South Dakota Archives, Societies & Publications

It is a good idea to familiarize personally with just about any repository in South Dakota that you simply might travel to by communicating with to the best suited archive or library in advance.

Most, if not all, South Dakota repositories have written and published content that present its collections as well as research policy.

South Dakota archives and historical organizations usually have On-line sites that provide equivalent details. Several also contain down loadable data for some or parts of their collections.

List of South Dakota Archives

  • National Archives-Rocky Mountain Region, Denver Federal Center, Building 48, West 6th Avenue and Kipling Street, Denver, Colorado 80225-0307. States covered are Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25307, Denver, Colorado 80225-0307; Tel: 303-236-0817, Fax: 303-236-9297
  • 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.

List of South Dakota Libraries & Museums

List of South Dakota Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both.

In addition to their own work, South Dakota groups many times help coordinate the efforts of local societies throughout the South Dakota.

Their unique publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those created through the area societies.

Regional and State Societies

  • 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.
  • North Central South Dakota Genealogical Society, c/o Florence Krueger, 2521 4th Ave. S.E., Aberdeen, SD 57401

County, Township and City Societies

Religious and Ethnic Societies

  • Czech Heritage Preservation Society, PO Box 128, Tabor, SD 57063; (605) 463-2476

South Dakota Newspapers & Publications

South Dakota Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all types of invaluable information about specific ancestors, whole lineages and families, places in time, and about all sorts of genealogical records and repositories.


Twelve of South Dakota’s daily newspapers and about 150 of its weekly newspapers that were all published between 1859 and 2001 are presently being placed on microfilm.

They are among the nearly 1,000 state newspapers whose records are on file at the South Dakota State Archives. Several of them are available via inter-library loan programs.

The cataloged group is constantly being updated. Therefore, there is no existing index available.


Genealogical journals provide you with plenty of sources of information and facts, they are generally overlooked by genealogy and family history researchers and genealogist in looking around for family history.

Many regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies produce periodicals which have records relating to the region or vicinity they operate.

Frequently these publications have articles involving records that are not obtainable somewhere else.

  • South Dakota History, published by the South Dakota State Historical Society
  • South Dakota Genealogical Society Quarterly, published by that society