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Parks and Recreation, Division of, 1857 - 2007, bulk: 1950 - 1990


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group consists of records created and/or maintained by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks between 1857 and 2013 and includes administrative records such as annual reports, audits, budgets, property inventories, and correspondence; Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting minutes and audio recordings; abstracts of title, deeds, and technical reconnaissance reports for lands purchased by the department; agriculture and grazing lease agreements; forest inventory records for Western South Dakota; forest fire incident reports; forest insect and disease control files; game studies and surveys; photographs and audiovisual materials used by the Division of Parks and Recreation in brochures, presentations, and other promotional activities; Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps grant program records; subject and conservation project files; and maps of state parks and other recreational areas. Earlier records created prior to 1945 were created by predecessor agencies such as the Department of Game and Fish and subsequently maintained by the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.


  • 1857 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1990

Administrative History

The South Dakota Park Board, consisting of three members, replaced the State Park Board and the Custer State Park Board when those boards were abolished in 1939. The new board was authroized to employ a "superintendent, secretary, game warden, park forester, and other employees" (Session Laws of 1939, Chapter 224, Sections 1, 2 and 5). The South Dakota Park Board was abolished in 1945 and its duties were transferred to the newly created Department of Game, Fish, and Parks (Session Laws of 1945, Chapter 91, Sections 1 and 3).

The Division of Parks and Recreation is charged with developing recreational opportunities and preserving the state's resources for future use. The duties of the division include developing and maintaining sixty-one state parks and recreation areas throughout the state, providing assistance to local governments in the development of facilities, and providing employment for qualified youth through conservation work. The division also included the Advisory Council on Outdoor Recreation which was involved in allocating federal funds to municipalities for the development of recreational facilities.


21.8 Cubic Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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