Eleanor Poorman Hamilton Papers,1959-1999.

Collection Number: 7836

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Eleanor Poorman Hamilton papers, 1959-1999.
Collection Number:
7836
Creator:
Hamilton, Eleanor Poorman,
Quantity:
.3
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts, printed materials.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection includes articles by Eleanor Hamilton from weekly columns in Point Reyes Light and manuscripts of unpublished autobiographical material, including "Story of a Happy Marriage", "My Vow, "The Maternal Care Adoption Center" and "The Treasure and Tragedy of Wilhelm Reich".
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Born Eleanor Poorman in Portland in 1909, Hamilton grew up in Oregon. While a college student, she decided to devote her life to improving women's experiences with love and sex. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1930, she spent a career as an educator and psychologist in New York and California. She helped young women get contraceptives in the 1940s, arranged private, semi-open adoptions long before they became legal, participated in the Kinsey report on Americans' sex lives, and studied the work of Wilhelm Reich. She wrote a sex-and-love column for Modern Bride magazine in the 1960s, published several books (Partners in Love, Sex Before Marriage), and talked about sexuality on television talk shows including Phil Donahue and Johnny Carson. In 1932, she married Albert Edward Hamilton who nicknamed her Ranger. They raised children. After he died in 1969, she moved to California and had two relationships with women. She returned to Oregon in 1995 and died in 2008.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection includes articles by Eleanor Hamilton from weekly columns in Point Reyes Light and Modern Bride and manuscripts of unpublished autobiographical material, including "Story of a Happy Marriage", "My Vow, "The Maternal Care Adoption Center" and "The Treasure and Tragedy of Wilhelm Reich".
SUBJECTS

Names:
Hamilton, Eleanor Poorman, 1909-2008.

Titles:
Point Reyes light.

Subjects:
Marriage.
Couples.
Sex.
Contraception.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Eleanor Poorman Hamilton papers, #7836. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Photo of Eleanor Hamilton
Undated
Box 1 Folder 2
Autobiographicals, unpublished
Undated
The Story of a Happy Marriage, My Vow, The Maternal Care Adoption Center, The Treasure and Tragedy of Wilhelm Reich
Box 1 Folder 3
Typed articles
Undated
Box 1 Folder 4
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1986
Box 1 Folder 5
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1987
Box 1 Folder 6
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1990's
Box 1 Folder 7
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1991
Box 1 Folder 8
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1992
Box 1 Folder 9
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1993
Box 1 Folder 10
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1997
Box 1 Folder 11
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1998
Box 1 Folder 12
Point Reyes Light, Living and Loving columns
1999
Folder 1
Modern Bride articles
1959-1963

SEPARATED MATERIAL

Books - cataloged individually in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections