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HARCC Overview

The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) houses, preserves, and provides public access to one of the nation's largest collection of Black Hills archival materials. 

Dating from the 1870s to the present, these materials provide the visitor with a better understanding and appreciation of the people, places, and events that shaped the unique history of the Black Hills. The extensive collection includes historic photographs, maps, legal correspondence and documents, city directories, personal diaries and journals, gold exploration and production reports, business ledgers and records, and many other interesting historic materials.

The HARCC is also a cultural center that hosts a variety of diverse educational, entertaining, and engaging events for people of all ages. Everything from historic re-enactments to film festivals, lectures, traveling exhibitions, workshops, and classes are offered to the public.

Whether you want to conduct research, browse through tens of thousands of historic photographs, view rare and unique historic documents, attend a lecture, or take part in a workshop, you will find it at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.

Hours of operation are Monday - Friday

10 am to 4 pm or by appointment.

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  • Finding Aids

    The Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC) houses, preserves and provides public access to one of the nation's largest collection of Black Hills archival materials. The HARCC hosts several significant collections, including the Homestake Mining Company collection, the Adams Family collection and the Frawley Legal collection.

    Homestake Collection—Consists of records created and associated with the Homestake Mining Company. The Homestake claim was founded on April 9, 1876 by Fred and Moses Manuel and Hank Harney in Lead, South Dakota. They soon sold their interests to a group of men, led by George Hearst. Under Hearst's direction, the Homestake Mining Company was incorporated in November 1877 and grew into the major economic driving force of the Black Hills area and one of the most prominent gold mines in the country. The mine was in continuous operation until 2001, and was later converted into the Sanford Underground Laboratory.

    The following finding aids are available for viewing and download for the benefit of researchers:

       The Guide to the Homestake Vested Water Rights Collection.

       The Guide to the Homestake Mine Engineer Files.

       The Guide to the Homestake Timber Contracts Paperwork.

       The Guide to the Homestake Annual Reports.

    Please visit this page regularly as new finding aids are added periodically

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