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Janklow Archives have wide scope

Bill Janklow , in a 2005 file photo at the state Capitol in Pierre. (AP photo)

Work underway to preserve the records from the late Gov. Bill Janklow's career will date back to his days as a public defender on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, according to a progress update emailed by Daniel Daily, interim dean of libraries at the University of South Dakota.

A graduate student, Joe De La Rosa, began organizing Janklow's papers during the summer. "These papers begin with Bill Janklow's service as a lawyer on the Rosebud reservation," Daily wrote.

Janklow died one year ago, Jan. 12, 2011, after serving four terms as governor, one term as attorney general and part of a term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The archives also will include information from 7th Circuit Judge Jeff Davis, who witnessed the American Indian Movement trials conducted in Custer in the 1970s. Janklow worked as a prosecutor for the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, and Davis worked as a law clerk during the AIM trials. Davis has said he will donate his papers from the AIM trials and has agreed to be interviewed.

"As a young man, Judge Davis was in the eye of that hurricane," Daily wrote.

Janklow's one-time chief of staff, Dave Knudson, and his wife, De Knudson, have donated papers. De Knudson served as a senior policy adviser to Janklow before serving on the Sioux Falls City Council.

The archives project, being headed up by longtime Janklow aide Marshall Damgaard, will include digital newspaper archives of Janklow coverage and restored video recordings of his speeches.

Damgaard and Daily have said Janklow's papers contain correspondence from numerous constituents containing personal information that will have to be redacted under state and federal privacy laws.

"Some obvious information such as Social Security numbers, account numbers, and personally identifiable information will need to be redacted," Daily wrote.

"Joe and Marshall's excellent work with students and researchers is ensuring that Gov. Bill Janklow's record of public service is available to all who are interested."