Genealogy: South Dakota, Library and society resource list

South Dakota, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. South Dakota Genealogical Society:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~sdgenweb/gensoc/sdgensoc.htm l
  2. South Dakota State Historical Society / Office of History:  http://www.sdhistory.org/
  3. South Dakota State Archives:  http://www.sdhistory.org/archives.htm
  4. South Dakota State Library:  http://www.sdstatelibrary.com/

University Archives and Collections (9)

  1. Augustana College. Center for Western Studies:   http://www.augie.edu/CWS/
  2. Black Hills State University:   http://iis.bhsu.edu/lis/specialcollections/index.cfm
  3. Dakota State University:   http://www.departments.dsu.edu/library/archive/default.htm
  4. Dakota Wesleyan University:   http://www.dwu.edu/library/archives.htm
  5. South Dakota State University:   http://lib.sdstate.edu/archives/index.html
  6. University of South Dakota. National Music Museum:   http://www.usd.edu/smm/research.html
  7. University of South Dakota. South Dakota Oral History Center:   http://www.usd.edu/iais/oralhist/ohc.html
  8. University of South Dakota. Special Collections:   http://www.usd.edu/library/special/
  9. University of South Dakota, I.D. Weeks Library, Archives & Special Collections:  http://www.usd.edu/library/special/collections.shtml

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (1)

  1. Deadwood–City of Deadwood:   http://www.cityofdeadwood.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={01D4DE42-AE8D-42C2-890D-67BA82A6C055}

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. South Dakota State Library:  http://www.sdstatelibrary.com/

This site provides users with online library catalog and electronic databases. Special sections designed for kids and teens allow the target users to search for information through interactive interfaces.

Digital Library Collections (1)

  1. South Dakota State Historical Society, South Dakota Memory:    http://www.sdhistory.org/sdmemory/Default.asp