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South Dakota Archives Month 2022 - "History on the Move"

Archives Month is held each year in October to highlight the importance of our public historic records and to encourage access to our history through our state's archives, historical societies, libraries, county governments and other historical repositories. The month-long celebration coincides with the American Archives Month established by the Society of American Archivists.


Help us promote Archives Month by printing and displaying this poster.

Download the Poster (PDF) - we recommend printing on 11 x 17 paper
Governor's Proclamation

Governor Noem has issued a proclamation declaring October 2022 to be Archives Month in South Dakota. Click the link below to see entire proclamation.

Governor's Proclamation (PDF)

Calendar of Events

To add an event to the calendar, contact us at (605) 773-3804 or

Electronic Records Day

Monday, October 10th

October 10th is designated as "Electronic Records Day" by the Council of State Archivists. Electronic files are much more fragile than paper records, and their long-term survival requires attention and planning. Watch the State Archives' social media on Electronic Records Day for tips on preserving and managing electronic files.

#AskAnArchivist Day

Wednesday, October 12th
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
On Twitter

#AskAnArchivist Day is a national event sponsored by the Society of American Archivists. Follow the Twitter conversation using #AskAnArchivist and send questions to us @SDArchives.

"Sightings, Shadows, and Superstitions"

Friday, October 14th
1:00 p.m. (CT)
Rawlins Municipal Library, 1000 E. Church St., Pierre, SD

South Dakota is about average for unexplained occurrences of all kinds. Archivist Virginia Hanson has discovered a number of "odd," "strange," or "supernatural" instances in the files at the State Archives - enough to make us wonder about the local citizenry of South Dakota, if not ourselves. Join her for a free presentation with some of the best stories, photos and documents, and maybe even a ghost or two.

"Recently Accessioned Manuscript Collections"

Thursday, October 27th
View on YouTube!

Manuscript archivist Matthew Reitzel highlights some of the manuscript collections processed within the last year at the South Dakota State Archives.

"What to Keep, What to Throw, and Care of Your Family Documents and Photos"

Thursday, October 27th
2:00 p.m. (CT)
Grant County Library, 207 E. Park Ave., Milbank, SD

Archivist Virginia Hanson presents on organizing and protecting your family history research, and what to do when no one wants to inherit your collection. Free program, but please contact the Grant County Library (605-432-6543) to register.

"Beginning Genealogy Using the Library and Archives"

Friday, October 28th
2:00 p.m. (CT)
Britton Public Library, 755 7th St, Britton, SD

Join archivist Virginia Hanson for a free program on how to get started researching your family history.

Don't forget to follow the South Dakota State Archives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We'll be sharing highlights from our collections, upcoming projects, tips for preserving your important photos and documents, and information about other historical repositories all month long.


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