We are focused on ensuring South Dakota digital collections are not just lost and are accessible to the public
Approximately 65,000 images are available on the South Dakota Digital Archives, and the goal is to add a minimum of 6,000 images annually.
Two professionally trained Archives’ staff inventory, catalog, and scan the collection of photographs and negatives. They are then posted on the South Dakota Digital Archives. The photographs range from statewide historic buildings and structures to photographs of the Black Hills collections, including scenery, towns, railroads, and people. These collections date from the late 1800s to the early 1980s.
The collections will be readily available to the public via the internet for use in research, publishing projects, student history assignments, genealogy, and personal use. You can help us to preserve these images and thousands like them for generations to come.
2021 Digitization Projects
Jane Rooker Breeden Papers (H74-22) - $7,500
Lt. Gov. Carole Hillard records (2008-26) - $10,000
Commission on the Status of Women records (85-180) - $23,000
Note that the ongoing costs associated with the maintenance of the digital files and the ongoing hosting costs for accessibility on the South Dakota Digital Archives are not included in the cost estimate.
Pickler Papers (H91-74) - funded by a generous donor
General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota records (H97-56) - funded by a generous donor
Yes! I want to help make possible the preservation of these images!