Special Collections of E. Y. Berry Library-Learning Center include the Black Hills State University Archives, the E.Y. Berry Collection and the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies. Located on the upper floor of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, on Black Hills State University's campus, Special Collections department is normally open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, to ensure access to the collections researchers are strongly urged to contact the librarian before arriving. No materials circulate, but photocopying of some materials is available.
Special Collections Librarian
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.
The BHSU Archives contain the academic and administrative records of BHSU as well as materials relating to the activities of its students, faculty and alumni.
Digital Library of South Dakota
The Digital Library of South Dakota (DLSD) is a collaboration of the libraries of the six Board of Regents colleges and universities as well as partners in the state of South Dakota.
E. Y. Berry Congressional Papers
E. Y. Berry served as South Dakota's western district congressman from 1951 - 1971. The E. Y. Berry Collection is organized by subject and comprises more than 500 boxes of manuscript materials. The finding aid can be browsed or the collection can be and can searched online.
Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection
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.
A. D. Humbert Collection of Clay Tablets
Before 3000 B.C., the Sumerians had invented a script which was impressed into their clay writing material with the sharp edge of a wooden stylus. Thus the symbol had a three-dimensional, wedge-shaped look, and was called “cuneiform.”
First Ladies Doll Collection
Mrs. Rachetts spent “the major portion of the year” completing the china reproductions of the First Ladies dressed in the gowns which they wore at the Inaugural Balls of the respective United States Presidents.
Lyndle Dunn Collection
Lyndle Dunn was nationally known for his animal portraits. Growing up in Wyoming, he began to draw at a very early age. He later attended the Chicago Institute of Art and the American Art Academy in Chicago. After WWII, he moved to Denver and worked on commission and freelancing. He was widely published in the United States and Europe. The Colorado State Game and Fish Department purchased many of his paintings. The BHSU Library has a large collection of his artwork including watercolor and oil paintings as well as pencil sketches. There are 72 items on display on the second floor of the E. Y. Berry Library. A number of prints and notecards from his artwork are available for sale.