Fonds F1483 - Pinkham family fonds

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Pinkham family fonds


  • 1889-1979 (Creation)

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18 cm of textual records.
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William Cyprian Pinkham, 1844-1928, first Anglican bishop of Calgary, Alberta, was born in Newfoundland. He studied theology at St. Augustine's, Canterbury. In 1868 he was assigned to the Mission of St. James in the Red River Settlement and was ordained the following year. He married Jean Anne Drever, 1849-1940, of Lower Fort Garry in 1868. They had eight children, six of whom survived past childhood, Augustine M., 1875-1936, James F.M., 1877-1942, Mary I., 1878-1964, Jean (Crowe), 1880-1968, Margaret, 1884-1978, and Ernest F., 1890-1916. Pinkham became the bishop of the large diocese of Calgary in 1887, and the family moved to Calgary in 1889. When the diocese was split in 1903 Pinkham was given Calgary as his see. He retired in 1926. Bishop Pinkham School in Calgary is named in his honour.

Jean (Sr.) was a founder and first president of Calgary's Women's Hospital Aid Society, established in 1890. From 1891 to 1904 she was president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Anglican Church. She was the sister of Mrs. James Farquharson Macleod and Mrs. J.P.J. Jephson, both of Calgary. Mary Pinkham was very active in the Red Cross and in the Women's Hospital Aid Society. She received the Order of the British Empire in 1935 for her community work.

For further information see "Selections from the unpublished recollections of Mrs. W.C. Pinkham, an early Manitoban", in Manitoba Pageant. -- vol. 19/20 (1974/1975). For further information see William Cyprian Pinkham / Keith Wilson. -- Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Faculty of Education, 1986.

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Gifts of Margaret and Mary Pinkham, Jane S. Horner, 1957-1975; and Jane Shakespeare Horner, 2005.

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The fonds consists of Bishop Pinkham's memoirs; Jean Anne's memoirs and citation from Serbians for First World War relief work; Augustine's reminiscences of an 1887 visit to Pincher Creek; Mary's historical sketch of the Calgary General Hospital; and certificates, invitations, programs, newsclippings, reminiscences, citations and photographs pertaining to various family members. Includes notes and newsclippings about the Jephson family. Also includes two photograph albums likely compiled by daughter Jean Pinkham containing views of various people, places and activities in Calgary and southern Alberta and elsewhere.

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      The material is in English.

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      Bishop Pinkham's memoirs are also available on microfilm.

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      The memoirs of Jean Drever Pinkham and some of Mary Pinkham's correspondence are held by the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary. Photocopies are available at Glenbow.

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      Micro-Pinkham consists of a copy of Bishop Pinkham's memoirs (original in M-978-1) plus many newsclippings, programs, etc., most of which do not relate to the Pinkham family, but were collected by Mary Pinkham.


      M-977 and M-1361 are photocopies of the Cathedral Church material.



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      Tuesday, December 18, 2018




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