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Digital Archives

The South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections contains a wealth of historical information. We are working diligently to add digitized materials online so that the collections will be readily available. Our collections can be seen on the Digital Library of South Dakota and Open PRAIRIE - SDSU's institutional repository.

The Digital Library of South Dakota (DLSD) is a collaboration of the libraries of the six Board of Regents colleges and universities as well as partners in the state of South Dakota. SDSU's collections include digital photographs, manuscripts and ebooks related to the history of SDSU and South Dakota life.

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For current and historical research and publications by South Dakota State University faculty, staff and students, visit Open PRAIRIE.


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The South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections strives to make our digital collections accessible. We make available selected archival materials online in various formats and include accessible descriptions about the items. However, some of the archival content may not be fully accessible due to the nature of the original format. If you require assistance, such as transcripts or additional information about the materials, please contact us at or 605-688-5094.

Content Warning

The archival content within the South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections may contain depictions of activities, ideas, values, and language that are not consistent with those of South Dakota State University or its affiliates. While viewing our collections, you may encounter offensive materials. The items within the collections are historical in nature and are retained for education, research and historical purposes.

Statement of Notice and Takedown

The South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections makes digital collections available for education and research use. We strive to determine the appropriate intellectual property rights and copyrights of this content. However, for archival material this information may be difficult ascertain. If you have questions or concerns about the use of specific works, please contact us immediately.

Inquiries may be directed to or 605-688-5094. In your message, please include:

  1. Your contact information: name, email address, physical address and telephone number
  2. Titles of the specific materials
  3. URLs of the specific materials
  4. Your request that details the reason you believe your rights have been violated
  5. A statement to clarify that:
    1. you, or as an authorized agent, have rights to the item(s) and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law
    2. a statement, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate
  6. Your physical or electronic signature

Once your request is received, we will send a prompt acknowledgement through email, unless otherwise requested. We will also temporarily take down the image while we research your claim. The Archives will work with the South Dakota State University, Office of General Counsel make determinations regarding the materials.