Leland D. Case Library
In 1974 Leland D. Case, a noted historian, journalist, Black Hills native and co-founder of the Westerners International, donated his private library, of approximately 5,000 volumes, to Black Hills State University. This donation is the core of one of the most thorough western history collections in the area. Today the Case Library contains over 15,000 volumes covering all aspects of western history. The collection is especially strong in South Dakota, Black Hills and Native American history.
Books are not the only items in the Case Library. The library also contains many manuscript collections. This guide gives a brief description of the manuscript collections. More detailed information is available in the individual collections´ finding aids, which are available at the Case Library.
The Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies continues to be interested in gifts of books, manuscripts, photographs and other primary source materials, particularly those which relate to the history of western South Dakota and the Black Hills.
Finding Aid Arrow, Inc. is a Native American interest organization. It was originally organized in 1949 under the name National Congress of American Indians Fund.
Black Hills Federation of Women´s Clubs
Finding Aid The collection contains the Reports, Constitution and By-Laws, and Standing Rules from 1942 - 1964.
Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection
Finding Aid Collection contains photographs, slides, negatives, lantern slides, manuscript material, maps, artifacts and books on deposit at the Leland D. Case Library from the Black Hills National Forest Headquarters and Ranger Stations.
Troy L. Parker and Watson Parker Collection
The Troy L. and Watson Parker Collection consists of two parts. The first part, the Subject Files, consists primarily of ephemeral materials such as tourist pamphlets, roadmaps, and newspaper clippings relating to a vast array of topics related to the Black Hills.View Finding Aid for Part I.
The second part, The Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks, consists of Parker's research on the Black Hills utilized for his many publications. These notebooks contain research notes and original photographs created as Parker physically explored the Black Hills with his family and friends, including Hugh Lambert with whom he published Black Hills Ghost Towns. They also contain articles, maps, and other materials compiled through library and archives research. View Finding Aid for Part II.
Finding Aid Included in this collection are the Black Hills History Project papers for 1978 through 1990, correspondence, pamphlets, handwritten notes by Dr. Miller on various topics. This collection can be searched online.
Finding Aid Thomas Odell is the author of “Mato Paha: the Story of Bear Butte.” This collection includes Odell´s notes while he was writing “Mato Paha,” Philip Well´s manuscript from “Ninety-Five Years Among the Indians of the Northwest,” mining notes, interviews Odell conducted with Native Americans, notes about military expeditions, etc. This collection can be searched online.
Finding Aid This collection, searchable online, contains Frank Thomson´s research for his book on the Thoen Stone, as well as research about the Black Hills for other books. This collection can be searched online.
Finding Aid Father Szalay was the parish priest in Spearfish for many years. His interests were esoteric, so the collection is extensive. Father Szalay had a great interest in maps, and the collection includes more than 700 maps, many from the western United States. The collection also includes Japanese silk paintings, railroad photographs, Russell and Remington prints, prints of birds, as well as bird books and many personal notes on historical aspects of Spearfish.
Collection consists of approximately 43 linear feet of manuscript material and three linear feet of photographs and negatives. Materials cover many of Bob Lee's interests and organizational memberships. However, the strength of the collection reflects his strong interest in Fort Meade, Sturgis, SD and Frontier Military History.
In 1987 Wharf Resources, Inc. donated the papers of the Bald Mountain Mining Company to the Case Library. This collection can be searched online.
W. R. Cross Collection
Finding Aid Collection contains 542 photographic images in stereoscope card and single print (various sizes) formats. The photos were taken primarily by W. R. Cross photographer from Hot Springs, SD. The bulk of the image are of scenes around the Black Hills and Niobrara Nebraska as well as many images of Native Americans. You can view images from this collection in DLSD.
Lawrence County Tax Records
The Lawrence County Tax Records available include: Ledgers, from 1880 through 1974, Spearfish Assessment books from 1914 through 1955, numerous tax sale certificate books, and some receipt books. This includes deed books and receipt books.
William J. Collins Collection
William J. Collins was a frontier photographer who had a studio in Rapid City, South Dakota. Images held by Case Library date from the late 19th Century until about 1933. Digitized images from the collection can be viewed on Case Library's Flickr page and some framed prints are on display in E.Y. Berry Library.