Guide to the Black Hills Mining Museum Collection At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Black Hills Mining Museum
Title: Black Hills Mining Museum Collection
Dates: 1891-1941
Quantity: 1 box(es) (0.25 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS191
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

In the mid-1980s a group of Lead citizens formed GOLD Unlimited (Greater Old Lead-Deadwood), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a museum dedicated to the mining history of the Black Hills. GOLD Unlimited joined with the Lead City Fine Arts Association in 1986 and their fundraising efforts lead to the opening of the Black Hills Mining Museum later that year. Fundraising efforts continued and by the following year the museum, located in a former grocery store, had been significantly improved. By 1988 the 7,000 square foot basement had been renovated to resemble a mine with displays of miners at work throughout history. The museum is located at: 323 W. Main St. Lead SD, 57785. More information on the museum can be found at:

Scope and Contents

Collection contains receipts, letters, and pamphlets all from businesses in Spearfish, SD Homestake Mine Collection. Documents are believed to have been from the Homestake Sawmill located in Spearfish, SD.

Acquisition Information

Received February 2016

Preferred Citation

Black Hills Mining Museum Collection, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

McLain Wunschel, May 2016

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Receipt: Frank Overman Druggist and Apothecary May 1891
2 Receipt: The Spearfish Hotel, Miss J. Johnston, Proprietress Nov. 19, 1894
3 Receipt: W. B. Lown Stoves, Hardware, Tinware, & Co. June 8, 1896
4 Receipt: Frank Baker, Fine Tailoring and Gent's Furnishing Goods June 12, 1899
5 Receipt: Valentine & Wolzmuth, Dealers in Shelf and Heavy Hardware Oct. 2, 1899
6 Receipt: D. B. Ingram General Merchandise Oct. 4, 1899
7 Receipt: Spearfish Hotel A. E. Knickerbocker, Proprietor Nov. 11-28, 1899
8 Letter and Envelope: Frank Welch & Co., Staple and Fancy Groceries and Range Supplies and W. H. Boss Nov. 13, 1900
9 Receipt: The Bank of Spearfish Feb. 6, 1901
10 Letter: H. Curnow, Teva Farm Nov. 20, 1901
11 Letter: W. W. Parker Agent July 29, 1902
12 Receipt: M. D. Edgerton, The Clothier June 1904
13 Receipt: W. H. Case, Dealer in Buick Automobiles Gasoline Engines and Equipage Jan. 25, 1911
14 Receipt: G. W. Rennison Contractor and Builder Aug. 12, 1913
15 Letter: Charles R. Cooper Feb. 22, 1917
16 Receipt: Spearfish Laundry April 9, 1917
17 Receipt: Spearfish Transfer Line R. T. Patterson July 17, 1917
18 Receipt: John Wolzmuth Hardware, Implements, and Harness Sept. 18, 1917
19 Receipt: The Spearfish Barrett Hotel, W. S. Barrett and Son, Pros. Oct. 6, 1917
20 Receipt: C. B. Ford Service Station Oct. 6, 1917
21 Receipt: T. C. Pryor Dr. Wholesale Produce Oct. 6, 1917
22 Receipt: Guy W. Lambert Dr. Luiry, Feed and Sale Stable Nov. 7, 1917
23 Receipt: E. T. Soper Sept. 6, 1921
24 Receipt: David Erskine Painting and Hanging May 10, 1922
25 Letter: Black Hills Hereford Association June 26, 1923
26 Letter: T. H. Smelser & Co. March 9, 1924
27 Pamphlet: Josef Meier Black Hills Passion Play 1941
28 Receipt: Spearfish Co-operative Creamery
29 Pamphlet: Christ on the Mountain
30 Pamphlet: Spearfish Historic Residential District, A Walking Tour