Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

Nov 25, 2011

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. 


With a Deadwood Preservation Grant, field historians Eric Zimmer and Morandi Hurst visited more than two dozen historic businesses and organizations in the Rapid City area in the summer of 2010. Working under the supervision of professional historian Dr. Eric John Abrahamson, they surveyed records and artifacts and created finding aids for these collections. These finding aids are available below. 

As we continue to expand the historical resources available through the Black Hills Knowledge Network, we are eager to document the existence of other historical collections in our community. If the history of your organization or business is hidden in boxes in the basement, please contact us at [email protected].

Collections Surveyed by the Rapid City Community Archives Project

Arrowhead Country Club

Basler Printing Company

Behavior Management Systems

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills

Black Hills Chemical

Black Hills Community Theater

Black Hills Electric Cooperative

Black Hills Gold Manufacturing Co.

- d/b/a Landstorm's Original Black Hills Creations

Black Hills Transfer

Black Hills Workshop and Training Center

Cretex Concrete Products West

Dakota Business Center

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Feigel Foundation

First Congregational Church

First United Methodist Church

Haggerty's, Inc.

Harvey's Lock and Security

Highmark Federal Credit Union

National American University

Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Rapid City Laundry & Dry Cleaners

Rapid City Rotary Club

Reptile Gardens

Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns

West Boulevard Neighborhood Association

Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI)

Zion Lutheran Church-School-Preschool


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