The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) houses, preserves, and provides public access to one of the nation's largest collections of Black Hills archival materials. The HARCC serves as a repository for several significant collections, most prominently the Homestake Mining Company Collection. Several smaller collections pertinent to the history of the Black Hills include the Frawley Legal Collection, the Yuill/Sundstrom Collection, and the Masonic Lodge Collection.
The following finding aids are available to view and download for the benefit of researchers. However, please visit this page regularly as new finding aids are added periodically.
The Days of '76 Celebration Records - Finding Aid Consists of administrative and organizational records pertaining to the annual Days of '76 celebration in Deadwood, South Dakota. Beginning in 1924, the celebration honors the unique history of the Deadwood mining camp from its establishment in 1876. Over the years, the celebration has included pageants, parades, queen contests, community involvement, and a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association recognized rodeo. The collection features correspondence, financial records, contracts, event programs, promotional materials, photographs, and video recordings.
Homestake Mining Company Collection - Consists of records created and associated with the Homestake Mining Company, which operated in the town of Lead, South Dakota, for 120 years. The Homestake Mine ultimately became the largest and deepest continually operating gold mine in the Western Hemisphere before its closure in 2001.
Lead Masonic Lodge Records – Consists of administrative and organizational records of Lead-Deadwood Masonic organizations, including Lodges and York Rite bodies. The records accumulated from 1871 to 2002 and were housed in the Lead Masonic Temple. The collection includes annual reports or returns, officers’ reports, correspondence, financial and membership records, applications to join or advance, meeting minutes, sheet music, and photographs.
Yuill/Sundstrom Collection - Consists of records relating to the Black Hills that were created or utilized by Camille Yuill and her daughter, Jessie Sundstrom. Both women worked in the newspaper industry and were involved in many programs and organizations. Materials include manuscripts, maps, photographs, correspondence, and other archival materials.
Appointments for research are recommended, however, walk-in researchers are welcome.
DHI's collections hold over 25,000 historic photographs, which reflect the history of the area from the original mining camps to present day.
We are happy to research and reproduce certain materials and images for personal or commercial use and make all efforts to accommodate requests in a timely manner. We reserve the right to deny reproduction requests for items in poor physical condition or which are subject to access restrictions.
Deadwood History, Inc. reserves the right to charge additional fees depending upon the requested usage. All fees are subject to change.
Explore Deadwood History’s (DHI) diverse collections via our online resources. DHI strives to make its collection of over 100,000 artifacts, archival materials, and photographs accessible for researchers to further highlight stories of the past.We are in the process of digitizing our collection and will be adding materials online as they become available.
Researchers can remotely access portions of our collections through our online database via the link below: