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Welcome to the Dakota State University Archives!

Outside of the Karl E. Mundt Library
Karl E. Mundt Library, 1969

Located in the lower level of the Karl E. Mundt Library at Madison, South Dakota, the DSU Archives collects, organizes, and preserves materials that document the history of the University. The text and images found on this website are intended to convey that history from the University's beginning in 1881 as a "Normal School" for the preparation of teachers.

The archives houses the papers of Senator Karl E. Mundt, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1939-1948, and the Senate from 1948-1973. The Karl E. Mundt Collection covers the period from his birth in 1900, to his death from complications of stroke in 1974, and subsequent years of the charitable Karl E. Mundt Historical & Educational Foundation, which operated from 1962-2016.



The DSU archive is located in the lower level of the Karl E. Mundt Library in the northwest corner of campus.

Open Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Researchers intending to visit the archives should send an email to to make arrangements and confirm their visit.

Madison Daily Leader Obituaries

Obituary Index of the Madison Daily Leader Home Page
Homepage of the Obituary Index

The Obituary Index contains a searchable list of obituaries published in the local newspaper, the Madison Daily Leader. The index can be found here. To use the index, simply use the search bar at the top of the index. You can also order the index by last name, first name, middle initial, maiden name, birthplace, obituary date, and page/column by selecting the respective column. Note that the table and search bar may not show up immediately due to the large size of the data.

To request the full obituary, fill out the Obituary Request Form: