South Dakota State Archives

State Government Records

State and local records are administered by the state records management system and the Records Destruction Board. State Archives staff review all records before they are approved for destruction. More than 12,000 cubic feet of records are reviewed each year and approximately 1% are selected for permanent retention in the archives collections.

The State Archives only has authority to claim records if they are designated for destruction or if they are offered by the creating agency.

Each agency has developed a records retention and destruction schedule. For more information regarding records retention and disposal please contact the State Records Manager or the State Archivist.

Government Records Collections
Information about some government collections may be found on the Online Resources pages. Some government collections have been cataloged and descriptions are available through SDLN. Additionally, state government web sites are archived and information that was available on agency websites is available through Archive-IT.

Records held at the State Archives are accessioned by series according to the agency that created them and the date they were received.

The State Archives operates a microfilming unit that is able to assist with microfilming and digitization of records. Please contact the microfilm unit for information on services. Phone: 605-369-4417