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Photo Collection

The South Dakota State Historical Society-State Archives has collected photographs since its founding in 1891. Through digitization we are able to present some of our images while still providing the care needed for their preservation. This on-line collection is made possible through grants as well as support from private individuals.

Photo Collection

Manuscript Collection

The Manuscripts Collection is a compilation of digital images from original documents held in the collections of the South Dakota State Archives. The manuscript collections were created by private individuals and organizations.

Manuscript Collection

Government Collections

The South Dakota State Archives collects and preserves significant historical government resources from South Dakota’s past. Digital material in this collection is presented to inform and help foster understanding of the people and achievements that have shaped the history of South Dakota.

Government Collections

GLO Land Survey Field Notes

This collection contains the original land survey field notes created by the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Field notes are searchable by township and range numbers. More books are added regularly.

GLO Land Survey Field Notes

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Welcome! The South Dakota Digital Archives was launched in January 2012 by the South Dakota State Archives to provide digital access to unique historical records. This site features materials such as photographs, reports and other media from the archives collections.  Enjoy your virtual trip into South Dakota history.

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