Grandfather Adam Pinkett was the grandson of Jacob and Anne Pinkett, free African Americans living in Somerset County, Maryland., as early as 1820. Adam and three brothers (all sons of aslave mother) escaped from slavery and joined the Union Army in 1863. They served in the 7th and 9th Regiment Infantry companies, United States Colored Troops, in South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia.
They were among the Union soldiers that captured St. Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia in 1865 and after the Civil War protected the Texas-Mexico border.
Adam later became a property owner and civic and religious leader in Salisbury, Maryland. Bachelor of Arts, Morgan College, Baltimore, 1935.
Master of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1938, postgraduate Columbia University, 1939-1940. Doctor of Philosophy, American University, 1953.
Teacher Douglass High School, Baltimore, 1936-1938. Professor history Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1938-1939, 41-42. Staff and supervising archivist National Archives, Washington, 1942-1979.
Archival consultant Howard University, 1980, National Business League, 1981-1983, National Urban League, 1982, United Negro College Fund, 1984, Cheyney University, 1984-1985, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1986-1987, Atlanta University, 1992, Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, 1993-1994, Maryland Commission African American History and Culture, 1998-1999. Adjunct professor history and archival administration Howard University, 1970-1976, American University, 1976-1977. Lecturer history Mary Baldwin College, 1986.
Member advisory board District of Columbia History Records, since 1978.
With Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow Society of America Archivists (established Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student award 1998), Forest History Society (president 1976-1978, director emeritus since 1985), Council Library. Resources; member Agricultural History Society (president 1982-1983, Book award 1968), American History Association, Organization American Historians, Association Study Afro-American Life and History, Southern History Association, American Forestry Association, United States Capitol History Society, Cosmos Club, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Pi Phi.
Married Lucille Cannady, April 24, 1943.