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More historic images added to South Dakota Digital Archives

The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre recently added another batch of digitized photos to the South Dakota Digital Archives. 

Just over 1,200 photographs were digitized, cataloged, and placed on the South Dakota Digital Archives. Examples of the digitized images include churches, schools, city buildings, parades, and ferries. The images are available at

“The images are from the archives’ collections and are very popular with students, teachers, researchers, authors, newspaper editors, and genealogists,” said Chelle (shell-ee) Somsen, state archivist. “These images are now available to researchers worldwide and not just to those who can visit the archives in person.”   

Funding was provided by a sub-grant from the State Historic Preservation Office’s National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant.

The South Dakota Digital Archives contains 82,697 items from the State Archives, including photographic images, government and manuscript collections, land survey records, the South Dakota State Historical Society publication the Wi-Iyohi, and 1,289 maps.

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.

PHOTO:This undated photo shows the congregation gathered around the Swedish Baptist Church in Pleasant Valley Township near Westreville in Clay County. (South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives)

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 since 2013, 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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