Environmental History


Harriet Montgomery Water Resources Collection, Northern State University digital collections, Aberdeen: “Donated by Harriet Montgomery, an Aberdeen resident who was very active in politics and as an environmentalist, this collection contains various items relating to water resources in South Dakota. Included in the collection are maps, government reports, photographs, magazines, books and newspaper clippings. Also included are papers from the Oahe Conservancy Subdistrict and United Family Farmers, mostly relating to the Oahe Irrigation controversy in South Dakota that spanned several decades.”

Missouri River Records Project, finding aid, South Dakota State Archives, Pierre: “….documents such as correspondence, minutes, reports, reference publications, and photographs concerning the development of the Missouri River since the early twentieth century. The bulk of the records are from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its predecessors, primarily the Department of Water and Natural Resources which was active from 1979 to 1991. The guide also includes records of other state and regional agencies such as the WEB Water Development Association and the Missouri Basin Inter-Agency Committee, files from elected officials including Governor George T. Mickelson and Senator James Abdnor, and relevant portions of general Archives collections such as photographs and vertical files. The records cover Missouri River projects and plans at federal, regional, state, and local levels from 1910 to 1995….”

Manuscript Collections, H.M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University, Brookings: The Dakota Farmer collection, David Richards collection on Professor N.E. Hansen, South Dakota Crop Improvement Association, South Dakota Office of Climatology records, South Dakota Resources Coalition collection, Marcus S. Zuber Collection (corn genetic research).


Amato, Anthony J. Ed. Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives. Sioux Falls SD: Center for Western Studies, 2017.

Carlson, Paul H. “Forest Conservation on the South Dakota Prairies.” South Dakota History (1971), 23-45.

Cleworth, Marc M. “Artesian-Well Irrigation: Its History in Brown County, South Dakota, 1889-1900.” Agricultural History 15(4) (October 1941), 195-201.

Clow, Richmond L. “Timber Users, Timber Savers: Homestake Mining Company and the First Regulated Timber Harvest.” Forest History Today (1998).

Grice, Gary K. “History of Weather Observations Fort Sisseton, South Dakota 1866 – 1889.” Information Manufacturing Corporation Rocket Center, West Virginia, September 2006.  Prepared for the Midwestern Regional Climate Center under the auspices of the Climate Database Modernization Program, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina.

Henris, John R. “’No finer trout-streams in the world than these’: The Making of a Recreational Fishery in the Black Hills Forest Reserve.” South Dakota History 45(4) (Winter 2015), 275-304.  Link to abstract, here.

MacFadyen, Joshua D. “Breaking Sod or Breaking Even? Flax on the Northern Great Plains and Prairies, 1889–1930.” Agricultural History 83(2) (Spring 2009), 221-246.

Nesheim, David. “An Environmental Biography of Bde Ihanke-Lake Andes: History, Science, and Sovereignty Converge with Tribal, State, and Federal Power on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, 1858-1959.” Dissertation University of Nebraska – Lincoln, August 2009.

—–. “Who Wants a Buffalo?: South Dakota’s Fenced Herds and Experiments in Management, 1901-1952.” MA Thesis, Northern Arizona University, December 2004.

Schell, Herbert S. “Drought and Agriculture in Eastern South Dakota during the Eighteen Nineties.” Agricultural History 5(4) (October 1931), 162-180.

Spegel, Daniel D. “The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and Erosion Control: Establishing the Missouri National Recreational River.” South Dakota History 43(4) (Winter 2013), 320-352.