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Collections at the Moody County Museum

Local History Files: Newspaper clippings, directories, monographs, obituaries, and research papers on the history of Moody County. Collection spans 1872-present.

For genealogical and other local-interest research, also visit the Rootsweb at, which includes online access to selected historical and vital records, message boards for people researching Moody County citizens, plus information about other nearby historical organizations.

Library and Archives: Contain incomplete runs of the city directory Sanborn fire insurance maps; abstract books; county-wide newspapers on microfilm,  including: Colman Argus, Egan Express, Flandreau Herald, Moody County Enterprise and first issue of Roscoe Express. Microfilm collection spans late 1878-1990s.

Note: Moody County Resource Center, 610 West Community Drive, has a collection of Moody County's newspapers, access to, plus books in their archives. We recommend that researchers also consult their collection.

Reva Smith Photo Collection: Donated by local Flandreau photographer, Ernest Gregory in honor of his grandmother, Reva Smith. This collection contains photographs collected by Ernie over 5 decades of working in the Moody County area.  In addition to taking photographs, Ernie was an avid collector of the historic pictures of the county's early history.

Local History Artifact Collection: Hundreds of artifacts, ranging from prehistory through the twentieth century, includes household, agricultural, professional, trades, leisure, transportation, decorative arts, folk art, and military-themed materials.

Research Center Collections: Moody County's history is a patchwork of stories from individual lives. Family files, personal letters, diaries, family trees, scrapbooks, oral histories and photographs all tell first-hand stories of lives we can only imagine. Maps, ledgers, business correspondence, directories, newspapers, and event programs reveal threads within and throughout the community. All the school records from the Superintendent of Schools at the Moody County Courthouse have been transferred to the Museum.  Also available are databases of all Moody County cemeteries, Moody County veterans and Moody County businesses. This research facility provides a safe home and easy access to the materials that literally document Moody’s County’s heritage.

If you have family treasures tucked away in an attic, trunk, hat box or pasteboard box under the bed, please consider adding to this body of knowledge. Donate your documents and artifacts to the historical society for safekeeping. Tell us your stories. It’s the best way to share them with future generations.

The Director and volunteers provide assistance. We invite you to undertake your own assisted research or we will be happy to do it for you.

The Research Center is a reference only facility; NO materials may be removed from the building.