Deadwood - Civic Life & History
Museums, Libraries & Archives
The Adams Museum identifies, preserves, collects, interprets, and promotes the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills for the benefit of members of the Northern Black Hills community, visitors to the area, and researchers. The archives of the Adams Museum include materials related to the Black Hills region and northwestern South Dakota. Photographs and written materials can be accessed from the collection under staff supervision with two days advance notice. Copies may be available depending on copyright issues; fees can be found on the website. Adams Museum research files may be viewed at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), and copies will be provided for a minimal fee. Limited research is available for $25 per hour, and other sources of information will be provided whenever possible.
City of Deadwood Archives
The mission of the City of Deadwood-Archives, a division of the Historic Preservation Department, is to preserve and interpret municipal, county, and historic records in accordance with historic preservation efforts in Deadwood, South Dakota. The City Archives were established in 1992 with funds generated from limited gaming. In accordance with South Dakota Codified Law, collections owned by the City are open to the general public for research, study, education, and exhibition. The City Archives also provide tremendous assistance in Deadwood's efforts to preserve, protect and promote the city's National Historic Landmark District. The City Archives serves its community by providing assistance and information to the general public through annual history symposiums, publications, educational exhibits, written pamphlets, and assisting in research requests.
Closed weekends and Federal holidays
Mailing Address: 102-108 Sherman St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone: (605) 578-2082
Fax: (605) 578-2084
Mt. Moriah Cemetery
Overlooking Deadwood Gulch, this historic cemetery was established in 1878 by the Lawrence County Commission.
Map of Mt. Moriah Cemetery- includes detailed information on grave plots, photos and other documents
Hours of Operation:
There is a $1.00 entrance fee to Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Funds generated from this entrance help with the ongoing maintenance and beautification of the cemetery.
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Open Seven Days a Week.................8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Winter Schedule Open......................Limited maintenance
Deadwood Public Library
The Deadwood Public Library serves residents of and visitors to Deadwood and Lawrence County by enriching personal lives, promoting enlightened citizenship, and encouraging lifelong learning. The library's primary purpose is to assemble, preserve, and administer the library collection. The library also serves as a source of reliable information. It collects, preserves and publishes items of local history. The library is the depository for the Centennial Archives collection of photographs, printed materials, and local historic newspapers. The newspaper collection is available on microfilm and indexed. It can be searched through the South Dakota Library Network. Photographs may be acquired as scans, reproduced from negatives or photocopied. The library staff will provide research assistance and copies of archival material to remote patrons for a fee. The library supports the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statement.
Days of '76 Museum
The Days of '76 Museum opened its new facility in 2013. Associated with the Days of '76 Celebration, a historic annual parade and a PRCA award-winning rodeo, the museum's exhibits will tell the story of the celebration since it began in 1924. The museum offers rare Native American artifacts, an extensive collection of horse-drawn vehicles and a unique firearms exhibit. The Days of ’76 Museum has records and photographs of the Days of '76 organization, as well as early Deadwood documents, historic photographs and materials from the Clowser Collection. The documents will be accessible to students and researchers for the first time. The Days of '76 Museum also provides expanded public programming and educational outreach.
Hours of Operation: (Summer hours) Daily, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Winter hours) Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Mondays, and winter holidays
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) is the repository of the finest collection of Black Hills historical documents. The main purpose of the HARCC is to preserve and make available hundreds of thousands of original records documenting the history of the Black Hills and the Homestake Gold Mine. The archival collections include map drawings of the Black Hills regions; over 45,000 historic photographs; slides and glass plate negatives; the James Nobel geological collection; diaries, scrapbooks and correspondence; blueprints and architectural drawings; and legal documents detailing civil and criminal litigations, water rights actions and railroad concerns. The multifaceted center protects original historic documents in a climate-controlled and secure environment, provides access to materials that have never before been available to the public, offers a range of exciting and engaging public programs, hosts classes for secondary and post-secondary students, and fosters ongoing research and the creation of publications.
Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone: (605) 722-4800
Fax: (605) 717-0052
Historical Photos and Documents Online
Library of Congress. There are more than 80 historic photographs of Deadwood available throught the Prints and Photographs Department of the Library of Congress. Many were taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee in 1937. The collection also includes images made by John Grabil who photographed many important places in the Black Hills in the 1890s.
Digital Library of South Dakota. Some historic images of Deadwood are also included in the online collection of the Digital Library of South Dakota, a project of the state universities in the regental system.
The community of Deadwood is home to five churches: