"Improving the quality of social and cultural life in the Northern Plains ... achieving a better understanding of the region, its heritage and its resources ... and stimulating interest in the solution to regional problems through the application of knowledge areas of concern to the Center for Western Studies." – CWS Constitution
Founded by author and former Augustana College (now Augustana University) English Professor Herbert Krause, the center serves as a repository for more than 500 substantive archival collections and maintains a library in excess of 37,000 volumes on the American West.
With more than 75 publications to its credit, the center is a major academic publisher in South Dakota.
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