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Flood of 1972 (Rapid City, S.D.)

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

1972 Rapid City Flood - Oral History Interviews, 2007

 Unprocessed Material — Box 09333
Identifier: H2007-099
Dates: June 13, 2007

After Action Report on the Black Hills Flood Disaster, 1972 - 1972

 Series — Box 8867A
Identifier: ACC 85-087:
Scope and Contents

This series contains an after action report compiled by the South Dakota State Civil Defense Office on November 15, 1972. The report details the actions taken by the state and local authorities during the aftermath of a flood which occurred on June 9th and 10th in the Black Hills region and plans for preventing similar disasters in the future.

Dates: 1972 - 1972

Commissioner's Correspondence, 1972 - 1972

Identifier: ACC 82-027:
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between the Commissioner of Insurance (Ralph A. Nauman), insurance underwriters, and other government officials concerning claims filed as a result of the 1972 Rapid City flood. Also included are lists of deceased flood victims and missing persons that were sent out with the correspondence.

Dates: 1972 - 1972

Digitized Oral Histories

 Digital Record
Identifier: 94-063-001
Dates: 1968-1985

Don Barnett Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box 03587 C
Identifier: H2007-035
Dates: Event: 1972

History Conference DVDs, 2013

 Series — Box 0769 B
Identifier: ACC 2013-019:
Scope and Contents

This series consists of four DVDs containing video recordings of all of the sessions for the Historical Society’s annual History Conference held May 3-4, 2013. Also includes a DVD recording of the 1952 Pierre Flood film shown during the luncheon on May 3rd.

The 2013 History Conference, “Rivers Run Through It: South Dakota’s Rivers and Streams and the Flow of History,” was organized by the Archaeological Research Center, and held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City.

Dates: 2013

Michael F. Dennis Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box 03587 C
Identifier: H2007-036
Dates: Event: 1972

Oral History Project Recordings, 1968 - 1985

Identifier: ACC 94-063:
Scope and Contents These oral history recordings were produced as joint projects between the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and the South Dakota State Historical Society. The South Dakota Oral History Project (SDOHP) focused on collecting interviews with South Dakota residents whose recollections dated back to 1900 and before. The emphasis of these interviews was placed on pioneer recollections of life on the prairie, but also included topics of current interest. For example, a series of...
Dates: 1968 - 1985

Rapid City Flood Aerial Photographs, 1966, 1971-1972

Identifier: ACC 96-311
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of black and white aerial photographs and a small number of color photos. Photos are arranged by series number found on the upper right corner of the photograph. While some photos are from 1966 the majority are from late 1971 and 1972. See box list for arrangement.

Dates: 1966, 1971-1972

Rapid City Flood Aerial Photographs, 1972 - 1972

 Series — Box 8867A
Identifier: ACC 85-174:
Scope and Contents

This series contains 176 aerial photos of the Rapid City area on June 12, 1972 taken by an Air Force plane. The photos show both the Rapid and Boxelder Creeks three days after an initial flood devastated the region.

Dates: 1972 - 1972

Rapid City Flood Files, 1972 - 1988

Identifier: ACC 91-016:
Scope and Contents

This series contains applications for aid, damage reports, and correspondence, regarding the 1972 flooding of Rapid City and the Black Hills.

Dates: 1972 - 1988

Rapid City Flood Files

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 91-016
Dates: 1972 - 1988

Rapid City Flood Files, 1972 - 1973

Identifier: ACC 77-009:
Scope and Contents Consists of files maintained by the Department of Highways pertaining to the Rapid City Flood of 1972. The flood occurred on June 9-10, 1972 when more than ten inches of rain fell in six hours, producing flooding on Rapid Creek and other Black Hills streams and leaving 238 dead and over 3,000 injured. The 1973 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Relief estimated the cost of physical destruction in excess of $100 million and approximately 3,100 acres of land were affected by the flood water...
Dates: 1972 - 1973

Rapid City Flood Files, 1972 - 1974

Identifier: ACC 81-051:
Scope and Contents

Consists of files created by the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks staff between 1972 and 1974 pertaining to the Rapid City Flood of June 1972. Records include memoranda and correspondence, reports, inventories, surveys, and photographs documenting the department’s role in assessing damages to, and losses of, department property caused by the flood, implementing procedures for obtaining state and federal disaster assistance, and reestablishing the Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery.

Dates: 1972 - 1974

Rapid City Flood Film Footage

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2010-035
Dates: 1972

Rapid City Flood Response Publications, 1969 - 1973

 Series — Box 1347 B
Identifier: ACC 84-137
Scope and Contents

This series contains various publications concerning the flood response in Rapid City, including an Emergency Operations Plan from 1971 and a copy of the city’s disaster plan.

Dates: 1969 - 1973

South Dakota Oral History Project - Black Hills Flood and Rapid City Flood Audiotapes, 1971 - 1972

 Series — Box 4474
Identifier: ACC 2016-079:
Scope and Contents

This series contains audiotapes of oral history interviews conducted from 1971 to 1972 by the South Dakota Oral History Project. Information pertaining to the Black Hills Flood and the Rapid City Flood can be found in this series.

Dates: 1971 - 1972