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Introduction to Archival Research

South Dakota Oral History Center

The South Dakota Oral History Center is home to over 5,500 interviews which preserve indigenous memories and experiences from the 1890s to the present. 

This makes the collection an especially vital and valuable record of the historical, social, and cultural legacy of the state. 

The South Dakota Oral History Center is located on the second floor of the Library.  Appointments or emails are encouraged.

Search by topic or name in the Library catalog.  Limit the Collection to Oral History Center

Examples of oral histories located in the SDOHC can be found here.


Historic newspapers

USD's newspaper databases can be found here.  These include South Dakota newspapers, regional newspapers and the New York Times.

Archives and Special Collections houses copies of the Volante, Dakota Republican, Plain Talk, The Equalizer, Tabor Independent and some Tyndall Tribune.

There are historic newspapers available online:

Newspapers on Microform

You can find many of the historic newspapers available in the library listed in the microfilm directory.

Congressional Serial Set/American State Papers

Government and statistical resources

Use these research guides to find information about government documents as well as sites on the federal government, statistical information, maps and South Dakota State information.

Government Information

Government Information Basic Collection

Early US Government Publications

Census Information

Statistics and Data


Contact Government Documents Librarian, Diane Frigge for additional assistance with government documents.

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