Pinkerton, Kathrene Sutherland Gedney, 1887-Pinkerton, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1882-1970
Robert E. Pinkerton and Kathrene Pinkerton papers
1911-1967 ( inclusive )
4.5 linear feet (5 containers)
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.
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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.
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.
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Preferred Citation :
[Identification of item], Robert E. Pinkerton and Kathrene Pinkerton Papers, Ax 591, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
Alternative Forms Available :
Collection is organized into the following series:
Series: Literary Manuscripts
Series: Tear sheets
Series: Research Notes and Material
Series: Photo Albums
Series: Published Books
Acquisition Information :
Gift of Robert and Kathrene Pinkerton in 1970.
Processing Note :
Collection processed by processing staff, September 1970.
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