Dakota Collections Care Initiative

A Collaborative Project between North and South Dakota

**The 2013 Workshop Schedule is now available.

Funding by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI) is a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in North and South Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states.

DCCI is based on the findings from statewide planning projects undertaken separately by North and South Dakota between 2008 and 2010.

North Dakota Cultural Heritage Initiative and its Collection Conversations

South Dakota Connects to Collections

Below is a brief overview of the DCCI activities over the next two years. For more information, please contact the project administrator.

Year One Activities – 2012

  • 12 institutional assessments, six in each state, and completion of follow-up projects by the 12 institutions in consultation with the conservator
  • 12 three-day hands-on collections workshop series, six in each state

Year Two Activities – 2013

  • 8 disaster preparedness workshops, 4 in each state
  • 8 disaster recovery workshops, 4 in each state 
  • Development of a mutual aid network to connect paid and unpaid collections staff across the two states

DCCI Advisory Committee

  • DCCI Project Co-­‐Director: Chelle Somsen, Archivist, South Dakota State Historical Society State (SDSHS)
  • DCCI Project Co-­‐Director: Mark Ryan, Director of Collections and Operations, Plains Art Museum
  • Ann Jenks, State Archivist, State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND)
  • Stacia McGourty, Collections Services Librarian, South Dakota State Library
  • Ronette Rumpca, Curator of Interpretation, SDSHS
  • Jay Smith, Museum Director, SDSHS
  • Jenny Yearous, Curator of Collections Management, SHSND

DCCI Project Staff




South Dakota Connects to Collections Project Update

July 30, 2010 - The IMLS report is now available. It may be downloaded and viewed now (please be aware, the file is quite large and download time may be extended depending upon your internet connection).

Our South Dakota Connects to Collections brochure is also available for download.

To all who participated in the survey for the South Dakota Connects to Collections project – THANK YOU. We are fortunate to have so many institutions and individuals who care about preserving the cultural history of South Dakota.

The completed surveys are in the process of being compiled and analyzed. The results will be used to create a plan to improve preservation and conservation efforts throughout the state. A comprehensive report will be generated and distributed to all participants in late spring.

Project coordinators will hold a session at the Association of South Dakota Museums Annual Conference in Aberdeen – April 16th – to present the findings and discuss with the group possible next steps. Similar meetings will be held in other areas around the state. The locations and times will be announced at a later date.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Jane Roth Williams, Associate Curator of Outreach, South Dakota State Historical Society via e-mail at jane.rothwilliams@state.sd.us