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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection 1817- (bulk 1855-1914).


Correspondence, 1817-1926, n.d.
2.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.1

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Series Description:
The correspondence consists mostly of letters to and from Chamberlain, and among family members, dated between 1817 and 1926. It covers all periods of his life, but is most extensive after his gubernatorial service ended in 1871. Photocopies of letters are available for patron use.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Biographical and autobiographical essays and records, 1853-2006
16 folders.
Catalog Number: M27.2

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Biographical and autobiographical material including Chamberlain's memoirs of his early life, a campaign biography, and biographical essays written by scholars between 1853 and 2001.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by title.
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Personal material, 1838-1920
0.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.3

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Material concerning Chamberlain's life and finances. Records regarding his pension, personal finances, land deeds, and his commonplace book are included. There are also two journals (from 1853 and 1868). The bulk of the 1853 journal, with sporadic entries from June - September 1853, contains Chamberlain's observations on sermons and readings, but also records his activities and local happenings. The pocket journal from 1868 records appointments, speaking engagements, expenses, and other daily notes during Chamberlain's 1868 term as governor of the State of Maine.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by item.
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Articles and addresses,
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.4

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Articles and addresses in printed, typescript and manuscript form, mostly undated. The articles and addresses mostly concern the Civil War, but also include Chamberlain's inaugural address as President of Bowdoin and other historical essays.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Lecture notes,
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.5

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Lecture notes in printed, typescript and manuscript form, mostly undated. The lecture notes were prepared for use in classes and lecture series and cover such topics as Chaucer, the French language, cosmology and military recruitment.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Civil War,
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.6

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Military material contains Civil War documents, maps, essays and reports, and fragments from a draft of The Passing of the Armies. These items date from 1863 to 1993.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Family material, 1838-1920
0.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.7

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Material concerning the finances and lives of Chamberlain and his family, 1838-1920. The contents are divided into sections on Chamberlain's pension, his family's finances, documents relating to their estates, family manuscripts including commonplace books and school notebooks, land deeds and lumbering records, and miscellaneous poems. Sub-series M27.7.1 contains the records of Thomas D. Chamberlain, brother of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Family material: Thomas D. Chamberlain, 1838-1920
0.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.7.1

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Materials contain the financial and military records of Thomas D. Chamberlain.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Associations and Societies.
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.8

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The institutional material is divided into sections relating to Bowdoin College, including term bills and programs, and items concerning various associations and societies, among them the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and the Chamberlain Association of America.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Manuscripts, printed and typescript materials, 1840-1995
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.9

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Various pieces of manuscript and printed ephemera, dated 1840-1995.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Commemorative material, 1963-2006
0.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.10

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Material and publications from events and societies honoring or commemorating Chamberlain, among them Bowdoin's 1963 and 1965 Chamberlain celebrations, notes concerning the publication of a 1978 bibliography, and the 2003 Chamberlain Memorial dedication in Brunswick, Maine.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Clippings, 1866-
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.11

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Newsclippings of various types and subjects: biographical, articles and addresses by Chamberlain and others, book reviews, Civil War topics, associations and societies, etc., dating from 1866 to the present.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Images
2.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.12

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Photographic images from the 19th and 20th centuries, and engravings from the 19th century, of Chamberlain, members of his family, and associated individuals, buildings and sites. Also includes one framed cross-stitched portrait view of Chamberlain.
Arrangement:Arranged by size, then alphabetically.
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Realia
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.13

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Realia, including the Medal-of-Honor and the Chamberlain bracelet; and various pieces of manuscript and printed ephemera, dated 1840-1995.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Research materials.
0.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M27.14

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Series contains listings of bibliographic holdings of various libraries and institutions.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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In the Hands of Providence manuscript
0.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M27.15

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An early draft of In the Hands of Providence by Alice Rains Trulock.
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