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Secretary of State

 Record Group
Identifier: SOS

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and/or maintained by the South Dakota Secretary of State and includes accounting ledgers; county organization records; corporation annual reports; domestic and foreign incorporation records; trademark registration applications and certificates; notary public applications, oaths, and bonds; lobbyist registers; election returns; political party records; executive appointments, orders, and proclamations; and state board and commission meeting minutes and correspondence.


  • 1862 - 2009

Administrative History

The office of the Secretary of State was established in the South Dakota state constitution of 1889 (Article IV, Section 12). The duties of the office were first enumerated in the Session Laws of 1891 (Chapter 105, Section 1), with additional duties later added at various legislative sessions. The current duties of the Secretary of State are outlined in SDCL 1-8-1 (1-9).


189.95 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Guide to the Records of the South Dakota Secretary of State
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Sara Casper, Government Records Archivist, and Brandon Pieczko, Processing Archivist
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Preparation of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Edition statement
1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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