The South Dakota Oral History Project [SDOHP] contains 3,217 oral history recordings. In 1970, the South Dakota State Legislature allocated funds to establish the South Dakota Oral History Project and researchers began touring the state in order to gather stories of the people who lived there.
The project's original charge was to interview people from every county in South Dakota, which led to over 2,450 taped interviews collected between 1970 and 1977.
SDOHP, while focusing on people living in South Dakota, contains numerous topics from people who came to the state from every part of the world. Immigration, immigrants, daily life, culture, politics, local events, inclement weather, activism, preservation, crime, and environment are all themes that can be found in this collection of diverse memories and experiences of South Dakota's people.
At present, interview projects are being conducted on the Homestake Mine and its conversion to a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory by the National Science Foundation, the impact of a $400 million gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford on health care in South Dakota and beyond, and the Hyperion Energy Corporation's proposed construction in southeastern South Dakota of the first new oil refinery to be built in the United States in over thirty years.
To search the South Dakota Oral History Project collection and make a transcript request go to the SD Oral History Center's website's main page and locate the catalogue under Services.
If you have any additional information on this photograph or any of the SD Oral History Center's Collections, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The above photograph is of the Yankton Agency from the early 1900s. The photograph comes from the American Indian Research Project, collection number 0095.