State Historical Society seeks archival donations

The State Archives in Pierre is seeking donations of materials that convey the diverse history of South Dakota’s past, according to a news release.

“The State Archives accepts donations as small as a single item to as large as dozens of boxes,” said Chelle Somsen, state archivist. “To be considered historically significant, it is not required that collections be organized, that donated items be old, or relate specifically to famous state individuals, events or organizations.”

The State Archives is charged with collecting, preserving, and making accessible a variety of records, including letters, memoirs/reminiscences, diaries, scrapbooks/photo albums, professional papers, genealogical information, speeches/lectures, business records, subject files, legal documents, minutes/reports, brochures and flyers, photographs, and films/videos/audio tapes. Also of interest are files relating to an individual’s civic, business, religious, political, or social activities.

Contact the State Archives to discuss the possibility of donating your collection if you, or someone you know, have materials relating to the history of South Dakota. Contact the Archives by phone at (605) 773-3804 or by e-mail at

The State Archives is open Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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