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State Training School, 1955 - 1978


Scope and Contents

From the Record Group:

This record group contains records created and maintained by the Board of Charities and Corrections and the institutions it governed. Records include: correspondence, reports, parole lists, commitment and incarceration records, meeting minutes, architectural drawings, financial records, employee training audio tapes, and construction project manuals.


  • 1955 - 1978


Due to the nature of responsibilities of the Board of Charities and Corrections, many records contain confidential information about individuals, which is restricted from public access. Restricted record series are identified in this guide.

Administrative History

The State Training School opened in 1888 as a juvenile corrections facility in Plankinton, South Dakota. It was administered initially by the Dakota Territorial Legislature, then by the Board of Charities and Corrections after statehood. In 1989, the Board of Charities and Corrections was dissolved and responsibility for maintaining the State Training School, as well as all other prisons, transferred to the Department of Corrections. In 2001, Governor Janklow closed the State Training School down, citing declining intake numbers.


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Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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