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Folk Arts Program, 1975 - 2006


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group contains records created and maintained by the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs and includes meeting minutes, photographs, publications, correspondence, audio recordings of speeches and presentations, videotape recordings, grant files, school building specifications, budgets and other financial reports, architectural drawings of historic buildings, administrative subject files, posters, and annual reports.


  • 1975 - 2006


Information about and images of individual artists may not be published without permission from the Arts Council.

Administrative History

During its history, the Folk Arts program has been administrated by both the South Dakota Arts Council and the South Dakota State Historical Society, through its Office of History, State Historical Preservation Center. The programs's first folklorist, Elaine Thatcher, was hired in the early 1980s and worked out of the Arts Council. In 1988, the South Dakota State Historical Society hired Michael Miller as the Folk Arts/Folklife Coordinator. Miller operated out the the State Historic Preservation Office and his position was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Folk Arts program was dormant from the early 1990s until about 1999, when it was revived as a part-time contract through the Arts Council.


21.95 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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