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Jane Rooker Breeden papers

Identifier: MS-024

Content Description

The Breeden Papers consist of correspondence, pamphlets, administrative records, newspaper clippings and print materials extending from 1895 to 1933.

The papers relate to the women's suffrage movement in South Dakota, including material from the South Dakota Equal Suffrage Association, the South Dakota Universal Franchise League, the State Council of Defense and the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Additional materials relate to the South Dakota Federation of Women's Clubs.


  • 1895 - 1933
  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 1920


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This collection is open for research without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Jane Rooker Breeden, born in 1853, was the oldest daughter of James Rooker Smith and Sarah McCann Smith. The Smiths emigrated from England and settled in Philadelphia, eventually resettling in Arcola, Illinois. In 1883, Jane married James Knox Breeden, an attorney. In 1892, the Breeden's moved to South Dakota where they filed a homestead claim in Stanley County. After a short time in her new home, Jane became involved in the campaign for equal suffrage for women and became chair of the State Equal Suffrage Association. The Breedens eventually left their ranch and moved to Pierre, South Dakota. Jane held the office of "Perpetual Vice President" for the Dickens Club, a literary club established in Pierre, and also helped to establish the state's Federation of Women's Clubs.


2 Linear Feet (4 document boxes with printed materials available in boxes 3 and 4 and an individually wrapped scrapbook. )

Language of Materials



The Jane Rooker Breeden Papers are arranged into six series: Correspondence, Subject Files, Government Documents, Published Materials, Newspapers, and Maps.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1895-1933, Box 1, Folder 1-13 The correspondence consists of letters received by Breeden. The letters are arranged chronologically. Series 2: Subject Files, Box 1, Folders 14-22; Box 2, Folders 1-14 The subject files contain articles, pamphlets, programs, and print materials relating to state and national suffrage associations. The material is organized alphabetically by topic or by organization name. Series 3: Government Documents, Box 2, Folders 14-21 Includes print materials from the South Dakota House and Senate. Series 4: Published Materials, Box 3, Folders 1-5 Book and magazine publications. Series 5: Newspapers, Box 4, Folders 1-12 Consists of newspaper clippings and full editions of state and national newspapers. Suffrage in South Dakota. Series 6: Maps Contains South Dakota state and highway maps, maps of the city of Pierre and Stanley and Lyman Counties in South Dakota. This Series is located in a large oversize folder in the Map Cases.

Related Materials

Related materials regarding Jane Rooker Breeden Papers may be found in the following collection in this repository: Jane Rooker Breeden Papers (H74-22) at the South Dakota State Archives in Pierre, South Dakota. This collection contains 1 cubic feet and includes: correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and other papers relating to the woman suffrage and temperance movements in South Dakota and Illinois, 1870-1922. The primary focus of this collection is on Breeden's social and political activities. Included are woman's suffrage publications from both state and federal levels; correspondence concerning woman's suffrage; temperance materials from the national level, Illinois, and South Dakota; programs, yearbooks, and newspaper clippings from the Dickens Club, the Round Table Club, S.D. Federation of Woman's Clubs, and the Woman's Club of Pierre; pamphlets and articles representative of World War I anti-German sentiment; and a combination of pamphlets and newspaper clippings on a variety of unrelated topics, much of which concerns the city of Pierre, S.D., its residents and local activities. Correspondents include: Carrie Chapman Catt, Helen M. Reynolds, Rachel Foster Avery, S.D. Press Association members.
Jane Rooker Breeden papers
Mary Ellen Ducey and Anne Hinseth
1999 January
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Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository