The Charlotte V. Carver -- South Dakota Arts Council Papers largely consist of correspondence, speeches, and other documents written and accumulated by Charlotte Carver during her time as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Arts Council (1967-1988). The creation of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966 helped to fund the fledgling organization, along with state financing. Under her guidance, the arts in South Dakota flourished. The annual budget for the SDAC began in 1967 with $25,000, and by the end of Carver's tenure was distributing over $750,000. Some of the accomplishments of the council included touring programs, artists-in-schools, and the creation of the numerous local arts councils. Items included in this collection range from Charlotte Carver's correspondence and speeches to council related photographs and newspaper clippings. The Charlotte V. Carver -- South Dakota Arts Council Papers are available at the Center for Western Studies.
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