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Public Instruction, Dept. of

 Record Group
Identifier: DPI

Scope and Contents

This record group contains records created and maintained by the South Dakota Department of Public Instruction and includes vocational education and rehabilitation correspondence, scrapbooks, and publications; audit reports, newsletters, and other publications produced by the superintendent's office; and school district reorganization correspondence.


  • 1895 - 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1977

Administrative History

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) was established under the South Dakota State Constitution to manage a uniform system of free public schools and the maintenance and finances of such a system. The DPI continued on as part of the newly created Dept. of Education and Cultural Affairs in 1973.


11.5 Cubic Feet

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Related Records

Additional government records related to education can be found in the following record groups: Department of Education and Cultural Affairs (DECA) and Department of Education (DOE).
Guide to the Records of the Department of Public Instruction
In Process
Sara Casper, Government Records Archivist, and Hannah Marshall, Processing Archivist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Preparation of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
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1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

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