of the Siouxland Heritage Museums

The Old Courthouse Museum and the Pettigrew Home & Museum, known jointly as the Siouxland Heritage Museums, have extensive manuscript and archival holdings. The foundation of these holdings are the papers of Senator Richard Franklin Pettigrew, who, upon his death in 1926, bequeathed his documents, house, museum, and collection to the City of Sioux Falls. Since 1926, the archival collections have expanded considerably in size and scope. They also aid in supporting the Siouxland Heritage Museums’ mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the region’s history.


This guide contains a list of the manuscript collections housed at the Pettigrew Home & Museum and a brief overview of each collection. Since the museums continue to receive new donations, not all collections held by the Siouxland Heritage Museums are listed in this booklet. In addition, many oversized items, such as posters, blueprints, maps, and photographic collections are housed at the Old Courthouse Museum and are also available to researchers. Please contact the Collections Department at 605.367.4210 or click here for further information or to make an appointment.

Additional Resources include:
Daily Argus Leader
January 1897 to December 1916


Celestial Empire
December 1897 to September 1913, January 1904 to June 1925


City of Sioux Falls, City Records
1877 to 1931


City of Sioux Falls, Minute Books
1931 to 1982


Congressional Globe & Apendices
1848 to 1873


Congressional Records
1874 to 1931, 1936 to 1941, 1946 to 1948, 1951, 1953 to 1961


Dakota Bell 1995.10.11
April 16, 1887 & August 27, 1887


The Durand Patriot (Winnebago Co. IL)
1875 to 1879


Golden Days for Boys and Girls
December 1881 to December 1882


The Illustrated London News
July 21, 1888 to December 1888


Illustrated News (New York)
January 1853 to November 1853


Minutes, Town Board of South Sioux Falls 1996.23.43-48
March 4, 1890 to December 1955


Orange & Black, Washington Senior High
1964 to 1989


The Polar Tech
Various issues from 1942 to 1945.


Register, Auditor’s Reception, South Sioux Falls 1996.23.49-51


St. Louis Globe Democrat
July 6-10, 1904


St. Louis Republic
July 7-10, 1904


Salt Lake Tribune
January 1905 to March 22nd 1906


Sioux Falls Daily Press
March 1895 to July 1898, Dec 1898 to November 1915


The Stars & Stripes
February 8, 1918 to June 13, 1919


Washington Post
January 1897 to October 1914
Weekly Springfield Republican
September 1900 to August 191