Friday, June 08, 2012


As the people of the Black Hills pause to remember the devastating flood of June 9, 1972, the Devereaux Library is sharing some of images from the library’s special collections. These images, taken immediately after the flood and in the days that followed, are a few of the items that the library has regarding this tragic event. Some of these images were received as an anonymous gift, others from friends of the library and from governmental agencies. Some are well documented and identified, others remain a mystery. As you view these images, please let us know if you can identify the locations or offer other information. Please feel free to add your comments or contact us via e-mail. 

The flood touched the lives of the entire region and the School of Mines was no exception. The campus sustained significant damage on its northern section including Devereaux Library, Mineral Industries Building, Maintenance Building, O’Harra Stadium and the campus parking garage. Among the flood’s victims were two SDSM&T professors, Dr. Lowell Dieter, professor of chemistry at the institution since 1956 and Professor Herb Weisz who joined the Mining Department in 1958. 

You can view this sampling of library images either by clicking on the photograph on the library’s webpage, or directly at 

The library has many other resources about the 1972 flood including, books, maps, reports, aerial photos and other items of interest. If you would like to learn more about this disaster, we’re here to help. 

If you have items you would like to add to our growing collection, please let us know. We can scan copies and/or give the items a safe home.