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Four more state historic newspapers available online

Four more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.

In 2016 the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States.

Several Sioux Falls German titles have recently been added to Chronicling America: The Sud (Soot) Dakota Nachrichten (Knock-rick-ten), 1896-1900; the Sud-Dakota Nachrichten und Herold, 1900-1901; the Nachrichten-Herold, 1901-1907; and the Deutscher (Doit-shur) Herold, 1907-1913. Further issues of these titles will be added to the website in later batches, as well as other titles from around the state.

To view these newspapers please visit the Chronicling America Website:ðnicity=&language.

These titles join others that are already available, including the Canton Advocate, Dakota Farmer’s Advocate, Dakota Farmers’ Leader, Lincoln County Advocate, Canton Daily Leader, The Daily Press and Dakotaian, Yankton Daily Press and Dakotaian, the Press and Daily Dakotaian, Forest City Press, Hot Springs Star, Hot Springs Weekly Star, Turner County Herald, Kimball Enterprise, Kimball Graphic, Black Hills Union, Black Hills Union and Western Stock Review, Pierre Weekly Free Press, Sisseton Weekly Standard, Citizen-Republican (Scotland, SD), Mitchell Capital and Saturday News (Watertown, SD).

As part of the grant the State Archives will digitize around 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922 to be included in this collection, noted Chelle Somsen, state archivist. This is the second grant the State Archives has received to participate in this project, she said.

For more information, contact the State Historical Society-Archives at 605-773-3804. State Archives hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of most months.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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