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Dorothy Rehfeld Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 06560 A
Identifier: H2016-080

Content Description

The collection consists of information compiled on Dorothy Rehfeld. Dorothy Marie Rehfeld was born March 23, 1884 to William and Bertha (Voight/Voigt) Rehfeld on a homestead near Warner (S.D.). She was the first women licensed to litigate in South Dakota and the first female admitted to practice law in federal court in the state. She practices law in Aberdeen from 1917 to 1932. She would later litigate a case in front of the United States Supreme Court, the first South Dakota woman to do so. She was a fervent supporter of women’s suffrage and was a supporter and office holder for the League of Women Voters at both the state and national level. She died in Pasadena, CA on February 22, 1934. The collection itself includes photographs of Miss Rehfeld, numerous news clippings on her carrier and her work for women’s suffrage as well as various pieces of correspondence. The majority of the items are photocopies.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s-1930s


0.25 Cubic Feet