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Guide to the William Allen Administrative Records, 1820-1839

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Title:
William Allen: administrative records
Creator:
Bowdoin College. Office of the President
ID:
A01.02.03
Date [inclusive]:
1820-1839
Extent:
0.5 Linear Feet
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

William Allen: Administrative Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

The Reverend William Allen (1784-1868), an evangelical Congregationalist, served as Bowdoin's third president from 1820 until 1839. He was largely responsible for establishing the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin College in 1820. In the 1820's, he played a role in determining the College's political and legal status within the new state of Maine.

In 1831, the Maine Legislature passed an act prohibiting any president of a college in Maine to hold his position beyond commencement of that year, unless he was re-elected. Unable to attain a majority, Allen was dismissed in September 1831, only to be reinstated following the decision in the case of Allen vs. McKeen. In that case, Judge Joseph Story ruled that Bowdoin College was a private institution, and as such was not under the legislative control of Maine. This however, did not solve the personality and ideological conflicts that consistently alienated Allen from the Governing Boards, faculty and students. He resigned in 1839.

This collection contains general correspondence concerning College affairs. Most primary source material concerning the early administration of the College is found in the records of the Board of Trustees or in the Records of the Faculty which includes the records of the Executive Government. For additional William Allen material, see the William Allen Papers.

1820, Presidential inauguration - William Allen

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1821 Sep, Samuel Melcher's estimates and dimension of new College building

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1822 Feb 21, William Allen's suggestion to W. King to build an observatory in Brunswick

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1822 Mar 5, Copy of letter from William Allen to editor of Boston Centinel re: fire

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[1823?] Aug 30 - 1825 Aug 4, re: Phi Beta Kappa of Bowdoin College

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1823 Sep 2, Thaddeus Harris letter to William Allen re: memorial of heir of Dr. Dix

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1823 Oct 3, Benjamin Vaughan to William Allen, Hallowell - re: subscription to rebuild Maine Hall

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1823 Oct 6, John McKeen letter to Rufus Anderson re: collections and students at Bowdoin and Medical School of Maine

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1824 Aug 27, William Allen to William King re: hiring of Thomas C. Upham (typescript copy)

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1824, Rough draft of amendments proposed to College laws

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1824 Oct 6, Thomas Upham acceptance as Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy

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[1825], Account of 1825 commencement by the great-great-grandfather of Mr. Ellis Spear, class of 1898, Mr. Prince of Thomaston

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1825 Sep, Draft of College laws

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1825 Sep, Petition of Rev. Thomas Upham re: salary

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1825 Oct 22, William Smyth's acceptance as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy

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1826 Jun 22 - Sep 11, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence

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1826 Aug 8, William Allen's list of seniors recommended for first degree

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1826 Sep 4, Nathaniel Fletcher letter re: poor pronunciation by students

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1826 Sep 5, Committee of First Parish in Brunswick re: salary of Asa Mead

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1827 Apr 12 - 28, Letters re: theft of Chapel bell

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1827 Aug 7 - Sept 4, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1827 Aug 31 - Sept 6, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence

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1827 Aug 31, Letter including proposal to require that students give testimony

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1827 Sep 3, Letter of recommendation for E.D. Learned

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1827 Sep 5, Term bill of Dudley P. Bailey (Class of 1829) signed by President Allen

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1828, Student petition re: access to library; response of governing boards

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1828 Jul 8 - Aug 16, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence

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1828 Aug 5 - Sep 3, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1828 Sep 2, Student petition to establish the wearing of uniforms

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1829 Aug 27, List of students recommended for Bachelor of Arts degree

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1829 Sep 1, Letter from Joseph McKeen re: Commons Hall

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1829 Dec 14 - 1830 Jan 7, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence

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[ca. 1830's-1850's], Requirements and course of study at Bowdoin

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[183_ ?] Drafts of Phi Beta Kappa [addresses ?]

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1830 Aug 30, Charles Packard letter re: repairs of meeting house

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1830 Aug 23, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1831 Aug 2, Lists and certificates re: graduating senior class

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1831 Aug 25, Printed form letter [to Charles S. Daveis] re: Phi Beta Kappa

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1831 Sep 1, Newspaper article discussing the separation of the College from Maine

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[post-1831], Draft of letter from Stephen Longfellow, et al: request for copy of Phi Beta Kappa address

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1832 Jul 21, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1832 Aug 28, Simon Greenleaf to Ebenezer Everett re: Allen v. McKeen

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[ca. 1833], Synopses of Judge Story's opinion in Allen v. McKeen

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1833, William Allen suit: Judge Story's opinion

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[ca. 1833], Stephen Longfellow's argument for the defense in Allen v. McKeen, and letter from Ebenezer Everett to Reuel Williams concerning the case

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1833, Description of act concerning President Allen's terms as President (fragment)

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1833 Jul 30, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1833 Sep 3, Letter from Stephen Longfellow and report of Judge Story's opinion in Allen v. McKeen

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1834, Letter from Charles Bowen to Charles S. Daveis; catalogue; re: Phi Beta Kappa

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[c. 1834 Feb 7], Printed copy of journal re: Allen v. McKeen

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1834 Jul 28, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1835 Jan 19, Copy of letter from Judge Johnson to A.S. Packard

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1835 Jan 19, [Elijah Kellogg] to "Dear Sir" [?] Portland- describes the founding and early history of the College

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[post- 1835 Jan 19], Nehemiah Cleaveland re: Judge [Alfred] Johnson's letter concerning early history of Bowdoin College

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1835 Feb 3, A[lden] Bradford to "Dr Sir" Boston- with report of the founding of the College, excerpted in part from the Massachusetts Legislative Journals

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1835 Jul 28, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1835 Jul 3 - 27, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence

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1835 Sep 5, Daniel R. Goodwin's letter of acceptance of Professorship of Modern Languages

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1836 Aug 2, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1836 Aug 15, John Chowels letter of recommendation for Rev. Thomas Price

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1837 Apr, Letters re: military duty for Bowdoin students

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1837 Aug 2, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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1837 Sep 7, Phi Beta Kappa correspondence, 1837-1839

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1838 Jul 31, Lists and certificates re: the graduating senior class

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