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Archives & Special Collections

Uncover rare books and manuscripts and unique archival collections you won't find anywhere else.

The Archives & Special Collections is the rare books, manuscripts and archives department of the University Libraries. We offer 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.

Archives and Special Collections is located at the University Libraries, room 321 and is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information regarding archives and special collections, please email speccoll@usd.edu or call 605-658-3380.

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The Chilson Collection

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

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The Mahoney Music Collection

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

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The Richardson Collection

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

 

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The USD Archives

The 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.

 

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The USD Photograph Collection

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

 

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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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Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Archives & Special Collections Department.
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Dan Daily

Dean of Libraries
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Kat Anderberg

Digital Projects Associate
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Sharon Boysen

Johnson Project Archivist
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Diane Frigge

Senior Librarian
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Sarah Hanson-Pareek

Curator - Digital Projects
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Samuel Herley

Assistant Librarian

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