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Mary B. Edelen papers

Identifier: MS-050

Content Description

This collection contains materials primarily related to the work of Mary Edelen during her time as South Dakota representative. The collection also includes a few items about her mother, Marjorie Beaty.


  • Creation: 1973 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restriction. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

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to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC.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

Mary Beaty Edelen served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1980 and from 1983 to 1992, representing Clay and Union Counties and becoming the first woman legislator elected from her district. She was the president of the National Order of Women Legislators in 1986 and on the executive board of the Legislative Research Council from 1975-76 and 1979-80.

Mary Beaty was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, on December 9, 1944. She received a B.A. degree from the University of South Dakota in 1967 and a M.A. degree from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)

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Edelen (Mary B.) papers
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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository