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Leonard Woods Collection, 1818-1964, n.d. (bulk 1818-1879)

Correspondence, 1818-1874, n.d.
0.5 linear foot

Catalog Number:M190.1

Series Description:
Letters to and from Leonard Woods, spanning the years 1832 to 1874. The bulk of the correspondence is between Woods and members of the Boards (Trustees and Overseers) of Bowdoin College and chiefly concerns three issues: Woods' acceptance and resignation of the presidency and the College's declaration of denominational status in 1846. Notable correspondents include Robert Hallowell Gardiner (Overseer 1811-1841; Trustee 1841-1860) and faculty members Parker Cleaveland and Calvin Ellis Stowe.

Also included are fourteen letters written by or to the Reverend Leonard Woods, Sr., father of President Woods, dating from 1818-1839.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Restrictions:None.


Images, ca.1845-1865
.15 linear feet

Catalog Number:M190.2

Series Description:
Photographs, engravings, and two daguerreotypes, all of Leonard Woods. The images span the bulk of his presidency and consist mostly of head-shots, except where noted.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Restrictions:None.


Articles, Clippings, Lectures, Speeches, and Family Materials, 1839-1964, n.d.
.10 linear feet

Catalog Number:M190.3

Series Description:
Includes materials concerning Leonard Woods' inauguration as President of Bowdoin College in 1839, as well as a variety of his lectures, speeches, sermons, and prayer manuscripts and notes. Also includes biographical articles and clippings on both Woods and his sister, Sophia W. Hayden.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Restrictions:None.


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