The collection contains research materials and draft manuscripts for Holdredge's books on Mary Ellen Pleasant, Thomas and
Teresa Bell, Lola Montez, Isaiah W. Lees, and Lillie Hitchcock Coit. It also includes some correspondence about her research
and speaking engagements, as well as photographs and some realia.
Helen Douglas O'Donnell Holdredge is the author of several books on noteworthy and notorious San Franciscans. She was born
in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 17, 1898, the daughter of Patrick J. and Martha Archer (Simpson) O'Donnell. Helen was a
student at the University of Oregon, 1923-1926; and was a member of Theta Sigma Phi. She trained as an opera singer and debuted
in concert in 1919. She performed with various opera companies through 1924. She was also active in theater in Laguna Beach
(6.0 cubic feet)
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for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk
hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance. Please call the San Francisco History
Center for hours and information at 415-557-4567.