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Kenneth C.M. Sills Collection, 1816-2014, n.d. (bulk 1874-1978)

 


Correspondence, 1816 - 1976
9.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M166.1.1

Series Description:
Consists of personal and some professional correspondence of both Kenneth and Edith Lansing Koon Sills, with the bulk of the materials being letters received and the private correspondence of KCMS. Early family correspondence includes numerous private letters from Kenneth to Edith, as well as inauguration and engagement congratulations and corresspondence from students, family, and Bowdoin faculty in World War I. President Sills's professional correspondence concerns both his work for the College, ranging from such subjects as student behavior and the College sesquicentennial in 1944 to the renovations to 85 Federal Street, and his positions on the Board of Visitors for the United States Naval Academy, the Carnegie Foudation, and his interest in the League of Nations. Notable correspondents include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Henry Wallace, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Robert Frost, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Margaret Chase Smith, Ralph Owen Brewster, Robert Hale, Percival Baxter, Harold Hitz Burton, William Butler Yeats, and Bowdoin faculty and board members Thomas Van Cleve, Roscoe J. Ham, William J. Curtis, E.P. Mitchell, and Paul Nixon.

The correspondence of Edith Sills consists almost entirely of letters received, mostly of a personal nature. Particularly prevalent are letters from fellow Wellesley graduates, including life-long friend Mary Alice Wyman, and notes from family, including the Ketchums of Canada and the Atkinsons of Minneapolis. Also included are letters received regarding Mrs. Sills's positions on the boards of the American Association of University Women, the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Waynflete School in Portland, and Westbrook Junior College.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Correspondence: Greeting cards
1.0 linear foot
Catalog Number: M166.1.2

Series Description:
Comprises greeting cards sent from numerous countries, including Japan, Africa, Italy, as well as the United States. Also includes greeting cards "from Bowdoin boys" to Kenneth and Edith Sills during World War II.
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Correspondence: Invitations, 1907-1973, n.d.
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M166.1.3

Series Description:
Consists of invitations sent to Kenneth and Edith Sills for a wide variety of functions, including weddings, dinner parties, society gatherings, gallery openings, and Bowdoin College receptions and dedications.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically
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Kenneth Sills materials
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M166.2

Series Description:
Assorted materials belonging to and created by Kenneth Sills, including a box of note cards relating to his study and teaching of classics as well as miscellaneous notes and printed items. Also included is a 1921 speech by Sills titled "Of Standards" and his elementary school notebook from 1889.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by material type.
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Edith Sills materials:
Writings and Speeches

0.25 linea feet
Catalog Number: M166.3.1

Series Description:
Comprises speeches and reports on a number of subjects given by Edith Sills at various events and committee meetings. Includes a speech on post-war Bowdoin and anti-suffrage campaigning materials.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by title.
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Edith Sills materials: Diaries, Class Books, and Notebooks
0.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M166.3.2

Series Description:
Comprises notebooks from Edith Sills's school days, class books from her teaching positions at Houlton High School, Portland High School, and Lenox School in New York City. Also contains a diary from 1909, as well as a Sunday School notebook from 1897.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Edith Sills materials:
Printed miscellany

0.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M166.3.3

Series Description:
Contains printed materials from the many committees and boards on which Edith Sills served, including the American Red Cross, the Maine Historical Society, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Also contains miscellaneous materials, including book jackets, from The Sills of Bowdoin by Herbert Ross Brown.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Edith Sills materials: Herbaria
1 oversize box folder
Catalog Number: M166.3.4

Series Description:
Contains dried plants and flowers, collected, mounted, and labeled by Edith Sills.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Edith Sills materials:
Doll collection, undated

5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M166.3.5

Series Description:
Fifty dolls collected by Edith Sills. Includes dolls of many different nationalities and ethnicities.
General Note:Some dolls are in fragile condition.
Restrictions:No restrictions.


Photographs
1.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: M166.4

Series Description:
Consists of photographs focusing primarily on Kenneth C.M. Sills and his activities at Bowdoin, but also including personal and family images. Present are numerous portraits and candids of Kenneth and Edith Sills from childhood onward, as well as images of graduation processions, reunions, the Sills's vacations to Europe and Hawaii, family, and Bowdoin faculty and alumni. Also included are photographs of the construction of Sills Drive in Brunswick, the removal of timbers from Massachusetts Hall in the 1930s, and the visits to the College of Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost. Unbound photo scrapbooks are foldered in their original order.
Arrangement:Arranged topically.
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Awards, degrees and realia
1 linear foot
Catalog Number: M166.5

Series Description:
Contains several of Sills's degrees, including those from Bowdoin College, Harvard University, and Yale University. The series also includes pins and name tags from various conventions, awards to both Kenneth and Edith Sills from a number of associations, as well as a number of commemorative medallions and medals. Also contains the "Sills tablecloth," which was signed by prominent dinner guests of Sills and later embroidered.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Scrapbooks
3.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M166.6

Series Description:
Comprises scrapbooks collected by Kenneth C.M. Sills, his mother, and Edith Sills, covering broad subjects such as World War I, the Spanish American War, as well as much of Sills's life and presidency. The series also includes scrapbooks kept by Edith Sills, scrapbooks on England's royalty, and scrapbooks of Europe.
Arrangement:Arranged by subject.
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Newspaper clippings
1.0 linear foot
Catalog Number: M166.7

Series Description:
Consists of loose newspaper clippings collected by Kenneth and Edith Sills on a variety of topics. Most of the materials concern the activities of Kenneth Sills as president of Bowdoin College, but others regarding events at the College, happenings in Brunswick, and other miscellaneous occurances in the Sills's lives are also included.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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