Breckinridge Public Affairs Center (River House): Records 3.41

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives
Bowdoin College Library

Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Breckinridge Public Affairs Center (River House): Records, 1885-2003, n.d. (bulk 1974-2003)
ID
3.41
Date
1885-2003
Extent
2.0 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Breckinridge Public Affairs Center (River House): Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson (1905-2002), granddaughter of B.F. and Mary Marvin Goodrich, daughter of John C. and Isabella Breckinridge, and wife of diplomat Jefferson Patterson, donated the Breckinridge estate in York, Maine, to Bowdoin College in 1973. On July 27, 1974, the 23 acre, 25 room estate, also known as River House, was dedicated as Bowdoin College's Breckinridge Public Affairs Center. For thirty years the College used the facility for classes, seminars, and meetings of educational, cultural, and civic groups. In October 2003 the College, following careful analysis, decided that continued ownership was impractical, and Breckinridge was sold in 2004.


Scope and Content:

Agreements, inventories, reports, correspondence, and other material concerning the administration of Breckinridge. Also included are images of River House, historical information about the house, biographical information about Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, and printed ephemera.

See Barry Mills: Subject Files for information about the College's sale of Breckinridge. Additional administrative records regarding Breckinridge can be found in Roger Howell: Subject Files, A. LeRoy Greason: Subject Files, Robert H. Edwards: Subject Files, and Dean for Academic Affairs: Special Programs and Subject Files.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

The first series, Administrative Records, is restricted until 2024.


Collection Inventory

3.41.1: Administrative Records, 1902-2003, n.d.   1.0 linear foot.

Series Description:

Records regarding the transfer of River House to the College and the dedication of Breckinridge Public Affairs Center. There are inventories of River House as well as activity and financial reports. The bulk of the material is correspondence between Mrs. Patterson and College administrators. Principal correspondents include C. Warren "Johnny" Ring, Vice President of Development, Anne Underwood, Director of Breckinridge Public Affairs Center, 1982-1992, Gail Berneike, resident manager of Breckinridge, 1988-2003, Charles Beitz, Dean for Academic Affairs, and Craig McEwen, Dean for Academic Affairs. The office of Dean for Academic Affairs held administrative oversight of Breckinridge during much of the Public Affairs Center's operation.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

Restricted until 2024.

Box Folder
1 1

Agreements, 1973-1978 

1 2

Alcohol policy, 1985 

1 3

Bachulus project, 1985 

1 4

Barn apartment, 1983-1990 

1 5

Breckinridge Advisory Committee, 1973-1986 

1 6

Breckinridge Director, 1974, 1982, 1988 

1 7

Breckinridge website, 2000, 2001 

1 8

Budgets, 1982-1991 

1 9

Budgets (related to swimming pool request), 1982-1984 

1 10

Certificate - National Register of Historic Places (photocopy), 1983 

1 11-12

Correspondence - Bowdoin College to/from Mrs. Patterson, 1972-1974 

1 13-14

Correspondence - Bowdoin College to/from Mrs. Patterson, 1974-1978 

1 15

Correspondence - Bowdoin College to/from Mrs. Patterson, 1978-1981 

1 16

Correspondence - Bowdoin College to/from Mrs. Patterson, 1982-1984 

1 17

Correspondence - Bowdoin College to/from Mrs. Patterson, 1985-1992 

1 18

Correspondence - Gail Berneike to/from Bowdoin College administrators, 1988-2003 

1 19

Correspondence - Gail Berneike to/from Mrs. Patterson, 1974-2000 

1 20-21

Dedication, 1973-1974 

1 22

Dedication - invitation list, 1974 

1 23

Exhibit at Bowdoin re: Mrs. Patterson's Frontier Nursing Service, 1985 

1 24

Framing of Mrs. Patterson's Frontier Nursing Service photographs, 1995-1996 

Volume
1

Inventories and garden lists, 1902, 1906, 1939-1940 

Box Folder
1 25

Inventories, 1968-1981 

1 26-29

Inventory, 1991 Mar 

1 30

Inventory, 2003 Nov 

1 31

MARPAT Foundation, 1988-1999 

1 32

Notes re: River House photo album, n.d. 

2 1

Portrait - Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, 1975 

2 2

Reports re: activities at Breckinridge, 1973-1991 

2 3

Reports - financial, 1985-1986 


3.41.2: Historical Material, Images, and Printed Ephemera, 1885-2003, n.d.   1.0 linear feet.

Series Description:

Biographical information about the Goodrich, Breckinridge, and Patterson families and historical material concerning River House. Photographs, blueprints and plans of River of River House are included as well as brochures, guest registers, and other printed ephemera.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type, and alphabetically within each material type.

Access Restrictions:

None.

3.41.2.1: Historical Materials 

Box Folder
2 4

Breckinridge Public Affairs Center and Mrs. Patterson, 1974-2003 

2 5

Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, 1923, 1977-1988, n.d. 

2 6

"Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson: From Career Broadcaster to Career Diplomatic Wife," by Ann Denton Behlen, 1982 

2 7

Mrs. Patterson and River House history, 1956, 1967-1998, n.d. 

AV
ArchDVD

"River House," interview with Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, 1991 Sep, produced and narrated by Gail Berneike, edited by Abby Freedman 

Box Folder
2 8

"River House and Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson," by David Lee Simmons, 1997 

3.41.2.2: Images 

Ovsz-Box
7

Blueprints of house for Mrs. B.F. Goodrich by Guy Lowell, architect, [1905] 

7

Blueprint of alterations to house for J.C. Breckinridge by Guy Lowell, architect, [ca. 1913-1914] 

7

Drawing of pool plumbing, 1959 

7

Floor plans of River House drawn by John Blake Murphy, architect, in 1968 from 1926 plans 

7

Floor plan, second floor, A.R. Warren, 1974 

7

Map of property belonging to Mary M. Goodrich, 1925 

7

Map of property belonging to Mrs. John C. Breckinridge, 1937 

Volume
1

Photograph album presented at the dedication of River House, 1974 Jul 27 (images available in Archives Image Gallery) 

Volume-folio
2

Photograph album of River House, interior and exterior, 1988 

3.41.2.3: Printed Ephemera 

Box Folder
2 9

Brochures, 1983-2003, n.d. 

Volume-folio
3

Guest register, 1975-1984 

4

Guest register, 1985-1989 

5

Guest register, 1990-1994 

6

Guest register, 1995-2003 

Box Folder
2 10

Miscellaneous, 1885, 1889, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992-1996, n.d. 

2 11

Poems and songs by River House guests, 1953, 1970-1993