The South Dakota State Historical Society’s Archives has gone digital. The State Archives, in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, collects, preserves, and makes available manuscript collections, South Dakota state, county and local government records, photographs, maps and other archival materials which have permanent historical and research value. Now, the South Dakota Digital Archives, an online resource that went live in January, makes these collections more accessible to the public, as well as to protect the originals.
The government and manuscript collections are being digitized and cataloged by staff archivists and include items such as publications, brochures and audio files. More items are added regularly.While the resource contains documents from government and manuscript collections, the largest collection consists of photographs, which are made available through the “Preserving South Dakota in Photos” initiative. The archives photo digitization staff are digitizing photographs from the collections and have scanned and cataloged more than 16,050 images that now are available online.
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