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State Engineer, Office of the, 1900 - 2000


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group contains records created and maintained by the Bureau of Administration and the divisions and offices underneath it. Records include: photographs, meeting minutes, user manuals, correspondence, project files, blueprints, microfilm, reports, publications, and construction notes.


  • 1900 - 2000

Administrative History

The Office of the State Engineer was created by the legislature in 1905 to supervise "the waters of the state and...the measurement and appropriation thereof" (Session Laws, 1905, Ch. 132, s. 5). When the offices of state surveyor and water commissioner were abolished in 1913, the state engineer assumed their duties. The legislature also made the state engineer responsible for the supervision of all public buildings in South Dakota in 1913. In 1973, as part of a reorganization of state government, the Office of the State Engineer was transferred to the Bureau of Administration, where it remains to this day. Currently, the Office of the State Engineer manages all new construction projects (excluding highway construction); manages the statewide maintenance and repair program; and provides technical assistance and advice to Physical Plant Directors on matters beyond their in-house capability.


106.6 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
605-773-6041 (Fax)