South Dakota Online Historical Newspapers Summary


South Dakota is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers, and they do use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main site for searching old newspapers. There are a several free online newspapers on other sites and collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

There are almost 1,500 newspapers that have been published in the Mount Rushmore State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your South Dakota ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives. 

Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location. 

(Updated May 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – South Dakota

Google News Archive

South Dakota Newspaper Indexes

  • Black Hills Daily Times
  • Indian Country Today
  • Rapid City Journal
  • SDSU Collegian Index
  • Sioux Falls Argus-Leader

County and Library Collections:

Beresford Public Library 

  • Beresford Republic
  • Beresford News
  • Beresford 100 Years
  • Union County Republic
  • Beresford Weekly News
  • Beresford 75th Diamond Jubilee
  • Republic Beresford
  • Beresford Union County Republic
  • Beresford High School Title

Deadwood Historical Newspapers Index  

  • Black Hill Daily Times
  • Black Hills Champion
  • Black Hills Daily Pioneer Times
  • Black Hills Daily Pioneer
  • Black Hills Herald
  • Black Hills Pioneer
  • Black Hills Pioneer-Times
  • Black Hills Times Weekly
  • Black Hills Weekly Pioneer
  • Black Hills Weekly Times
  • Lead Daily Pioneer-Times

Vermillion Public Library

  • Vermillion Plain Talk

Student Collections:

Augustana Academy – Canton

Augustana University – Sioux Falls

Black Hills State University – Spearfish

Dakota State University – Madison

Mount Mary College – Yankton

Lead High School – Lead

Northern State University – Aberdeen

Presentation College – Aberdeen

Sinte Gleska University – Mission

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology – Rapid City

South Dakota State University – 

University of Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls

University of South Dakota – Vermillion

​Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Lakota Times

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

Newspaper Abstracts – South Dakota

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.

Other Free Sites:




Subscription or Pay Sites:

There are currently 24 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – South Dakota Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 109 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – South Dakota Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 78 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – South Dakota

There are currently 80 publications available at this site. See all the titles at – South Dakota.

And Finally:

You also need to visit the State Historical Society site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online newspaper availability. 

Please note – even more may be available via a local or state library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

For other Free South Dakota Links, click on the category of interest:​​

BMD Records
Divorce Records
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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