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Pinkham papers

Identifier: M149

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondences (1907-1977), including letters written while Pinkham attended Bowdoin and communication with the College after his departure. Also contains PInkham's Bowdoin College Handbook (1912-1913); autobiography manuscript draft in full; diary entries from Bowdoin (1913); poetry; and newspaper clippings (1930-1977).


  • Creation: 1907-1977, undated


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Biographical/Historical Note

Harold Batchelder Pinkham was born on June 16, 1894 in Milton, New Hampshire. A nongraduate of the Class of 1915, Pinkham left Bowdoin in his sophomore year to travel. He attended Dartmouth College for one year. Pinkham worked for railroad companies in Nebraska and New York (1913, 1916-17), rose to corporal in the United States Army (1917-19), then worked as a teacher in Ohio (1921), and a laborer in Washington state (1926-28). He married Edith Wiggin in 1938 and returned to Milton where he served as the postmaster (1946-64). A poet and a essayist, Pinkham frequently wrote a news column for the local newspaper.


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Correspondences (1907-1977), including letters written while Pinkham attended Bowdoin, and communications with the College as an alumnus; also includes a manuscript draft of his autobiography; diary entries from Bowdoin (1913); poetry; and newspaper clippings (1930-1977).

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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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