a scrapbook that is now commonly referred to as the most complete historical record of the origins and progress of the college. This 79-page scrapbook is the sole source for numerous basic documents from the university's history prior to World War II.
Items in the scrapbook include early class schedules, course lists and catalogs. Hundreds of photographs illustrate faculty, buildings, classrooms and such campus activities as homecoming, sports, music and drama.
In addition, the scrapbook preserves many programs for graduations, plays, operettas, banquets, music recitals and homecoming events. The first student publication, Sakakawea, published in December 1919, is also in the scrapbook. Klinefelter worked on the scrapbook for some time after her retirement; she passed away Jan. 25, 1961.
This fall, the scrapbook was selected as one of 100 items from the DSU archives to be scanned as part of the Digital Horizon projects, an online treasure house of images, documents, video, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today. It is an initiative of a consortium that includes Concordia College Archives, NDSU Institute for Regional Studies & University Archives, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and Prairie Public Broadcasting.
To see DSU's documents go to http://digitalhorizonsonline.org/, then type Dickinson State University into the search box.