Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930. Papers of Wenona Osborne Pinkham, 1893-1934: A
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 926
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Pinkham, Wenona Osborne, 1882-1930
Title: Papers of Wenona Osborne Pinkham, 1893-1934
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 3 photograph folders, 1 folio folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Photographs, biographical information, writings, and correspondence (including courtship
letters) of suffragist, reformer, and lobbyist Wenona Osborne Pinkham.
Accession numbers: 98-M32, 98-M116, 98-M141
These papers of Wenona Osborne Pinkham were given to the Schlesinger Library by her
daughter Louisa Pinkham Howe and her granddaughter Cathy Holt between February and
August 1998. Some biographical material about Pinkham was removed from the Additional
papers of Florence Luscomb (MC 625
Processed: November 2017
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Wenona Osborne Pinkham is held by the
President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in
other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Wenona Osborne Pinkham Papers, 1893-1934; item description, dates. MC 926, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Wenona Osborne
Pinkham in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1918-1930 (WRC 1026-1029
), and Papers of Louisa Pinkham Howe, 1931-1998 (98-M140
Suffragist, reformer, and lobbyist Wenona Osborne Pinkham was born September 4, 1882.
When she was five, her parents traveled to eastern Colorado in a prairie schooner
accompanied by two horses and a cow, settling in a sod house. Her father, a teacher,
wished to try his hand at farming. Following several years of deprivation, the family
moved to a small town where her father secured a post as principal. Later she graduated
from the public schools in Denver and from the University of Denver where she received
a BA in 1910. She taught in the Denver public schools and was a founder and president
of the North Side Neighborhood House in Denver. In 1911 she married Henry W. Pinkham,
a Unitarian minister and socialist, and they moved to Boston, Massachusetts. As state
chair for the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, 1913-1915, Pinkham spoke to
audiences as an example of a woman voter, since Colorado had granted women suffrage
years before. In 1917, she became executive secretary of the Boston Equal Suffrage
Association for Good Government and remained in this position when the organization
became the Boston League of Women Voters. In late 1922 she left the league and became
associate executive secretary of the Massachusetts Civic League, which promoted social
welfare legislation and such issues as paying prisoners for their work. From 1923
until her sudden death in 1930, Pinkham served as the Massachusetts Civic League's
executive secretary. Pinkham was also a member of the American Association of Social
Workers, the Consumers' League of Massachusetts, the Women's City Club, and the Women's
Trade Union League. Her only child, Louisa Catherine, was born in 1915.
These papers of Wenona Osborne Pinkham include photographs of Wenona and her siblings,
daughter, and others; biographical information and clippings about her; a run of courtship
letters from Henry to Wenona detailing his attempts to convince her mother to let
him marry Wenona; other correspondence; letters of sympathy upon her sudden death;
and writings by Wenona Pinkham.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available
- PD.1. Photographs: portraits of Wenona Pinkham, 1898?-1927?
- PD.1. Photographs: Wenona Pinkham with siblings and daughter, ca.1893-ca.1928
- 1.1. Biographical, 1910-1930.
Scope and Contents: Family tree; resume; horoscope; University of Denver commencement program, diploma,
1910; memorial booklet, 1930; etc.
- FD.1. Certificate from the National American Woman Suffrage Association: honor roll, 1920
- 1.4. Clippings re: Pinkham, 1912-1930, n.d.
- 1.5. Louisa Catherine Pinkham, 1919-1930, n.d.
Scope and Contents: Weight chart, 1915; Beaver Country Day School records, letters to parents from Camp
Marbury, cards and drawings possibly by Louisa, 1929-1930, n.d.
- 1.6. Henry Pinkham to Wenona Pinkham, March-April 1905
- 1.8. Henry Pinkham to Wenona Pinkham, February-July 1911
- 1.10. Henry Pinkham and others to Wenona Pinkham, 1911-1912, n.d.
- 1.12. Others mostly to Wenona Pinkham, 1920-1927
- 2.1. Letters of sympathy and thanks for memorial booklet, mostly to Henry Pinkham, 1930
- 2.2. Letters of sympathy and thanks for memorial booklet, mostly to Henry Pinkham, 1930
- 2.3. Letters of sympathy and thanks for memorial booklet, mostly to Henry Pinkham, 1930-1934
- 2.5. Published articles by Pinkham, 1924-1928
- 2.6. Pamphlets, flyers printed by the Massachusetts Civic League, 1923-1930, n.d.
Scope and Contents: Mostly re: prison reform; also issues of The Lens (newsletter), 1923-1930; reprint re: Jessie D. Hodder by Elizabeth Glendower Evans,
n.d.; flyers from North Side Neighborhood House Association and Denver Business University
summer school, n.d.
- 2.7. Massachusetts League of Women Voters calendar, 1924; pamphlet re: zoning state highways,
Frontier and pioneer life--Colorado
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Luscomb, Florence, 1887-1985
Pinkham, Henry Winn
Massachusetts Civic League