Saturday, January 25, 2020

State Maps added to South Dakota Digital Archives

This undated map of the Black Hills Region
is one of hundreds now available online from
the SD State Historical Society-State Archives,
which provided this image.  Many thanks!
 PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota State Historical Society-State Archives has added nearly 700 digitized maps and made them accessible online in the South Dakota Digital Archives thanks to an Outside of Deadwood grant from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

Six hundred ninety-eight maps were digitized, cataloged and placed online as part of this grant. They are available at:

The digitized maps include tourist maps, such as maps of snowmobile trails and maps of caves, maps of the Custer National Forest and the former Harney National Forest, as well as city plans of Sturgis, Custer and Rapid City. Maps of various South Dakota dams, American Indian reservations, highway maps and a few aerial photomaps were also included.

“The maps are from the archives’ collections and are very popular with students, teachers, researchers, authors, newspaper editors and general history buffs,” said Chelle (SHEL-ee) Somsen, state archivist. “Now these maps are available to researchers worldwide and not just to those who can visit the archives in person.”   

The South Dakota Digital Archives contains 80,589 items from the State Archives including photographic imagesgovernment and manuscript collections, land survey records, the South Dakota 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 at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST 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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