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Digital Library of South Dakota

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The South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC) collects and preserves the memories and experiences of the people of the Northern Plains from the 1890s to the present.  The collection is an especially vital and valuable record of the historical, social, and cultural legacy of the state.

The vast majority of recordings at the SDOHC are divided into two large collections: the American Indian Research Project (AIRP) and the South Dakota Oral History Project (SDOHP).

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  • The recordings of the AIRP pertain to Native American individuals and groups of the Northern Plains, with a focus on the tribes of South Dakota. The AIRP originally was funded by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation in 1967 and now contains more than 2,400 recordings on regional Native American culture and history.
  • The SDOHP started in 1970 with funding from the South Dakota state legislature. The goal was to obtain recordings of people with diverse knowledge and experiences from every county in the state. Now containing more than 3,200 recordings, the SDOHP broadly focuses on South Dakota history, politics, and social life.
  • In addition, the Judicial Voices Project began in 2014. The project has sought to record the personal voices, reminiscences, and perspectives on the state's legal history from justices of the South Dakota Supreme Court.
 
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