The South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives recently was awarded a $57,120 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a division of the National Archives and Records Administration.

“The grant will assist the archives in processing and accessioning government records in order to make those records more accessible to researchers,” said Chelle Somsen, state archivist. “This two-year grant will pay for a temporary archivist to help process and accession more than 1,700 cubic feet of government records. The staff will prepare finding aids for the collections, which will be uploaded to the South Dakota Digital Archives and WorldCat, facilitating the search process for our users.”

The permanent paper and ink government records will remain in the archives.

The Documenting Democracy grant promotes the preservation and use of the nation's valuable archival resources.

The South Dakota State Archives, located in the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, acquires, processes, accessions, catalogs and makes available manuscript collections, South Dakota state, county, and town government records, photographs, maps, and other archival materials which have permanent historical and research value. Archives hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of the month.

For information see http://history.sd.gov/archives or call (605) 773-3804.

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