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Title  Lewis Ellsworth Akeley Papers
Span Dates 1900-1963
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1916-1959)
Quantity 1.5 linear ft.
Printed Material Printed Materials are found in Box 1.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Lewis Ellsworth Akeley was one of the original faculty of the University of South Dakota. From 1887 until 1908 he served as a professor of chemistry and physics, but also taught courses in Latin, physical geography and physiology. Akeley assisted Alexander Pell in establishing an engineering department in 1903 which would become the College of Engineering in 1907. Akeley became the college’s second dean in 1908 and served until its end in 1933. Thereafter, at the age of 72, Akeley “retired” and taught part-time as a lecturer in philosophy until his mid-nineties. Akeley remained active with the university until his passing in 1961 at the age of 100.

Akeley was a professor of natural science who also believed that classicism was an integral part of education. With regard to the establishment of the College of Engineering, Akeley wrote, “I experienced a new birth that completed my academic journey through classicism to science and then to technology.” Much of the material in this collection contains his writings on philosophical topics.

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