Guide to the Robert E. Pinkerton and Kathrene Pinkerton Papers
1911-1967

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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: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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 $150,000 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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Correspondence

Series: Literary Manuscripts

Series: Tear sheets

Series: Research Notes and Material

Series: Photo Albums

Series: Published Books

Series: Addenda

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Robert and Kathrene Pinkerton in 1970.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff, September 1970.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence
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

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Literary Manuscripts
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

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Tearsheets
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

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Research Notes and Material
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

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Photo Albums
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

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Published Books
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

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Addenda
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

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Pinkerton, Kathrene Sutherland Gedney, 1887-
  • Pinkerton, Kathrene Sutherland Gedney, 1887---Correspondence
  • Pinkerton, Kathrene Sutherland Gedney, 1887---Diaries
  • Pinkerton, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1882-1970
  • Pinkerton, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1882-1970--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--20th century--Authorship
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Publishers and publishing--Correspondence
  • Pulp literature--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Photographs
    • Tear sheets

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