South Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Laura Hall Heuermann and Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the South Dakota Family History Research series.
History of South Dakota
South Dakota Vital Records
Census Records for South Dakota
Background Sources for South Dakota
South Dakota Maps
South Dakota Land Records
South Dakota Probate Records
South Dakota Court Records
South Dakota Tax Records
South Dakota Cemetery Records
South Dakota Church Records
South Dakota Military Records
South Dakota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
South Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
South Dakota Naturalizations
Native Americans of South Dakota
South Dakota County Resources
Map of South Dakota

South Dakota State Historical Society

Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501-2294

The society is administratively responsible for the state's archives and library of printed and microfilm material, which comprise the research collection, as well as the Archaeological Research Center. Its holdings increase annually with many described in various sections of this chapter.

South Dakota Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1101
Winner, SD 57501-1101

In addition to publishing the society's quarterly periodical, the society has a number of affiliated local organizations. The website provides contact information to all those organizations.

The Center for Western Studies

Augustana College
2201 S. Summit Ave., P.O. Box 727
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

This constitutes a fine collection on Native Americans and Scandinavian pioneers in particular.

Sioux Valley Genealogical Society

Old Courthouse Museum
200 W. Sixth St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

A good microfilm collection of cemetery and old church records, naturalization records, South Dakota histories, and family records, including a surname file with obituaries and other vital records can be found here.