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SUB-SERIES Identifier: MC 181: M-79: T-174

Subseries L. Reference material and correspondence books, 1841-1950 (Folders #3365-3372, Volume 535 - Volume 600o)

Scope and Contents

Subseries L, Reference material and correspondence books, 1841-1950 (Folders #3365-3372, Volume 535 - Volume 600o), includes medicinal reference books and notes, bound volumes containing outgoing correspondence, other business correspondence, architectural sketches of a Pinkham Company facility, a guidebook on packaging, and some records from litigation. All the items in the collection that are written in Lydia Estes Pinkham's own hand can be found here; most of these are closed due to fragility but researchers can use microfilm. These include an autograph book, signed by Frederick Douglass; a journal with notes from the Lynn anti-Slavery Society; and a handwritten journal with recipes, including for Vegetable Compound.


  • Creation: 1776-1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1859-1968

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Most of the collection is open to research. Series V is closed. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.


272.76 linear feet ((203 file boxes, 36 cartons, 28 folio boxes, 83 folio+ boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 2 supersize boxes) plus 190 oversize volumes, 12 supersize folders)

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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