Archives

Mission Statement

The State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society collects, appraises, accessions, describes, organizes, preserves, determines significance, and makes available manuscript collections, South Dakota state, county, and town government records, photographs, maps, and other archival materials which have permanent historical and research value.

In order to accomplish this mission, the State Archives:

  • accessions archival materials to ensure preservation, clear organization, and ease of retrieval

  • researches and provides assistance to visiting researchers, government employees, and the general public

  • provides knowledge of archival principals and professional practices


  • seeks out and acquires collections revealing the history of South Dakota from various time periods


  • provides physical storage and procedures for handling collections to ensure their continued preservation


  • creates finding aids, repository guides, and web pages to locate and describe archive collections


  • oversees microfilming of newspapers and other records to assist in their preservation and dissemination


  • performs preservation treatments on materials to ensure their longevity

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  • informs and assists other repositories which hold materials relating to South Dakota history

  • places emphasis on the need to collection, preserve, and make available digital records.