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William J. “Bill” Janklow Project

375 boxes.  That is the number of boxes containing the records of the late Gov. William Janklow.  The records arrived at the University Libraries in the I.D. Weeks building on March 27, 2012.  The process for the transfer of the Janklow records from the South Dakota State Historical Society to USD began in the fall of 2011 when alumnus Bill Janklow (BS, 1964; LL.B., 1966) designated USD as the official repository of his gubernatorial records.  Covering his four terms as governor, the Janklow records are integral to understanding the social, political, and economic development of South Dakota during the last quarter of the 20th century. 

  • Along with the gubernatorial records, Gov. Janklow gave his personal political papers to USD.  These papers along with hundreds of videos, reels of film, and cassette recordings tell the story of Janklow's service as an attorney on the Rosebud reservation, his entry into South Dakota politics as Attorney General, the campaigns for the governor's office, and his brief service in the U.S. House of Representatives.