Appointments for research are recommended, however, walk-in researchers are welcome.
Please visit this page regularly as new finding aids are added periodically.
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.
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.
Guide to the Homestake Vested Water Rights Collection
Guide to the Homestake Mine Engineer Files
Guide to the Homestake Timber Contracts Paperwork
Guide to the Homestake Annual Reports
Guide to the Homestake Public Affairs and Publications Collection
Guide to the Homestake Veterans Association Records
Guide to Homestake Ladies' Auxiliary Records
Guide to Lead Miner's Union Collection 1909 - 1911
Guide to Allen J. Clark Papers
Guide to Homestake Employee Collection
Guide to Hat Creek Oil Company Records
Guide to Nathaniel Herz Papers
Guide to Bureau of Mines Publications
Guide to Homestake Survey Records
Guide to Homestake Purchase Orders
Guide to J. Henry Schnitzel Collection
Guide to Homestake Assay and Ore Reserve Records
Guide to United States Geological Survey Publication
Homestake Thesis Collection
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.
The Kevin M. Britz Papers - Include the lecture notes, essays, Masters thesis, and Ph.D. Dissertation created by Professor Britz and the copious amounts of copied records he obtained while doing his research for a book focused on Western towns and tourism. Britz's writing revolved around three separate Western communities, Deadwood, South Dakota, Tombstone, Arizona, and Dodge City, Kansas, with a large portion of the materials focused on Deadwood's Days of '76 Celebration.
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.
The Tom Regan Collection – Includes documents collected, created, or utilized by Regan during both his time working for the Homestake Mining Company and in the years following the closure of the mine. The materials are dated between 1890 and 2011 with the bulk of material dating between 1980 and 2001.
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.
Centennial Clothing Collection Style Shows Collection · Contains records related to the Centennial Clothing Collection Style Shows performed between 1976 and 2013. The collection includes correspondence, administrative and organizational records, ascrapbook, photographs, and video recordings.
Frawley Family Collection - Consists of records and documents created by or pertaining to the members of the Frawley family and their business ventures in the Black Hills. Henry Frawley practiced law in Deadwood and had mining interests in the area. Both Frawley and his mother-in-law Catherine Lane Perry held land in Centennial Valley and Whitewood. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, administrative records, contracts, law office files, tax documents and a number of ledgers.
Steven Mitchell Collection - Consists of materials collected by Mitchell as he worked on the water rights section of his book, Nuggets to Neutrinos: The Homestake Story. The collection contains original documents from the Golden Reward Mining Company, Anchor Mountain Mining Company, Jardine Mining Company, and many photocopies of photographs and documents from Homestake Mining Company.
The Tom and Melissa Campbell Collection – Consists of published and technical reports, survey worksheets, drill logs, thin sections, maps, and electronic records. The materials were gathered while the Campbells worked on the creation of the Homestake Data Archive and the Homestake Core Archive.
Historic Photograph Reproduction
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.
Personal Use Criteria
- Reproductions intended for personal, non-commercial use will follow the criteria below:
- Credit is required whenever a photograph is reproduced. We incorporate a small, low-visibility watermark on all photographs, which identifies the institution and collection.
- Images can be reproduced as .jpeg, .tiff, .pdf files.
- Photograph reproduction costs $20 per image plus sales tax. Depending on the size and scope of your reproduction request, it may incur charges for staff time. Please view the research request form or contact us for detailed information.
Commercial Use Criteria
- The right to reproduce materials held by Deadwood History, Inc. (DHI) is granted on a one-time basis only. Any further reproduction of these materials is prohibited without the express written permission of DHI.
- Permission to reproduce material in which reproduction rights are reserved must be granted by signed written permission of DHI.
- It is unlawful to authorize others to use the items for any reason.
- In requesting permission to reproduce materials from the collections of DHI as described, the requester agrees to hold harmless DHI, its Board of Directors, and agents either jointly or severally from any action involving infringements of the rights of any person or their heirs and descendents in common law or under statutory copyright.
- Applicants assume all responsibility for questions of copyright and invasion of privacy that may arise in copying and using the materials.
- Conditions governing the use of reproductions provided by DHI will be specified in the written contractual agreements generated by DHI for commercial uses. Rights granted by DHI are valid only upon DHI’s receipt of the signed agreement and payment of the amount specified in the agreement.
- Provide a copy of the final product to Deadwood History, Inc.
- Any publication, exhibition, or other public use of materials reproduced from the collections must credit Deadwood History, and the specific collection, using the following citation:
Courtesy Deadwood History, Inc. (specific collection), Deadwood, SD
- Images can be reproduced as .jpeg, .tiff, .pdf files.
- Photograph reproduction costs $20 per image plus sales tax and an additional commercial use fee. Commercial use fee for non-profit corporations and government agencies is $25. For profit corporations, partnerships, private businesses, and individuals pay a commercial use fee of $50.
- Depending on the size and scope of your reproduction request, it may incur charges for staff time. Please view the research request form or contact us for detailed information.
Deadwood History, Inc. reserves the right to charge additional fees depending upon the requested usage. All fees are subject to change.