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Local History Bibliography
Following is a list of many of the Brown County history and genealogical books which are available for reference. Some of these books are available through interlibrary loan (ILL)—see the table at the bottom of the page for good starting points. If you know of a useful Brown County reference that should be listed, please contribute.

General Brown County Histories

Title Author Publisher
Early History of Brown County, South Dakota
[Index and Full Text online]
Brown County Territorial Pioneers Association Aberdeen, S. D.: Western Printing Co., 1965
Brown County History Brown County Museum and Historical Society Aberdeen, S. D.: North Plains Press, 1980
Twenty Years of Brown County Agricultural History: 1880-1899 Cleworth, Marc Malvern South Dakota Historical Collections, vol. 17: pp. 17-176, 1934
People, Places, and Events: 100 years in Brown County, South Dakota (reprints of "The Brown County Centennial Minutes" scripts) Bergh, Helen Aberdeen, S. D.: Dacotah Prairie Museum Foundation, Inc., 1989
Unfinished Histories; Tales of Aberdeen and Brown County Federal Writers' Project, South Dakota Mitchell, S. D.: South Dakota Writers' League, 1938
St. Mary's Catholic Church 75th Anniversary Directory
[available for purchase from The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection]
St. Mary's Catholic Church Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1978
Life in the James River Valley Stevens, Ovid J. S.l.: Stevens, 1961
Historic James River, Brown County Bergh, Helen Aberdeen, S.D.: Brown County Historical Society, 1985
Early Days in Brown County Wade, John unknown
Brown County South Dakota: Cemetery Internments [i.e. interments] thru 1994, 2 vol. Kight, Richard L. Harker Heights, TX: Richard L. Kight, 1996

Town and Township Histories

Title Author Publisher
Aberdeen, a Story of Central South Dakota Penfield, Allen Aberdeen, S. D.: Williams & Waterman, 1886?
Aberdeen, a Middle Border City Writers' Program, South Dakota Aberdeen, S. D.: Prairie League Workshop, 1940
Aberdeen, South Dakota Aberdeen (S.D.) Chamber of Commerce Aberdeen, S.D.: North Plains Press, 1974?
Historic Aberdeen, 1981 Brown County Museum and Historical Society Aberdeen, S.D. The Society, 1981
A Centennial History of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, South Dakota Bethlehem History Committee S.l.: s.n, 1984
History of Federal Agencies, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1881-1981 unknown Aberdeen, S. D. ; North Plains Press, 1981
Barnard, South Dakota, 1909-1989: South Dakota Centennial, 1889-1989 1989 Barnard Centennial Committee Members S.l.: s.n., 1989
Bath Community, 1881-1981: Our First One Hundred Years Bath Centennial Book Committee Aberdeen, S. D.: North Plains Press, 1981
Claremont Centennial, 1886-1986
[Lookups by Donn P Cutler]
Centennial History Committee Claremont, S. D.: Centennial History Committee, 1986
Here's Ferney!: July 5 1986, Ferney Centennial unknown S.D.: s.n., 1986
Frederick, South Dakota, 1882-1982
[Available from the LDS FHC, Microfilm #1598363;
Lookups by Sally Pawlovich]
Frederick Centennial Book Committee Aberdeen, S. D.: North Plains Press, 1982
Groton Centennial History, 1881-1981 Groton Centennial Foundation, Inc. Aberdeen, S. D.: North Plains Press, 1981
75th Anniversary, Groton, June 10-11-12. unknown S.l.: s.n., 1956?
Hecla Centennial History, 1886-1986
[Lookups by Sally Pawlovich]
Hecla Centennial Book Committee, compiler Aberdeen, S.D. : North Plains Press, 1986
Houghton Centennial, 1885-1985 Pat Dennert, ed. Aberdeen, S.D.: Quality Quick Print, 1985
100 years of God's Grace: 1889-1989, Trinity Lutheran Church, Houghton, South Dakota unknown S. D.: s.n., 1989
100 Years on the Prairie: Mansfield Community History, 1882-1982 Centennial History Committee, compiler S.l.: s.n., 1982
Mina centennial book
[Full Text online]
Mina, S.D. : Centennial Committee, 1983 1983
History of the Finnish Settlement in Brown and Dickey counties of South and North Dakota, 1881-1955
[Lookups by Sally Pawlovich]
Savo Finnish Historical Society Savo Finnish Historical Society, 1956
Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church, Savo Township, Dakota Territory, Built 1884, Restored 1972-73. Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church, Savo Township, Brown County, S. D. S.l.: s.n., 1973
75th Anniversary, Stratford, South Dakota, and School Reunion: July 3-4-5, 1981 unknown S.l.: s.n., 1981

Resource Locations

Many of the titles above may be available for ILL (or page copy requests) for several of the above publications.

Alexander Mitchell Public Library
519 S. Kline Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
  Williams Library
Northern State University
1200 South Jay St.
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
South Dakota State Archives
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
Ph: (605) 773-3804
Fax: (605) 773-6041

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