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South Dakota Room

The South Dakota Room is a rich resource of information on South Dakota, including state and local information. Here you will find books, periodicals, microfilm, and local cemetery records that will assist you in your history and genealogy research.


The South Dakota room can also be reserved for small meetings of approximately 4 – 8 people. Please call ahead to be sure the room is available for your research and/or meeting needs. For more information on room reservations, please visit the Room Reservations page.

South Dakota State Library

Keep in mind that dozens of electronic resources are available to South Dakota citizens through the South Dakota State Library! Patrons have access to everything from EBSCO Academic research journals to genealogical databases. Visit the South Dakota State Library website to access this valuable resource!

Cemetery Records

In the South Dakota Room patrons can search for records and survey information on cemetery and burial site in the Clay County Area. 

View a list of what cemetery records we may have available in the catalog.

Genealogy (Archive Room)

Our genealogy section includes passenger and immigration list indexes, guides, for research, a dictionary of names, and other print items to help you with your genealogical investigation. 

View a list of what you may find in the Genealogy Collection in the catalog

Local Materials Collection

The Local Materials Collection has resources on Vermillion, Clay County, and the University of South Dakota, including yearbooks for USD going back to the early 1900s, and Vermillion High School going back to the 1940s. 

View our Local Materials Collection in the catalog.

Reference Materials

Patrons can access city directories from Vermillion to Yankton, alumni directories for the University of South Dakota, and historical and biographical collections that chronicle the annals of Clay County and its surrounding areas.

The South Dakota Room also houses a limited collection of legal materials containing legislative manuals, traffic and law manuals, Rules of Court, and Clay County ordinances. We may additionally refer patrons to the USD Law Library, which is open to the public, and contains more extensive and up-to-date legal resources.

South Dakota Fiction

The library has a modest collection of books that focus on South Dakota and its inhabitants. Stories by Badger Clark, J Hyatt Downing, Barbara Oaks, Frederick Feikema Manfred, Jerry Wilson and more make their home in the South Dakota Room.

Explore the South Dakota Fiction Collection in the catalog

South Dakota Nonfiction

The majority of the South Dakota Nonfiction collection is dedicated to the many different categories of information one can find on South Dakota both in and outside of the Clay County area. This encompasses the history and legends of the Sioux Nation, as well as travel guides, cowboy poetry, and photo journals. 

There is also a biography section that focuses on notable people associated with the state of South Dakota, such as Calamity Jane, Crazy Horse, Oscar Howe, and more.