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Parker Cleaveland Collection,1795-1994 (bulk 1805-1858)


Correspondence, 1795-1888, n.d.
2.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.1

Series Description:
Letters primarily concerned with the collection of specimens and data, Bowdoin College, and financial and professional matters. Frequent correspondents include Robert P. Dunlap, Benjamin Vaughan, and John D. Wells.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically with undated material and letter fragments at end of series.
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Mineralogy Draft & Notes
2.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.2

Series Description:
Includes printed volumes of An Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology, 2nd edition, interleaved with manuscript notes for the third edition (never completed), and a complete printed copy of the second edition in two volumes, loosely threaded along the spine. Also included is a complete listing of references, miscellaneous notes, a systematic chart, and reviews of the second edition.
Arrangement:Arranged by edition and by page number within edition run. Reviews and secondary material arranged alphabetically at end of series.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records
2.45 linear feet + 3 folio volumes
Catalog Number: M34.3

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Please see sub-series records for series descriptions.
Arrangement:Arranged into sub-series: Specimen Catalogues; Meteorological Observations; Lecture Notes; Other Notes and Observations; Scientific Illustrations; and Printed Material.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records: Specimen catalogues
1.0 linear foot
Catalog Number: M34.3.1

Series Description:
Includes complete listings of the minerals and shells belonging to Bowdoin College, those belonging to and presented to Parker Cleaveland, and a record of where each specimen was found. Also included are the mineralogical and geological specimen lists belonging to Cleaveland but compiled by colleagues and students who collected the specimens and performed field work for Cleaveland.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records: Meterological observations
.75 linear feet + 3 folio volumes
Catalog Number: M34.3.2

Series Description:
Three bound folio volumes, several journals, field notes and loose leaves ranging from 1807-1853 containing Cleaveland's diligent observation of weather in and around Brunswick, Maine. Cleaveland's students transcribed some of the bound volumes from field journals.
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records: Lecture notes
.10 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.3.3

Series Description:
Lectures on mineralogy, natural philosophy and chemistry, as well as notes on class behavior and several course syllabi.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records: Other notes and observations
.40 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.3.4

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Notes on conchology, mineralogy, physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, biology, metals and combustibles, and electricity. Some of these materials are preparatory work for class lectures; most are bound with twine and are written in Cleaveland's hand.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by subject.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records: Scientific illustrations
.10 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.3.5

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Includes manuscript maps of the Great Lakes region, printed illustrations of fossil specimens, diagrams of mechanics for natural philosophy, as well as hand-painted representations of unidentified flora and visual aids to geometry.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Scientific Lectures, Notes, & Records: Printed materials
.10 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.3.6

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Articles and pamphlets on mineralogy, conchology, astronomy, agriculture, alcohol, the lottery, and a printed lecture series delivered in Latin entitled "Catalogus Praelectionum Publice et Privatum in Academia Georgia Augusta per Semestre Aestivum" (full English translation provided with item).
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Personal & Financial Records
.90 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.4

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Comprises bank account transaction books, post office receipts, receipts for specimen shipments, invoices from Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, receipts for magazine and newspaper subscriptions, receipts of all purchases both personal and academic, and miscellaneous invoices and receipts. Invoices and receipts from Jackson & May in Brunswick, which was succeeded by Jacob and E.M. Johnson's, account for many domestic items. Also includes an inventory of the Cleaveland estate while Cleaveland was still alive, most notably his book and self-commissioned furniture collections, and invoices concerning the construction and maintenance of the Cleaveland House, many for services rendered by Anthony C. Raymond.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by subject.
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Biographical Information
.15 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.5

Series Description:
Eulogies, funeral information, post-mortem estate inventory documenting the complete property and assets of the Cleaveland estate, correspondence with the donor of the two silhouettes of Parker and Mrs. Cleaveland, and biographical notes by Nehemiah Cleaveland. Clippings include obituaries, information regarding the Cleaveland estate auction in 1954 and the purchase and renovation of the Cleaveland House. Printed materials include honorary diplomas, membership certificates and citations from various German institutions, and Cleaveland's teacher certification card from Bowdoin College.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically.
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Images
.10 linear feet
Catalog Number: M34.6

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Includes original photographs of Parker Cleaveland, photographic reproductions of originals, reproduction of an engraving for a Bowdoin Memorial, and original photographs of unidentified people. Also includes several artistic interpretations (pencil drawings) of Cleaveland by Benjamin Burbank rendered in 1975.
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Realia, n.d.

Catalog Number: M34.7

Series Description:
Herbarium labels and a sign.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

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