Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum: Records, 1951-
ID
5.4
Date
1951-
Extent
7.0 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum: Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center exist to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the human cultures and natural environments found in Arctic regions. The Museum was established in 1967 in recognition of Bowdoin College's long association with explorers and their work. It is named for Robert E. Peary (Class of 1877) and Donald B. MacMillan (Class of 1898), two internationally known Arctic explorers. The College installed a modest exhibit of Arctic objects in Searles Science building in the mid-50s. The growing collection was moved to its present location in Hubbard Hall in 1967. The Museum's collections include arctic exploration gear, natural history specimens, and artifacts and drawings made by Inuit and Indians of North America.


Scope and Content

This collection contains records pertaining to the creation and operation of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. There are historical records, including materials relating to the founding, design and construction of the Museum space; general office files; correspondence from the office of the Museum director; reaccreditation reports; and guest registers.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

Some materials restricted. Consult series descriptions for specific information.


Collection Inventory

5.4.1: Historical Records, 1951-   1.0 linear foot.

Series Description:

This series consists of records relating to the development and creation of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, as well as operating information from its earliest years. Correspondents include Donald B. and Miriam MacMillan, Marie Peary Stafford (daughter of Robert E. Peary), and Ian White, Museum Architect.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Announcements 1985- 

1 2

Associates 1968-69 

1 3

Associates Gifts 

1 4

Background Info 1964-66 

1 5

Background Information-correspondence relating to PMAM 1966-67 

1 6

Budget: Const. & Inst. costs 1966-67 

1 7

Circumnavigators Club Foundation 1965-71 

1 8

Committee Report on Arctic Museum 1963-69 

1 9

Correspondence 1970-73 

1 10

Correspondence and articles 1967-71 

1 11

Correspondence-Bowdoin at Mystic 1959-67 

1 12

Correspondence-Development of PMAM 1956-66 

1 13

Correspondence-Development of PMAM 1954-67 

1 14

Correspondence-Miscellaneous 1953-69 

1 15

Dedication 

1 16

Dedication of Arctic Museum June 9, 1967 

1 17

Details Establishment & Construction 1967 

1 18

Fraternity House Painting (ETA-Schooner Bowdoin) 1951-53 

1 19

Historical Record of Founding of Museum by John Baxter 

1 20

MacMillan Correspondence 

1 21

MacMillan Correspondence related to lectures 1951-62 

1 22

MacMillan Living Trust 

1 23

MacMillan Notices 1966-70 

1 24

Miscellaneous Lists 

1 25

Miscellaneous Memos 1967-72 

1 26

Norse of the North Atlantic: an international conference 1988 

1 27

Pamphlets and ephemera, 1985-2007, n.d. 

1 28

Pamphlets, 2008- 

1 29

Tours 1968-71 

1 30

White, Ian: Museum Architect 

Ovsz-Box
14

Posters 


5.4.2: Subject Files, 1973- 

Series Description:

This series contains files related to the post-development period of the Arctic Museum, including donor information, monthly reports, president's reports and files of Museum Friends.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for twenty years from date of creation.

Box Folder
1 1-3

Associates 1 

1 4-6

Associates 2 

1 7-9

Associates 3 

1 10-14

Fundraising prior to 1980 

1 11

Monthly reports, calendar year 1982 

1 12

Monthly reports, calendar year 1983 

1 13

Monthly reports, calendar year 1984 

1 14

Monthly reports, calendar year 1985 

1 15

Monthly reports, calendar year 1986 

1 16

Monthly reports, calendar year 1987 

1 17

Monthly reports, calendar year 1988 

1 18

Monthly reports, calendar year 1989 

1 19

Monthly reports, calendar year 1990 

1 20

Monthly reports, calendar year 1991 

1 21

Monthly reports, calendar year 1992 

1 22

Monthly reports, calendar year 1993 

1 23

Monthly reports, calendar year 1994 

1 24

Monthly reports, calendar year 1995 

1 25

Monthly reports, calendar year 1996 

1 26

Monthly reports, calendar year 1997 

1 27

Monthly reports, calendar year 1998 

1 28

Monthly reports, calendar year 1999 

1 29-30

"Old Files.5" 

1 31-32

"Old Files.6" 

1 32-33

"Old Files.7" 

1 34

"Old Files.Thebaud" 

1 35

President's report, 1973-1974 

1 36

President's report, 1974-1975 

1 37

President's report, 1975-1976 

1 38

President's report, 1976-1977 

1 39

President's report, 1984-1985 

1 40

President's report, 1985-1986 

1 41

President's report, 1986-1987 

1 42

President's report, 1987-1988 

1 43

President's report, 1988-1989 

1 44

President's report, 1989-1990 

1 45

President's report, 1990-1991 

1 46

President's report, 1991-1992 

1 47

President's report, 1992-1993 


5.4.3: Correspondence, 1987- 

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence created by office of the Museum director, Susan Kaplan, including donor relation information and acquisition information.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed to researchers. Use requires prior approval of Museum director.

Box Folder
1 1

January 1987 

1 2

February 1987 

1 3

March 1987 

1 4

April 1987 

1 5

May 1987 

1 6

June 1987 

1 7

July 1987 

1 8

August 1987 

1 9

September 1987 

1 10

October 1987 

1 11

November 1987 

1 12

December 1987 

1 13

January 1988 

1 14

February 1988 

1 15

March 1988 

1 16

April 1988 

1 17

May 1988 

1 18

June 1988 

1 19

July 1988 

1 20

August 1988 

1 21

September 1988 

1 22

October 1988 

1 23

November 1988 

1 24

December 1988 

1 25

January 1989 

1 26

February 1989 

1 27

March 1989 

1 28

April 1989 

1 29

May 1989 

1 30

June 1989 

1 31

July 1989 

1 32

August 1989 

1 33

September 1989 

1 34

October 1989 

1 35

November 1989 

1 36

December 1989 

1 37

January 1990 

1 38

February 1990 

1 39

March 1990 

1 40

April 1990 

1 41

May 1990 

1 42

June 1990 

1 43

July 1990 

1 44

August 1990 

1 45

September 1990 

1 46

October 1990 

1 47

November 1990 

1 48

December 1990 

1 49

January 1991 

1 50

February 1991 

1 51

March 1991 

1 52

April 1991 

1 53

May 1991 

1 54

June 1991 

1 55

July 1991 

1 56

August 1991 

1 57

September 1991 

1 58

October 1991 

1 59

November 1991 

1 60

December 1991 

1 61

January 1992 

1 62

February 1992 

1 63

March 1992 

1 64

April 1992 

1 65

May 1992 

1 66

June 1992 

1 67

July 1992 

1 68

August 1992 

1 69

September 1992 

1 70

October 1992 

1 71

November 1992 

1 72

December 1992 

2 1

January 1993 

2 2

February 1993 

2 3

March 1993 

2 4

April 1993 

2 5

May 1993 

2 6

June 1993 

2 7

July 1993 

2 8

August 1993 

2 9

September 1993 

2 10

October 1993 

2 11

November 1993 

2 12

December 1993 

2 13

January 1994 

2 14

February 1994 

2 15

March 1994 

2 16

April 1994 

2 17

May 1994 

2 18

June 1994 

2 19

July 1994 

2 20

August 1994 

2 21

September 1994 

2 22

October 1994 

2 23

November 1994 

2 24

December 1994 

2 25

January 1995 

2 26

February 1995 

2 27

March 1995 

2 28

April 1995 

2 29

May 1995 

2 30

June 1995 

2 31

July 1995 

2 32

August 1995 

2 33

October 1995 

2 34

November 1995 

2 35

December 1995 

2 36

January 1996 

2 37

February 1996 

2 38

March 1996 

2 39

April 1996 

2 40

May 1996 

2 41

June 1996 

2 42

July 1996 

2 43

August 1996 

2 44

September 1996 

2 45

October 1996 

2 46

November 1996 

2 47

December 1996 

2 48

January 1997 

2 49

February 1997 

2 50

March 1997 

2 51

April 1997 

2 52

May 1997 

2 53

June 1997 

2 54

July 1997 

2 55

August 1997 

2 56

September 1997 

2 57

October 1997 

2 58

November 1997 

2 59

December 1997 

2 60

January 1998 

2 61

February 1998 

2 62

March 1998 

2 63

April 1998 

2 64

May 1998 

2 65

June 1998 

2 66

July 1998 

2 67

August 1998 

2 68

September 1998 

2 69

October 1998 

2 70

November 1998 

2 71

December 1998 


5.4.4: Reaccreditation Reports, 1992, 1998, 2007- 

Series Description:

This series contains complete accreditation reports, including self-studies, photographs and all other supplementary materials, for the 1992, 1998, and 2007-2008 reaccreditations. The American Association of Museums subjects institutions nationwide to an intense reaccreditation process at least every ten years.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed to researchers. Use requires prior approval of Museum director.

Box Folder
1 1-9

1992, Reaccreditation Report 

1 10-23

1998, Reaccreditation Report 

1 24-25

2007 Sep, Reaccreditation Self-Study questionnaire 

1 26-32

2007 Sep, Reaccreditation Self-Study with attachments 

1 33

2007 Sep - 2008 Oct, Reaccreditation Briefing Book 

1 34

2008 Oct 20, Accreditation Visiting Committee Report 

1 35

2009 Apr 1, American Association of Museums accreditation award letter 


5.4.5: Guest Registers, 1967- 

Series Description:

Guest registers log the names, addresses, and occasionally remarks by visitors to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for twenty years from date of creation.

Box
1

August 1967 - June 1983 

2

June 1983 - July 1996