Black Hills State University has some free, online collections that might be useful to genealogists and family historians, including:
- BHSU Archives “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. The BHSU Archives strive to collect and preserve records pertaining to the origin and development of Black Hills State University.”
- Joseph R. Douda Black Hills Railroading Collection “The Joseph R. Douda Black Hills Railroading Collection contains 112 photographs of Black Hills Promotional Photos, Days of ´76 Rodeo, General Views of Deadwood 1964-1986, Pictures of Burlington Railroad 1984-1987, and View from Around the Hills 1964-1986. It also includes over 35 large format drawings and maps and other written documents relating to area railroads. For instance, one of the more interesting maps details the Chicago and Northwestern Narrow Gauge lines through the Bald Mountain and Ruby Basin mining districts. Drawn by the railroad company in 1914, the map not only highlights the C&NW rail lines, but also the Burlington´s, and the area mines. Among the written documents is the “Register of Enginemen at Deadwood” from 1927-1958.”
- W.R. Cross Photograph Collection “Contains 542 photographic images in stereoscope card and single print (various sizes) formats. The collection also contains several salesmen´s sample cards. The photographs were primarily published by W.R. Cross, but the collection also contains a few post civil war photographs taken by Cross´s brother Daniel H. Cross, and some family photos taken after Cross´s death. The bulk of the photographs are of scenes around the Black Hills and Niobrara Nebraska as well as many images of Native Americans.”
- Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks “Known at the “Dean of Black Hills History”, Watson Parker was a well-respected Historian and writer on the History of the Black Hills. His book, Black Hills Ghost Towns, published first in 1974 and later in 1980 is still the most authoritative publication on the subject. The Watson Parker Ghost Town Notebooks contains his research from 1961-1990s used to write his numerous publications about the history of the Black Hills. This online collection contains mainly his photographs of Black Hills ghost towns and locations.”
The Black Hills State University collections are searchable at the Digital Library of South Dakota.