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Robert E. Pinkerton and Kathrene Pinkerton papers, 1911-1967

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pinkerton, Kathrene Sutherland Gedney, 1887-Pinkerton, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1882-1970
Title
Robert E. Pinkerton and Kathrene Pinkerton papers
Dates
1911-1967 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (5 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 591
Summary
Robert E. Pinkerton (1882-1970) and Kathrene Pinkerton (1887-1967) were writers of both fiction and nonfiction, primarily writing in Canada. The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, tear sheets, photo albums, books and Kathrene Pinkerton's diary.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Robert E. Pinkerton (1882-1970) and Kathrene Pinkerton (1887-1967) were writers of both fiction and nonfiction.

Robert E. Pinkerton was born March 12, 1882 in Arena, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin for two years. He worked as a cub reporter on the Milwaukee Free Press and was later telegraph news editor for The Journal in Milwaukee.

Kathrene Pinkerton was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 9 1887. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and did graduate work at the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy. Her early career was in social work in Chicago and public health in Wisconsin.

The Pinkertons married in 1911. Their first fictive effort a 30,000 word novelette sold to Munsey's Magazine. With the $150 earnings they departed for the wilds of Canada, where they built onto a cabin in the bush, eight miles from the village of Atikokan, Ontario. The only means of transport to and from Atikokan were by canoe in the summer and dog sled during the long Canadian winter. Their nonfiction pieces sold to outdoor magazines, totaling for their first two years work $532.00. Their fiction did not sell during this period.

Two years later the Pinkertons came out of the bush for a short while, for the birth of their daughter, Bobs, and returned by dogsled when she was seven weeks old. "For the next four and one half years," wrote Ben Hibbs, then editor of The Country Gentleman, "they sold every story they wrote."

Mrs. Pinkerton died in 1967 and Mr. Pinkerton in 1970.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Kathrene Pinkerton's Two Ends to our Shoestring and photographs in the collection document the years spent in the Pinkerton's Canadian cabin with their daughter Bobs. Included is Kathrene Pinkerton's logbook of the trip to Alaska from 1924 to 1931, Three's a Crew and an untitled manuscript. She also wrote teen-age novels, autobiographical books, and a book on fur farming. Her books were translated into German and Dutch.

Robert Pinkerton's writing includes fiction, a history of the Hudson's Bay Company, as well as one of the most widely accepted books on canoes and canoeing. Most of their collaborative efforts were novelettes, which appeared in the pulp magazines from 1916 through 1935.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert E. Pinkerton and Kathrene Pinkerton Papers, Ax 591, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Incoming
1936-1957
1 2
Brandt and Brandt
1936-1957
1 3
Fawcett Publications
1954-1956
1 4
White, Stewart Edward
1936-1940
1 5
Blythe, Samuel C.
1938-1940
1 6
Outgoing
1935-1956
1 7
Boom Wife, Kathrene Pinkerton

Literary ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 8
Short Story, RP
1 9
Short Story, RP
1 10
Short stories, KP
1 11
Stories, Alaska series, plot outlines, characters, notes, etc
1 12
Manuscripts, Article
1 13
Manuscripts, Article

TearsheetsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 14
Serials
1 15
Article
1 16
Short stories A-B
1 17
Short stories C-D
1 18
Short stories E-F
1 19
Short stories G-Hel
1 20
Short stories Her-Hung
1 21
Short stories I-J
1 22
Short stories L-Lo
1 23
Short stories Lu-N
1 24
Short stories O-Red
1 25
Short stories Ref-Sp
1 26
Short stories St-Tra
2 1
Short stories, Tr-White Indians
2 2
Short stories White Water-Z

Research Notes and MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 3
Indians
2 4
Southwest Indian Dyes
2 5
Logging and Mining
2 6
Fishing
2 7-8
Miscellaneous
2 9
Maps
2 10
"Billy" Snow letters
2 11
Biographical information
2 12
Photo Books, First Oragita Bay
2 13
1911-1916, RP
2 14
Diary of Kathrene Pinkerton
1925
2 15
Log of the"Triton"
1925-1930

Photo AlbumsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 16
Bobs' book
1915
2 17
The Book of the Cabin
1912-1916
2 18
The Book of the Trail
1916
2 19
Photos Films

Published BooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 20
El Primer Correo Transcontinental. RP
1958
2 21
Bright with Silver. Readers Digest copy 1 KP
1953
2 22
Bright with Silver. Readers Digest copy 2 KP
1953
2 23
Bright with Silver. Readers Digest copy 3 KP
1953
2 24
Wilderness Wife. Readers Digest, KP
1939
2 25
Year of Enchantment. KP
1957
2 26
Tomorrow Island. KP
1960
2 27
Steer North. KP
1962
2 28
Hidden Harbor. KP
1951
2 29
Peddler's Crew. KP
1954
2 30
Bright With Silver. KP
1947
2 31
Two Ends to Our Shoestring. KP
1941
2 32
Windigo. KP
2 33
Am Silbersee. KP
2 34
Einsames Blockhaus. KP
2 35
Das Insel-Haus. KP
2 36
Das Jahr Der Erfullung. KP
2 37
Das Schiff des Fliegenden Handlers. KP
3 1
Hudson's Bay Company. RP
1932
3 2
Hudson's Bay Company. Rough Proof. RP
1932
3 3
First Overland Mail. RP
1953
3 4
Wir Drei Ein Boot Und Lua. KP
3 5
Windigo. KP
3 6
Die Silberfuchse. KP
3 7
Die Verborgene Bucht. KP
3 8
Vickey's Weg ins Leben. KP
3 9
Weiter nordwarts. KP
3 10
Von Der Hand in Den Mund. KP

AddendaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence
Box Folder
4 1
M. Barrows
4 2
Brandt and Brandt
1941-1946
4 3
Brandt and Brandt
1947-1950
4 4
Brandt and Brandt
1951-1953
4 5
Brandt and Brandt
1954-1962
5 1
Fawcett Publications
1949-1955
5 2
Gosta Dahl, Bookman
1946
5 3
Harcourt Brace
1941-1962
5 4
Harper
1954-1955
5 5
A. M. Health & Co. Ltd.
1941-1962
5 6
J. B. Lippincott
1945-1957
5 7
Albert Muller Verlag
1945-1957
5 8
Nation's Business
1949-1952
5 9
Random House
1941-1956
5 10
Readers Digest
1949-1958
5 11
Saturday Evening Post
1943-1954
5 12
William Sloan Associates
1946-1958
5 13
University of Texas
1945-1955
5 14
True Magazine
1949-1956
5 15
Miscellaneous professional correspondence
5 16
Outgoing correspondence
1936-1962
5 17
Magazine article outlines