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Doane Robinson, seated at left, is pictured with students during SDSM&T's early days.
Doane Robinson, seated at left, is pictured with students during SDSM&T's early days.
SD State Historical Society online archives
June 20, 2014

Doane Robinson Archives Online at SD State Archives

Historical items of Doane Robinson, the first secretary of the South Dakota State Historical Society, are now available in the South Dakota Digital Archives.Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of Mount Rushmore, and he authored South Dakota history books and served other important roles in the state's early days.

The Doane Robinson collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, genealogical date, census and related statistics and miscellaneous papers. 

Matthew Reitzel, Manuscript and Photo Archivist, and Chelle Somsen, State Archivist, both with the South Dakota State Historical Society, discussed the collection along with the rapid process of digitization, working with changing technology and taking history "outside the four walls" in Pierre on South Dakota Public Radio this week.

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