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Desha Breckinridge papers, 1860-1943

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Heather J. Burke

Title

Desha Breckinridge papers

Date

1860-1943

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

1997MS136: [identification of item], Desha Breckinridge papers, 1860-1943, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

11.03 Cubic Feet

25 boxes, 1 item

Abstract

Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935) was the publisher and editor of the Lexington Herald and married famous suffragist Madeline McDowell Breckinridge. His papers consist of correspondence, financial and business records, speeches, and photographs, which document his career at the Lexington Herald; his personal relationships with family and friends; and his interests in horse racing, politics, and mining.

Biography/History

Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935) was the son of Issa Desha Breckinridge and William C. P. Breckinridge. He attended Princeton University and the University of Virginia. He joined the Kentucky bar in 1893 and practiced in his father's Lexington, Kentucky, law firm, Breckinridge & Shelby until 1900. During the Spanish-American War he was an aide de camp to his uncle Major General J. C. Breckinridge. He became the publisher of the Lexington Herald in 1897 and its editor in 1904. Additionally he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1920, 1928, and 1932. Breckinridge married Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a nationally recognized advocate for women's rights and social causes, in 1898. Madeline died in 1920, and Desha Breckinridge married Mary Frazier Lebus in 1929. His siblings included Sophonisba P. Breckinridge, Eleanor Breckinridge Chalkley, and Mary Curry Breckinridge.

Scope and Content

The Desha Breckinridge papers consist of correspondence, financial and business records, speeches, and photographs. His extensive correspondence with family, friends, and associates illuminates his business and personal relationships as well as highlights his interests in Democratic politics and horse racing. He corresponded often with his sister Sophonisba, Jouett Shouse, Thomas R. Underwood, and his father W.C.P. Breckinridge. His business and financial papers contain insurance policies, contracts, brokerage accounts, checks, and deposit slips. In particular, they document his involvement with the Lexington Herald and in mining, especially with a Montana company that mined vermiculite and asbestos. Finally, the papers contain family photographs and realia; papers relating to W.C.P. Breckinridge's estate; and a gold pendant given to John C. Breckinridge in 1860.

Subjects

  • Lexington Herald. (Firm)
  • Kentucky--History--19th century.
  • Breckinridge, Desha, 1867-1935
  • Breckinridge, Madeline McDowell, 1872-1920
  • Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston, 1866-1948
  • Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston, 1837-1904
  • Shouse, Jouett, 1879-1968
  • Underwood, Walter W.
  • Correspondence.
  • Horse racing--Kentucky.
  • Lawyers--Kentucky.
  • Newspapers--Kentucky.
  • Vermiculite

Collection Inventory

First National Bank account book of W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1902-1904
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Webster Pronouncing Dictionary, 1899
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Checkbook, 1935-1936
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Explanatory summary of the Kentucky Income Tax Act, 1936
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Programs, 1937-1940, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Kentucky Derby program, 1939 May 6
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
World Outlook, 1940 September
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Annual Report, Montana Power Company, 1941
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
From a Japanese Prison, Samuel Heaslett, 1943
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Plaque: The Optimist Creed, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
Shoe buckle, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
Box with key and lock of hair, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 12]
Great Southern Refining Company, 1920, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1929
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1930 January - 1930 April
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1930 May - 1930 December
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Brokerage account, W. L. Lyons, 1931
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
J. J. B. Hilliard & Son, 1929
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Coggeshall and Hicks, 1929
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Brokerage, Western Union/telegram copies, 1929, 1931
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Insurance policies, 1899-1935
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Insurance policies, 1907-1908
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
Insurance policies, 1923-1929
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
Insurance policies, 1930-1931
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Insurance policies, 1930-1936
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
Insurance policies, 1932-1935
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Thomas R. Underwood insurance (originals and copies), 1932-1937
[Box: 3, Folder: 4-5]
1932 March
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
1932 April
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
1932 May
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
1932 June
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
1932 July
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
1932 August
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
1932 September
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
1932 October
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
1932 November
[Box: 4, Folder: 9]
1932 December
[Box: 4, Folder: 10]
[1932]
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
1933 January
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
1933 February
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
1933 March
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
1933 April
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
1933 May
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
1933 June
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
1933 July
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
1933 August
[Box: 5, Folder: 9]
1933 September
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
1933 October
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
1933 November
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
1933 December
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
Sweepstakes tickets, 1932-1933
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
[1933]
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
1934 January 1 - 1934 January 15
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
1934 January 16 - 1934 January 31
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
1934 February
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
1934 March
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
1934 April
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
1934 May
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
1934 June
[Box: 7, Folder: 6]
1934 July
[Box: 7, Folder: 7]
1934 August
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
1934 September
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
1934 October
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
1934 November
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
1934 December
[Box: 8, Folder: 5]
[1934]
[Box: 8, Folder: 6]
Child labor, [1934]
[Box: 8, Folder: 7]
1935
[Box: 8, Folder: 8]
Library of Congress, 1930
[Box: 8, Folder: 9]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1926 September - 1931 December
[Box: 8, Folder: 10]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1932
[Box: 8, Folder: 11]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1933 January - June
[Box: 8, Folder: 12]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1933 July - December
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, 1934
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, copies, 1931-1934
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
Miss S.P. Breckinridge, undated
[Box: 9, Folder: 4]
Jouett Shouse, 1923-1927
[Box: 9, Folder: 5]
Jouett Shouse, 1929
[Box: 9, Folder: 6]
Jouett Shouse, 1930
[Box: 9, Folder: 7]
Jouett Shouse, 1931
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
Jouett Shouse, 1932
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
Jouett Shouse, 1933
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
Jouett Shouse, 1934-1935
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
Jouett Shouse, copies, 1926-1934
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
Jouett Shouse, undated
[Box: 10, Folder: 6]
Income tax, copies, 1916-1929
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
Income tax, 1929
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
Income tax, 1930
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
Income tax, 1931
[Box: 11, Folder: 4]
Income tax, 1935
[Box: 11, Folder: 5, 7]
Income tax, 1934
[Box: 11, Folder: 6]
First National Bank and Trust Co, 1929-1930
[Box: 11, Folder: 8]
Second National Bank deposits, Mt. Horab Church fund, 1932
[Box: 11, Folder: 9]
Special account, 1924-1926
[Box: 11, Folder: 10]
Security Trust Co, 1930
[Box: 11, Folder: 11]
Security Trust Co. deposit slips, 1932
[Box: 11, Folder: 12]
Financial, 1925-1930
[Box: 11, Folder: 13-14]
Financial, 1933
[Box: 11, Folder: 15]
Financial, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1930-1932
[Box: 11, Folder: 16]
Breckinridge and Shouse, 1930
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
Fayette National Bank deposit slips, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1931
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
Fayette National Bank deposit slips, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1932
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
Fayette National Bank deposit slips, Breckinridge and Shouse, 1934
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
Breckinridge and Shouse receipts (originals and copies), 1933
[Box: 12, Folder: 5-6]
Fayette National Bank, 1928-1931
[Box: 12, Folder: 7-8]
Fayette National Bank, deposit slips, 1930-1931
[Box: 12, Folder: 9]
Fayette National Bank, deposit slips, 1932-1933
[Box: 12, Folder: 10]
Receipts, horse accounts, 1930-1933
[Box: 12, Folder: 11]
Financial statements, copies, 1917-1921, undated
[Box: 12, Folder: 12]
Financial, 1930-1931
[Box: 12, Folder: 13]
Financial, 1928-1934
[Box: 12, Folder: 14]
General, 1905-1929, undated
[Box: 12, Folder: 15]
W.C.P. Breckinridge, civil war involvement (original and typed copies), 1862
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
General, contracts from unmarked envelope, 1898-1904, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
Executor of Estate of W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1904 December - 1905 February
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
Executor of Estate of W.C.P. Breckinridge, insurance, 1905-1906, 1927
[Box: 13, Folder: 4]
W.C.P. Breckinridge, general, 1860,1898-1905, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 5]
Newspaper from envelope marked W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1925 January 22-29
[Box: 13, Folder: 6]
From envelope marked W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1879,1921,1924, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 7-8]
Information on W.C.P. Breckinridge, 1925
[Box: 13, Folder: 9]
Wallet and contents, 1902-1903, undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 10]
1901-1920
[Box: 14, Folder: 1]
1921-1922
[Box: 14, Folder: 2]
1923
[Box: 14, Folder: 3]
1924
[Box: 14, Folder: 4]
1925
[Box: 14, Folder: 5]
1926 January - 1926 March
[Box: 14, Folder: 6]
1926 April - 1926 June
[Box: 14, Folder: 7]
1926 July - 1926 December
[Box: 14, Folder: 8]
1926
[Box: 14, Folder: 9]
1927 January - 1927 June
[Box: 14, Folder: 10]
1927 July - 1927 December
[Box: 15, Folder: 1]
1928
[Box: 15, Folder: 2]
1929 January - 1929 June
[Box: 19, Folder: 1]
1929 July - 1929 October
[Box: 19, Folder: 2]
1929 November - 1929 December
[Box: 19, Folder: 3]
[1929]
[Box: 19, Folder: 4]
1930 January
[Box: 19, Folder: 5]
1930 February
[Box: 19, Folder: 6]
1930 March
[Box: 19, Folder: 7]
1930 April
[Box: 19, Folder: 8]
1930 May
[Box: 19, Folder: 9]
1930 June
[Box: 19, Folder: 10]
1930 July
[Box: 19, Folder: 11]
1930 August
[Box: 19, Folder: 12]
1930 September
[Box: 19, Folder: 13]
1930 October
[Box: 19, Folder: 14]
1930 November
[Box: 20, Folder: 1]
1930 December
[Box: 20, Folder: 2]
[1930]
[Box: 20, Folder: 3]
1931 January
[Box: 20, Folder: 4]
1931 February
[Box: 20, Folder: 5]
1931 March
[Box: 20, Folder: 6]
1931 April
[Box: 20, Folder: 7]
1931 May
[Box: 20, Folder: 8]
1931 June
[Box: 20, Folder: 9]
1931 July
[Box: 20, Folder: 10]
1931 August
[Box: 20, Folder: 11]
1931 September
[Box: 20, Folder: 12]
1931 October
[Box: 20, Folder: 13]
1931 November
[Box: 20, Folder: 14]
1931 December
[Box: 21, Folder: 1]
[1931]
[Box: 21, Folder: 2]
1932 January
[Box: 21, Folder: 3]
1932 February
[Box: 21, Folder: 4]
Lexington Herald, respirator fund, 1935
[Box: 15, Folder: 3]
Lexington Herald, Financial Co, 1929-1931
[Box: 15, Folder: 4]
Lexington Herald, financial statements, 1922-1936
[Box: 15, Folder: 5]
Lexington Herald, new addition, 1930-1931
[Box: 15, Folder: 6]
Lexington Herald, personnel, 1923-1931
[Box: 15, Folder: 7]
Financial (including Lexington Herald), 1926 June - 1933 March
[Box: 15, Folder: 8]
1929-1930
[Box: 15, Folder: 9]
State police, 1920-1927
[Box: 15, Folder: 10]
Dr. Turck letters and editorial, 1929-1931
[Box: 16, Folder: 1]
State planning board, 1931-1934,undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 2]
Stone Mountain, 1925-1928
[Box: 16, Folder: 3]
Mrs. Lyman Chalkley (originals and copies), 1923-1934
[Box: 16, Folder: 4-5]
Genevieve Christy, 1924-1933
[Box: 16, Folder: 6]
Contracts, 1917-1919
[Box: 16, Folder: 7]
Central Kentucky Natural Gas Co, 1927-1934
[Box: 16, Folder: 8]
Oil and gas leases, Courson, 1925
[Box: 16, Folder: 9]
City and county fire protections, copies, 1934
[Box: 16, Folder: 10]
Engineers Aircraft Corporation, 1930
[Box: 16, Folder: 11]
Tugwell bill, 1934
[Box: 16, Folder: 12]
Gold pendant inscribed John C. Breckinridge, 1860
[Box: 16, Folder: 13, Item: 1]
Andrew J. May, 1933
[Box: 16, Folder: 14]
Pardons granted, 1916 April - October
[Box: 16, Folder: 15]
Memorandum to will, 1933
[Box: 16, Folder: 16]
McDowell and Underwood, executors of D. Breckinridge, 1934-1936
[Box: 16, Folder: 17]
Clinton Harbison, attorney of D. Breckinridge Estate, 1935-1936
[Box: 16, Folder: 18]
Exchange subscriptions, 1935
[Box: 17, Folder: 1]
T. Underwood, general, 1936-1945
[Box: 17, Folder: 2]
T. Underwood, Twentieth Century Fund, 1939
[Box: 17, Folder: 3]
T. Underwood, U.S. Court of Appeals address to (by Thomas E. Lyons), 1939
[Box: 17, Folder: 4]
General, undated
[Box: 17, Folder: 5]
Kyrock, 1930-1933, undated
[Box: 17, Folder: 6]
Vermiculite, 1928 August - 1929 November
[Box: 17, Folder: 7]
Vermiculite, 1929 December - 1930 March
[Box: 17, Folder: 8]
Vermiculite, 1930 April - November
[Box: 17, Folder: 9]
Vermiculite, 1931 January - December
[Box: 17, Folder: 10]
Vermiculite, 1932 January - December
[Box: 18, Folder: 1]
Vermiculite, 1933 January - July
[Box: 18, Folder: 2]
Vermiculite, 1933 August - December
[Box: 18, Folder: 3]
Vermiculite, 1934
[Box: 18, Folder: 4]
Vermiculite copies, 1929-1934
[Box: 18, Folder: 5]
Vermiculite, 1929-1933, undated
[Box: 18, Folder: 6]
Vermiculite, Abestos Company of Libby Montana, 1928-1934
[Box: 18, Folder: 7]
Western Union telegrams, 1927-1934
[Box: 21, Folder: 5]
Obituaries (copies), 1935 February
[Box: 21, Folder: 6]
Speeches, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 7]
Democratic Presidential tickets, 1856, 1860
[Box: 21, Folder: 8]
Broadsheet, 1861
[Box: 21, Folder: 9]
Photographs, Desha and Madge, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 10]
Photographs, Ashland, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 11]
Photographs, Kentucky Cardinal (horse), 1925
[Box: 21, Folder: 12]
Photographs, Delegates, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 13]
Photographs, general, 1920s,1934, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 14-17]
Silhouettes, undated
[Box: 21, Folder: 18]
Cuts from book: Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, 1921
[Box: 21, Folder: 19]
Skywriter, magazine, 1937 December
[Box: 22, Folder: 1]
Kentucky Alumnus, 1921 June
[Box: 22, Folder: 2]
Lexington Leader, 1936
[Box: 22, Folder: 3]
Nantucket, 1934
[Box: 22, Folder: 4]
Mrs. Thomas Underwood, sympathy cards on her father's death, 1939
[Box: 22, Folder: 5]
Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 June, undated
[Box: 22, Folder: 6]
Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 July
[Box: 23, Folder: 1, Box: 22, Folder: 7-8]
Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 August
[Box: 23, Folder: 2-3]
Mrs. Walter Piggott, 1939 September - November
[Box: 23, Folder: 4]
General, 1935-1939
[Box: 23, Folder: 5]
Horse racing miscellaneous, 1875-1939
[Box: 24, Folder: 1]
Gambling miscellaneous, 1921-1926, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 2]
Racing, 1923 February 28
[Box: 24, Folder: 3]
Political miscellaneous, 1925-1934, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 4]
Kentucky miscellaneous, 1930-1933, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 5]
Copies W.C.P. Breckinridge speech, 1889
[Box: 24, Folder: 6]
Copies, 1916-1919
[Box: 24, Folder: 7]
Copies, 1920-1923
[Box: 24, Folder: 8]
Copies, 1924-1929
[Box: 24, Folder: 9]
Copies, 1930-1931
[Box: 24, Folder: 10]
Copies, 1932
[Box: 24, Folder: 11]
Copies, 1932
[Box: 24, Folder: 12]
Copies, 1934
[Box: 25, Folder: 1]
Copies, 1939-1942
[Box: 25, Folder: 2]
Copies miscellaneous, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 3]
From envelope marked Letters to Thomas
[Box: 25, Folder: 4]
Letters, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 5]
New Gould Mining Co. checks, 1925-1929
[Box: 25, Folder: 6]
Perry County, Ky, 1927
[Box: 25, Folder: 7]
Widener clippings, papers, correspondence, 1929-1934
[Box: 25, Folder: 8]
Lansill case papers, 1932
[Box: 25, Folder: 9]
Jouett portraits correspondence, 1932-1933
[Box: 25, Folder: 10]
Our United States song, 1924
[Box: 25, Folder: 11]
Clayhole copies, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 12]
State Racing Commission, 1934
[Box: 25, Folder: 13]
Virginia miscellaneous, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 14]
Civil War miscellaneous, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 15]
Miscellaneous, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 16, 17]

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