Location: Bowdoin / Library / Special Collections & Archives / Manuscript Collections / Arlo Bates papers, 1827-1977 (bulk 1870-1911).

Arlo Bates papers,1827-1977 (bulk 1870-1911).


10.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M9

Agency History / Biographical Note:
Arlo Bates (1850-1918), a member of Bowdoin's Class of 1876, was an author, editor and university professor. He edited the newsletter of the Young Men's Republican Committee of Massachusetts (1878-80) and the Boston Sunday Courier (1880-1893), then became professor of English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teaching there until his death in 1918.

Professor Bates was a prolific writer, publishing poems, essays and books throughout his career, among them The Torch Bearers, written for the 1894 centennial of Bowdoin College.

His 1882 marriage to Harriet L. Vose lasted until her death in 1886; they had one son, Oric.

Scope and Content:
The papers consist of literary drafts, short stories, plays, essays and poems; photographs of Bates and members of his family; correspondence (1829-1977, bulk 1870-1911); lecture notes and class material from M.I.T.; newsclippings and reviews; financial records, primarily concerning his publications; and other records. It is supplemented by books and pamphlets by or edited by Bates.

Cite as: Arlo Bates papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.
Access Restrictions: None.

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives · Staff · Hours
Bowdoin College Library, 3000 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011-8421 · scaref@bowdoin.edu · (207) 725-3288