Guide to the Society of Black Hills Pioneers Records At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Society of Black Hills Pioneers
Title: Society of Black Hills Pioneers Records
Dates: 1876-1968
Quantity: 6 box(es) (3.25 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS025
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

The Society of Black Hills Pioneers was founded on January 8, 1889 in the courthouse at Deadwood, South Dakota. The society's purpose was to be a benevolent literary association, and its objectives included the development of a social group, the creation of a charitable fund, collection and preservation of information on settlers and their history, and continuation of the memory of settlers. Membership was limited to people who came to the Black Hills prior to January 1, 1877 and their descendants. The geographic area of residence for members included the following counties: Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Butte, Custer, and Fall River in South Dakota; and Crook County in Wyoming. (Biography taken from the Society's website:

Scope and Contents

Records and newspaper clippings of the Society of Black Hills Pioneers and its members, ranging from 1876 to 1968

Acquisition Information

Received December 1986

Preferred Citation

Society of Black Hills Pioneers, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies

Processing Information

Sarah Cox

Detailed Description of the Collection

Original records books from 1889; original checkbooks and financial records from 1889 to 1930; newspaper clippings from various years; several scrapbooks; researched biographical information on several early settlers.

Box File
1 1 Constitutions and by-laws 1889-1980
2 Secretary and financial records (pt 1) 1889-1943
3 Secretary and financial records (pt 2) 1932-1948
4 Natures of meetings and resolutions 1930-1976
5 Membership lists 1875-1970
6 Treasurer's receipts 1949-1970
7 Officers and directors 1889-1971
Box File
2 1 Certificate of membership to George Washington Memorial Assoc. 1898
2 Scrapbook of newspapers and membership applications 1937
3 Miscellaneous: forms, stationary, etc. Undated
4 Burial Services 1905
5 Miscellaneous: Members 1876-1970
6 Mount Roosevelt 1968
7 Bennett, Granville G. (Judge) 1877
8 Smith, Henry Weston (Preacher) 1929-1975
9 Black Hills Pioneer Memorial Museum Association 1927-1932
10 Hickok, Wild Bill 1965-1984
11 Correspondence, agreements, and deeds 1903-1968
12 Miscellaneous: programs, correspondence, etc. 1931
Box File
3 1 Pioneer Bios Vol. 2 2004
2 Pioneer Bios Vol. 3 2005
3 Note to Leland Case Library from Society of Black Hills Pioneers Undated
4 Legal Papers 1983
5 Frank Thomas Papers 1963
6 Miscellaneous papers, letters 1889-1995
Box File
4 1 Pioneer Bios 2005/2006
2 Newsclips and letters 1973-1991
3 Letters, meetings, and reports 1984-1991
4 Members, dues, and amounts received 1889-1896
Box File
5 1 Record book 1877-1926
2 Scrapbook 1926-1970
3 Scrapbook 1908-1913
Box File
6 1 Photographs 1889-1992
2 Scrapbook titled "The Chinese Legacy" and "Legendary Members" 2000-2006
3 News articles of Society meetings, elections of officers, programs, and various activities 1893-1982
4 News articles of Society meetings, elections of officers, programs, and various activities 1990-2009