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Identifier: A0170

Title: William Clark Breckenridge Papers, 1808-1936


William Clark Breckenridge was born October 19, 1862, in St. Louis and died December 23, 1927, in St. Louis. He graduated from the St. Louis High School in 1883. That same year he became secretary-treasurer of the Phoenix Planing Mill Company, of which his father was president, retaining that position until 1912 when the business was discontinued. Breckenridge was a member of the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri for 26 years (1901-1927), and wrote numerous articles on early Missouri history. He was a member of the Papyrus Club, a literary organization, a collector of books and manuscripts, and was an honorary member of the Missouri Historical Society.

The collection includes Breckenridge's correspondence with historians and literary figures, notably William Fayel (war correspondence), Harrison A. Trexler, Dr. William Porter, Eugene M. Violette, Walter B. Stevens, Francis Asbury Sampson, and Floyd C. Shoemaker, secretary of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Also includes many brief historical accounts of persons, places and events in Missouri, including those relating to the Civil War (Special Orders/reports), slavery, medicine, and literary clubs; genealogy of the Breckenridge, Wilson Primm, John Wescott, and Henry Milton Whelpley families; and manuscript and page proofs of William Clark Breckenridge: His Life, Lineage, and Writings by his brother James Malcolm Breckenridge, 1932.

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

5 boxes

Cite as: William Clark Breckenridge Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1808-1936

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Breckenridge, William Clark, 1862-1927

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Medical care
Books and reading


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