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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
December 2005

© 2005 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: M-133, reel A5; WRC 67-74
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 Collection.

Acquisition Information:

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.

Preferred citation for publication:

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, Harvard University.


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.


Additional catalog entries

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