Contact Information & Hours


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Closed on state holidays.
Location: Room 305, University Libraries

Patrons are encouraged to contact the Archives and Special Collections before visiting as some of our materials are housed in off-site storage. Collections and items needed from remote storage will not be available for same day use.

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Archives & Special Collections Blog

We feature stories and updates about our activities on a regular basis. Find both the latest and archived stories on collections, exhibits, acquisitions, and other items of interest for our research community.

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Archives & Special Collections

The Archives & Special Collections is the rare books, manuscripts and archives department of the University Libraries. Materials are gathered into a number of core collections based on their content and subject. Each collection contains multiple individual collections that can be further explored using the links below.

Chilson Collection

The Chilson Collection includes materials relating to local histories, South Dakota history, Native American cultures and western expansion of the United States.

Mahoney Music CollectionThe Mahoney Music Collection is one of the most complete collections in the United States pertaining to the violin and violin family instruments.

Richardson CollectionThe Richardson Collection is made up of distinct manuscript collections focusing on South Dakota's cultural, political and economic history.

USD ArchivesThe USD Archives holds the records of the academic and administrative departments of USD as well as materials relating to the activities of its students, faculty and alumni.

USD Photograph CollectionThe USD Photograph Collection represents the visual history of the University of South Dakota from the 1880s to the present.