M-133, reel A5; WRC 67-74
Gardener, Helen H. (Helen Hamilton), 1853-1925. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection,
1913-1941: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2005 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: M-133, reel A5; WRC 67-74
Note: ORIGINALS CLOSED. USE MICROFILM. REQUEST AS: M-133, reel A5.
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Helen Hamilton Gardener, 1853-1925
Title: Woman's Rights Collection (WRC)
Quantity: Folders 67-74
Abstract: Biographical material, photographs, correspondence, etc., of Helen H. (Helen Hamilton)
Gardener, author, feminist, and suffragist. These papers are part of the Woman's Rights
These papers of Helen Hamilton Gardener fill eight folders of the Woman's Rights Collection,
which was given to Radcliffe College in August 1943 and formed the nucleus of the
Women's Archives, later the Schlesinger Library. The material in these folders was
reprocessed and prepared for microfilming in June 1989 by Jane Ward. It was microfilmed
as part of a Schlesinger Library/University Publications of America project.
Helen H. (Helen Hamilton) Gardener Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1913-1941;
item description, dates. WRC 67-74, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Helen Hamilton Gardener was born Alice Chenoweth in 1853 in Winchester, Va. She published numerous lectures, articles, and books during the period 1885-1900
under the name Helen Hamilton Gardener, a name she continued to use both professionally
and privately, and later legally adopted. In 1907, HHG settled in Washington, D.C.
and took up the suffrage cause. In 1913 she was appointed to the Congressional Committee
of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), becoming vice-chairman
six years later; she was elected a vice-president of NAWSA in 1917, and served as
its chief liaison with the Woodrow Wilson administration. In 1920, Wilson appointed
her to the United States Civil Service Commission, the first woman to occupy so high
a federal position. HHG was married twice but had no children; she died in Washington
in 1925. For additional biographical information, see Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (Cambridge, Mass., 1971), which includes a list of additional sources. See also
small collection (A/G218) in the Schlesinger Library.
- 67. Biographical, including remarks by Maud Wood Park and Carrie Chapman Catt at HHG's
funeral, 1923, 1925, 1930, n.d. Clippings re: HHG, including obituaries, 1919, 1925,
- 68. Two duplicate PHOTOGRAPHS of HHG, n.d., same as framed portrait (WRC-P8) at Schlesinger
Library. Also framed portrait (WRC-P32) at Schlesinger Library.
FILED IN PHOTO DRAWER.
- 69-72: Correspondence
- 69-70: Re: suffrage
- 69. 1913-1917. Includes TLSs from CCC and Woodrow Wilson.
- 70. 1918-1920. Includes TLS from WW.
- 71. Personal, 1918-1922; includes LsS from WW, Edith Bolling Wilson, and Joseph P. Tumulty.
Listed in previous WRC inventory as vol. 6.
- 72. Re: Minnie Fisher Cunningham as Civil Service Commission successor to HHG, 1925
- 73. Writings, 1895, c.1915, 1919
- 74. Miscellaneous: Suffrage clipping, 1914; MWP press report, 1917; Invitation to meet
HHG, 1920; James Papez report, "The brain of Helen H. Gardener," 1927
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information
System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases.
Catt, Carrie (Lane) Chapman, 1859-1947
Papez, James Wenceslas, 1883-1958
Park, Maud (Wood), 1871-1955
Tumulty, Joseph Patrick, 1879-1954
Wilson, Edith (Bolling) Galt, 1872-1961
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
Cunningham, Minnie (Fisher), 1882-1964
United States Civil Service Commission-Officials and employees