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Jane Breeden, a member of the Pierre Dickens Club, is standing at far right in the top row of this picture of the club’s 1911 costume party. Her daughter, Majorie, is the first woman from the left in the second row of standing figures. Source: SD State Archives

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The Jane Rooker Breeden Papers have been adopted.

The Breeden Papers at the South Dakota Historical Resource Center concern Jane Breeden's woman suffrage and temperance activities and the social organizations she belonged to. The papers have been arranged into six series: Correspondence, 1888-1910; Woman Suffrage, 1888-1910; Temperance, 1874-1908; Social Life, 1896 -1932; World War I Anti -German Propaganda, 1916-1918; and Miscellany.

  • The correspondence mainly concerns the woman suffrage movement and contains many letters from the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NA WSA) written by well-known suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt.
  • As part of her job as chairwoman of the press committee of the SDESA, Breeden also corresponded with newspapers in the state that were willing to publish woman suffrage press releases.
  • In addition to correspondence, the Breeden collection contains numerous publications concerning the woman suffrage movement nationally and in South Dakota.
  • The NAWSA publications National Suffrage Bulletin and Woman Suffrage Leaflet as well as the Bulletin and the Columbian, both South Dakota suffragist publications, are included in the collection.
  • A variety of other pamphlets and leaflets distributed by the NAWSA are also present.
  • The woman suffrage material in the Breeden Papers contains some records of the South Dakota "Votes for Women" Committee. This organization ran the campaign for passage of a woman suffrage amendment to the South Dakota Constitution during the 1910 election. Breeden's interest in the temperance movement is also reflected in her papers.  This material includes  WCTU publications and the minutes, annual reports, and proceedings of national, Illinois, and South Dakota temperance meetings.
  • Of special interest are two issues of the South Dakota temperance newspaper the Exodus.
  • Material on the various social clubs of which Breeden was a member is arranged under the title Social Life. Four clubs are represented by a folder or more of material: the Dickens Club, the Round Table, the South Dakota Federation of  Women's  Clubs, and the Woman's Club of Pierre. A large portion of this series is composed of yearbooks detailing the membership and activities of the organizations. Also included is a folder of miscellaneous invitations, calling cards, and programs of banquets, concerts, and entertainments from Pierre and Arcola.
  • The World War I Anti-German Propaganda consists of pamphlets and articles from a variety of sources, including the Committee on Public Information. Such items as The Kaiserite in America: One Hundred and One German Lies and The German­ Bolshevik Conspiracy are representative of the type of material in this series.
  • The final series is a miscellaneous combination of pamphlets and newspaper clippings on a variety of unrelated topics. Jane Breeden's daughter, Marjorie, was the first woman to graduate with a law degree from the University of South Dakota, and the collection contains several items concerning the university. Two issues of the Monthly South Dakotan contain articles on women's clubs, one by Jane Rooker Breeden and one by Alice R. Gossage. Much of the miscellaneous material concerns the city of  Pierre,  its residents, and local activities. A pamphlet entitled  Picturesque Pierre includes photographs of turn-of-the-century buildings, many of which no longer exist. Most of the newspaper clippings in this series also concern Pierre. Of special interest is a one-page article from an 1890 Chicago Times about "Progressive Pierre." This material could prove useful to researchers working on Pierre.

Photo Digitization project (H74-22) 1 cubic foot 1870-1922. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . goal $7,500


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