History at BHSU


Join the BHSU History Association!

The History Association promotes interest in history as a field of study as well as providing an arena for social interaction for those interested in history. For more information, email the History Association.

Research Resources

Did you know that the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills State University is home to several special collections that could greatly assist you in the research process?

  • Black Hills State University Archives
            The BHSU Archives contain the academic and administrative records of BHSU as well as materials relating to the activities of its students, faculty and alumni. The BHSU Archives strive to collect and preserve records pertaining to the origin and development of Black Hills State University. Yearbooks, campus newspapers, photographs, and momentos are just a few of the many treasures found in the archives.
  • E.Y. Berry Collection
             E. Y. Berry served as South Dakota's western district congressman from 1951 - 1971. When Berry retired from Congress in 1971, he donated his papers to Black Hills State University. The Berry Collection is organized by subject and comprises more than 500 boxes of manuscript materials. The current finding aids are divided into the following categories:

    • Departmental 
    • Indian 
    • Jobs
    • Legislation
    • Military Academy Appointments 
    • Miscellaneous
    • Post Offices
    • Public Relations
    • Reference Materials 
    • Special
  • Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies
    In 1974 Leland D. Case, a noted historian, journalist, Black Hills native and co-founder of the Westerners International, donated his private library, of approximately 5,000 volumes, to Black Hills State University. This donation is the core of one of the most thorough western history collections in the area. Today the Case Library contains over 15,000 volumes covering all aspects of western history. The collection is especially strong in South Dakota, Black Hills and Native American history.

Located on the upper floor of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, the Special Collections department is normally open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, to ensure access to the collections researchers are strongly urged to contact the librarian before arriving. The library also includes many manuscript collections.

Interested in Internship Opportunities?
Internships are typically one-time work or service experiences involving students who have already attained considerable academic preparation related to a professional field. The internship plan generally involves advanced undergraduate students, or graduate students, working in professional settings under the supervision and monitoring of practicing professionals.

Internships are very beneficial from a learning perspective, with academic credit generally being awarded for an intern experience. Frequently internship experiences involve some type of income. There are many excellent internship opportunities available for history students in the Black Hills, encompassing a wide variety of specializations and interests.


  • United States Forest Service
    2014 Main Street
    Internship in Cultural Resource Management
    Contact: Brenda Shierts 605.642.4622


Rapid City


  • Fort Meade Museum
    P.O. Box 164
    Fort Meade, SD
    Contact: Peggy Aplan, President of Museum Board, 605.347.5016

Reading List

Didn't have time to write down those books your professors suggested during lecture the other day? Look below to see what your professors are reading...

Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt A moving account of the Lakota people during the time of the white invasion as given by Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota visionary and healer. 

Gold in the Black Hills by Watson Parker A lively telling of the Black Hills gold rush experience as offered by the "dean" of Black Hills historians. 

Old Deadwood Days by Estelline Bennett A first hand look at the early years in Deadwood as seen through the eyes of a young girl.