Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the Center for Western Studies located?
A: The Center is located at 2121 S. Summit Ave. on the Augustana College campus. The building is south of the Mikkelsen Library.
Q: What are the Center's hours?
A: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Q: Is there an admission fee?
A: No, but free will donations are accepted. We suggest $4 for adults and $2 for children. Gifts support the Center's operating budget and programs.
Q: Is the Center part of Augustana College?
A: Yes, the Center is a program of Augustana College, established by the College in 1970.
Q: Can I bring a tour group to see the Center's exhibits?
A: Yes, but we encourage you to call ahead — 605.274.4007.
Q: How do I donate my family or personal papers, library, art work, and/or artifacts to the Center?
A: Please contact Collections Assistant Liz Thrond to donate materials to any of the Center's research collections.
Q: Can you appraise materials or art work for me?
A: It is against the United States tax code for our institution to provide appraisals of works of art or other historical and cultural materials, especially when those materials are being considered for donation to the Center. We are also not at liberty to recommend appraisers.
Q: How do I find out what you have available at the Center for research?
A: Keyword searchable indexes of the personal paper, association, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, and South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ archival collections are available on our web-site. There are additional guides available on specific subject matter, such as South Dakota Norwegian-Americans, women's history resources, and photographic collections. Published guides to the Episcopal and United Church of Christ collections and Richard F. Pettigrew papers are also available in the CWS Gift Shop and offer more in-depth descriptions. The Center's Krause Library is cataloged on-line on WorldCat.
Q: Are there fees for researching at the Center?
A: There are fees for researching in the CWS archives. As a private, non-profit institution with responsibilities to our donors and the collections they have entrusted to us, we charge access and reproduction fees to offset the cost of preservation supplies. However, there is no fee for using the Krause Library on the second floor of the Fantle Building. Members of the Center for Western Studies are entitled to discounts on research fees and circulation privileges in the Krause Library.
Q: Can you translate letters or other materials for me?
A: We are not able to provide translation services for your personal or family materials. If the documents are in French, German, or Spanish, you might try contacting the Augustana College Modern Foreign Languages Department for assistance. The University of Minnesota Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch provides an informal list of Scandinavian translators located in the Twin Cities region. But expect to pay for a professional level of service; translators often charge by the word.