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Robb DeWall Collection
Robb DeWall (pictured at right), a long time resident of Rapid City, broadcast journalist and historian was the EBS (Emergency Broadcasting System) broadcaster during the first 13 hours of the Rapid City Flood of 1972. His papers were donated by his estate to be preserved electronically by the Rapid City Public Library and retained in archive with the Minnilusa Historical Society.

Transcripts of broadcasts and the broadcasts themselves are used by permission of KOTA.

Below, we offer this information in multiple formats. The transcripts have been scanned and accumulated into .pdf files, digitally preserving the typed originals which sometimes have handwritten notes or other images or marks. Some files are large and can take awhile to download. Alternatively, our users may choose the same document in text format (duplicated for faster download - but containing just the text of the document).


                     Audio Files - listen on your computer or download to .mp3 player
KOTA Broadcasts
Audio of KOTA Broadcasts - warnings and reporting on the 1972 Flood
audio segments (.mp4)
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Mayor Donald Barnett
1972 Interview with then Mayor Donald Barnett by KOTA Broadcasting
(photo of Donald Barnett)


audio segments (.mp4)
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Governor Richard Kneip
1972 Interview with then Governor Kneip by KOTA Broadcasting
(photo of Richard Kneip courtesy of State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society)
audio segments (.mp4)

                     DOCUMENTS
   in four categories: Interviews, Transcripts, Letters, Other
Historical File: 
slower download -- image of actual document with any notes or corrections
Duplicated File:
faster download -- text of document
Interviews    
Robb DeWall Interview with Don Barnett (Mayor - Rapid City) 09/11/72 Questions only (.pdf) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Don Barnett (Mayor - Rapid City) 09/11/72 Page 1 of transcript (.pdf) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Dick Dell (Dispatcher - State Police Radio Communications Center) (.pdf - .5MB) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Bill Duhamel - 2nd flood (.pdf) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Art Exe - Interview Questions only (.pdf)  
Robb DeWall Interview with Richard Kneip (SD Governor) Questions only (.pdf)  
Robb DeWall Interview with Bob Laskowski 09/04/72 - Interview notes (.pdf) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Ron Messer - Interview Questions #1 (.pdf)  
Robb DeWall Interview with Ron Messer - Interview Questions #2 (.pdf) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Jim Salo - Interview Notes 06/10/72 & 06/11/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Interview with Ron Stephenson (County Commissioner) (.pdf - .5MB) (.txt)
Robb DeWall Inteview with Ron Stephenson-Files, Misc Notes (.pdf)  
Robb DeWall Interview questions-unknown person (.pdf)  
Robb DeWall Interview questions Ben ? unknown date (.pdf)  
     
Transcripts    
KOTA Transcript 06/09/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf) (.txt)
KOTA Transcript 06/09/72 #2 (time unknown) (.pdf) (.txt)
KOTA Transcript 06/09/72 #3 (time unknown) (.pdf) (.txt)
KOTA Transcript 06/10/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/10/72 #2 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/10/72 #3 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/10/72 #4 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/10/72 #5 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/10/72 #6 (10:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/11/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/11/72 #2 (early am Radio) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/11/72 #3 (6:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/11/72 #4 (6:30 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #1 (6:15 am) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #2 (8:06 am) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #3 (National Guard Situation Report) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #4 (National Guard Deaths) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #5 (10:20 am) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #6 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #7 (12:00 noon) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #8 (2:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #9 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #10 (late afternoon) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #11 (late afternoon) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #12 (5:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #13 (Dakota News Roundup) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/12/72 #14 (Nebraska Evening News Roundup) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/13/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/13/72 #2 (5:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/13/72 #3 (5:50 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/14/72 #1 (5:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/14/72 #2 (5:30 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/14/72 #3 (10:00 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/14/72 #4 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/15/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf) (.txt)
KOTA Transcript 06/15/72 #2 (7:10 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/15/72 #3 (7:10 pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/15/72 #4 (time unknown pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/15/72 #5 (time unknown pm) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/15/72 #6 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/16/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/17/72 #1 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/17/72 #2 (7:00 am) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/17/72 #3 (8:06 am) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/17/72 #4 (10:37 am) (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/17/72 #5 (12:00 noon) Dakota Noon News Roundup (.pdf)  
KOTA Transcript 06/17/72 #6 (12:00 noon) More Dakota Noon News Roundup (.pdf)  
     
Letters    

Letter from U. S. Department of the Interior

(.pdf 56kb)  
Letter from National American Red Cross (.pdf 752kb)  
Letter from SD Congressman James Abourezk (.pdf 470kb)  
Letter from Small Business Administration -- Rapid City Disaster Branch (.pdf 105kb)  
Letter to SD Department of Highways-Jack Allmon (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter from SD Department of Highways Jack Allmon (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter to Helen Duhamel from National American Red Cross 07/21/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter to Helen Duhamel from President Nixon 07/24/72 (.pdf) (.txt)

Letter to Rapid City Mayor Don Barnett 08/25/72

(.pdf) (.txt)
Letter from Clara B. Lobdell 09/11/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter from Mrs. Eva M. Murphy 09/09/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter from Mrs. Duane Newkirk 09/10/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter from Stewart to Mother and Barbara 06/18/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter to KOTA from Lillian Kaczmarch 11/08/72 (.pdf)  
Letter to KOTA from NBC Nightly Midwest Producer Mark Landsman (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter to/from Josef Meier-Black Hills Passion Play (.pdf) (.txt)
Letter to DeWall from Black Hills Power & Light - Readers Digest Article (.pdf) (.txt)
     
Other    
Rapid City/Pennington County Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center (.pdf - 895kb) (.txt)
Northwestern Bell Telephone Company - Letter regarding communication issues (.pdf - 59kb)  
Northwestern Bell Telephone Company - Rapid City Storm Damage Report (.pdf 2.5MB) (.txt)
Army Corps of Engineers News Release-first debris removal 06/13/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Black Hills Power & Light - Notes for Readers Digest Article 11/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
Department of Health Education & Welfare - News Report #1 06/11/72 (.pdf)  
Department of Health Education & Welfare - News Report #2 06/11/72 (.pdf)  
KOTA on air announcements (handwritten notes) 06/09/72 from approx. 7:00pm - 6/10/72 (.pdf)  
Memo Robb DeWall to Helen Duhamel 06/14/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
National Guard Staff Memo for General Corning 06/20/72 (.pdf)  
Office of Emergency Preparedness Press Release 06/11/72 (.pdf)  
Overview Memo-Unknown author Unknown date compiled (.pdf)  
Pennington County Director of Equilization Value Report (.pdf)  
Rapid City Assessor Estimate of Tax Loss 06/20/72 (.pdf)  
Salvation Army Fact Sheet 06/21/72 (.pdf)  
Thesis Outline - Robb DeWall (rough draft - unknown date) (.pdf) (.txt)
Thesis - Robb DeWall (rough draft-Parts 1ABC, 2AB only - unknown date) (.pdf)  
TV Panel show guest info 06/11/72 (.pdf) (.txt)
UPI Story of the year 12/26/72 (.pdf)  
Victim List #1 06/10/72 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
Victim List #2 06/10/72 (time unknown) (.pdf)  
Victim List #3 06/11/72 (6:00 pm) (.pdf)  
Victim List #4 06/12/72 (12:00 noon) (.pdf)  
Victim List #5 06/12/72 (6:00 pm) (.pdf)  
     

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