Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Jul 2, 2014

Black Hills Archival Resources

historical photos

In addition to the Digital Archives on the Black Hills Knowledge Network, there are other community archival resources available. Please see our complete list below:

Tour downtown Rapid City to learn about the history of several historic buildings,such as the Duhamel building and Alex Johnson Hotel. 

Tour Deadwood online or take a walking tour and learn the history of the Deadwood buildings and architecture as you go.

South Dakota State Historical Society Archives
Collections of photos, manuscripts and government documents. Search from the home page to find all items by subject.

Digital Library of South Dakota
This is a collaboration of the libraries of six Board of Regents colleges and universities in the state of South Dakota.  Access images from the participating colleges' collections here.

 Oglala Lakota College Library Archives
This collection contains documents and photographs relating to the Oglala Lakota College, the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. The OLC Archives also collects, preserves and makes accessible historical and cultural records of the Oglala Lakota people, the Lakota Nation, and other Native Americans. 

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Collections
This collection contains documents, photographs and realia pertaining to collections on local history, mining and mineral resources and local history. 

Library of Congress Memory Project
This project is a "gateway to the Library of Congress’s vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library."  Type any search term you are interested in such as 'Black Hills' or 'South Dakota' into the search box in the top left area of the screen. The Library of Congress Flickr page also contains thousands of images. Click here to access their Flickr page.

John Grabill Collection at the Library of Congress
Largest surviving collection of western photographer John Grabill, this Library of Congress collection documents the South Dakota gold rush, the Oglalla Lakota people, and the settlement of western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. Photographs in collection were taken between 1887 and 1892.

Rapid City Community Archives Survey
Many of the best photographs and most important documents that tell the history of our community are in boxes, file drawers and basements in businesses, churches, service clubs and organizations in Rapid City. The Rapid City Community Archives Survey offers you a glimpse into these fascinating collections.

Photo Collections--Cities of the Black Hills Region
From the Library of Congress, view pictures from the past relating to Hot Springs. 


Photo Credits: 
Left - Pretty Group at an Indian Tent. Taken near Pine Ridge by John C.H. Grabill, 1891. 
Right - Hot Springs, S.D. John C.H. Grabill, 1891. View of Minnekahta Ave. Bathouse, Sanitarium, Gillespie House, and new bank block.

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