Madeline McDowell Breckinridge Papers, 1867, 1888-1923.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge Papers, 1867, 1888-1923.
Creator
Breckinridge, Madeline (McDowell), 1867-1923
Extent
6 boxes
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a granddaughter of Henry Clay, was born at Woodlake, Franklin Co., Ky., May 20, 1872. In 1889, she attended Miss Porter's School, Farmington, Ct. and then studied, 1890-1894, at State College which became the University of Kentucky. On November 17, 1898, she married Desha Breckinridge, editor of the Lexington HERALD. Both Breckinridges were involved with the social and political issues of the day.
Despite her illness of tuberculosis of the bone and in keeping with her heritage as a granddaughter of Henry Clay, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge made significant contributions to the causes which she initiated or supported. Mrs. Breckinridge served as president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, 1912-1915 and again in 1919. She was second vice-president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, 1913-1914. In addition, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fayette County Tuberculosis Fayette County Associated Charities, on the executive committee of the Lexington League and was vice-president of the Kentucky Child Labor Commission.
The collection consists almost entirely of pamphlets, broadsides, leaflets and printed materials which reflect Mrs. Breckinridge's wide range of interest in social and political concerns. There are very few letters in the collection. The majority of the papers are devoted to women's suffrage issues. The materials are arranged by subject. When the collection was originally organized in 1952, there were 1003 items. When the papers were reorganized for better access and an inventory was created in 1997, the pieces were not counted.
For additional information about Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, please see Preston Breckinridge's Madeline McDowell Breckenridge, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, c1921l; Dr. Melba Porter Hay's 1980 University of Kentucky dissertation, "Madeline McDowell Breckinridge: Kentucky Suffragist and Progressive Reformer" and Dr. James Klotter's The Breckinridges of Kentucky, 1760-1981, University Press of Kentucky, c1986.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.

Contents of the Collection

Anti-Suffrage - Civic Improvement

Anti-suffrage, 1915-1918; undated materials.

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Birth control, 1916-1920; undated materials.

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Charities, 1904-1914.

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Child labor, 1896-1905.

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Child labor, 1906-1909.

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Child labor, 1910-1912.

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Child labor, 1913-1919.

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Child labor; undated materials.

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Child labor correspondence and miscellaneous materials, 1906-1915.

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Child labor newspaper clippings, 1906-1913; mostly undated.

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Civic improvement, 1905-1921; undated materials.

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Community Service - Labor Laws and Working Conditions, 1901?-1914

Community service, 1919.

  • Box 2, folder 12
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Education, 1904-1919; undated materials.

  • Box 2, folder 12.5
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Foreign materials; mostly undated.

  • Box 2, folder 13
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Home rule, Denver, 1903-1904. Correspondence and articles.

  • Box 2, folder 14
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Home rule, Denver, 1903-1904. Newspaper clippings.

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Housing, 1910-1920.

  • Box 2, folder 16
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Insurance, 1913-1917; undated materials.

  • Box 2, folder 17
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Kentucky, 1905-1920; undated materials.

  • Box 2, folder 18
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Labor laws and working conditions, 1901?-1914. Includes report of the Cherry Mine disaster, November 13, 1909, Cherry, IL

  • Box 2, folder 19
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Labor Laws and Working Conditions, 1919-1920 - Tuberculosis, 1902-1907

Labor laws and working conditions, 1919-1920; undated materials.

  • Box 3, folder 20
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Lincoln School (Lexington, Ky.), 1909-1913. Model school.

  • Box 3, folder 21
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Miscellaneous materials, 1903-1919; undated materials.

  • Box 3, folder 22
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Recreation, 1900-1919; undated materials.

  • Box 3, folder 23
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Social work, 1911-1923; undated materials.

  • Box 3, folder 24
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Southern problems, 1903-1916; undated material.

  • Box 3, folder 25
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Temperance, ca1915.

  • Box 3, folder 26
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Tuberculosis, 1902-1907.

  • Box 3, folder 27
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Tuberculosis, 1908 - Women's Suffrage, 1907-1909

Tuberculosis, 1908.

  • Box 4, folder 28
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Tuberculosis, 1914-1920; undated materials.

  • Box 4, folder 29
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Tuberculosis. Bulletins, 1918-1920.

  • Box 4, folder 30
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Voting, 1909-1920.

  • Box 4, folder 31
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Women. Miscellaneous materials, 1905-1919; undated materials.

  • Box 4, folder 32
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Women's suffrage, 1867 (1888) - 1904.

  • Box 4, folder 33
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Women's suffrage, 1905-1906.

  • Box 4, folder 34
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Women's suffrage, 1907-1909.

  • Box 4, folder 35
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Women's Suffrage, 1910 - 1917

Women's suffrage, 1910.

  • Box 5, folder 36
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Women's suffrage, 1911-1912.

  • Box 5, folder 37
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Women's suffrage, 1913.

  • Box 5, folder 38
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Women's suffrage. The Case for Woman Suffrage by Margaret Ladd Franklin, 1913.

  • Box 5, folder 39
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Women's suffrage, 1914.

  • Box 5, folder 40
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Women's suffrage, 1915.

  • Box 5, folder 41
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Women's suffrage, 1916-1917. Includes "A Mother's Sphere" by M.M. Breckinridge.

  • Box 5, folder 42
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Women's Suffrage, 1918 - 1919 June - World War I

Women's suffrage, 1918 - 1919 June.

  • Box 6, folder 43
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Women's suffrage, 1919 July - 1921 April.

  • Box 6, folder 44
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Women's suffrage. Broadsides, leaflets and miscellaneous pieces, undated pieces, A-W.

  • Box 6, folder 45
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Women's suffrage. Broadsides and leaflets. National American Woman Suffrage Association, undated pieces, B-W.

  • Box 6, folder 46
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Women's suffrage. Broadsides and leaflets. Political equality; undated.

  • Box 6, folder 47
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Women's suffrage. Kentucky-related materials, 1909-1917; undated materials.

  • Box 6, folder 48
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Women's suffrage. Pamphlets, A-P; undated.

  • Box 6, folder 49
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Women's suffrage. Pamphlets, S-W; undated.

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Women's suffrage. Woman Suffrage Calendar, 1910.

  • Box 6, folder 51
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World War I.

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