Skip to main content

Alpheus Spring Packard papers (M142)

|  
Title:
Alpheus Spring Packard papers
Creator:
Packard, Alpheus S., (Alpheus Spring), 1798-1884
ID:
M142
Date [inclusive]:
1819-1886 undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Correspondence (1819-1886); lectures and addresses (1824-1878); clippings; notes and tributes; sermons by Hezekiah and Asa Packard; and miscellaneous ephemera (1850-1885).
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Alpheus Spring Packard Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Alpheus Spring Packard (1798-1884) received an A.B., an A.M. and a D.D. from Bowdoin College, in 1816, 1819 and 1860, respectively. After graduating, Packard taught at Gorham Academy, was principal at Hallowell Academy, and taught in Wiscasset and Bucksport before returning to the College in 1819 to tutor. Packard was to spend the rest of his life Bowdoin College. He was professor of languages and classical literature (1824-1842), professor of rhetoric and oratory (1842-1845), professor of ancient languages and classical literature (1845-1865), and Collins Professor of Natural and Revealed Religion (1864-1884). He served as librarian from 1869 to 1881. He also served as acting president of the College from 1883 to 1884, between the Chamberlain and Hyde administrations. In 1839, Packard published his edition of Memorabilia Xenophontis. He also edited the works of Jesse Appleton in two volumes. He contributed to the North American Review and to the Bibliotheca Sacra. In 1882, Nehemiah Cleaveland's History of Bowdoin College was published; Packard edited and completed the work after Cleaveland's death in 1877. Packard was a member of the Maine Historical Society and an Honorary Member of the New York and Royal (England) Historical Societies. Packard married Frances E. Appleton, the second daughter of Bowdoin president Jesse Appleton, in 1827. The couple had five children: Charles, William, Alpheus, George, and Frances. Packard's first wife died in 1839, and in 1844 he married Mrs. C. W. McLellan of Portland. The couple had one child, Robert. Alpheus Spring Packard died in 1884.

The collection includes correspondence (1819-1886); lectures and addresses (1824-1878); clippings; notes and tributes; sermons by Hezekiah and Asa Packard; and miscellaneous ephemera (1850-1885). There are obituaries of George Adams, Samuel Newman and John O'Brien (Bowdoin 1806); sketches and notes about the College and alumni; and two poems: "American Hero" and "Sarah's Complaint". The lectures and addresses were primarily delivered by Packard at Bowdoin. Principal correspondents include William Northend, Nehemiah Cleaveland, and Peleg Whitman Chandler.

Organized into 5 series: Correspondence, 1819-1886; Lectures & Addresses, 1824-1884; Sermons, 1837-1881; Writings & Notes, 1819-1881, n.d.; Miscellaneous Materials, 1816-1883, n.d.

Corporate Name(s):
  • Bowdoin College -- History.
Personal Name(s):
  • Chandler, Peleg W. -- (Peleg Whitman), -- 1816-1889 -- Correspondence.
  • Chandler, Peleg W., (Peleg Whitman), 1816-1889
  • Cleaveland, N. -- (Nehemiah), -- 1796-1877 -- Correspondence.
  • Cleaveland, N., (Nehemiah), 1796-1877
  • Northend, William Dummer, -- 1823-1902 -- Correspondence.
  • Northend, William Dummer, 1823-1902
  • Packard, Alpheus S. -- (Alpheus Spring), -- 1798-1884 -- Archives.
Subject(s):
  • Education
  • Lectures and lecturing -- Maine -- Brunswick.
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Sermons, American -- 19th century.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

The correspondence consists mostly of letters to Alpheus Spring Packard. Primary correspondents include Peleg Whitman Chandler, Nehemiah Cleaveland, and William Northend.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1819 - 1839

Box 1 Folder 1

1840 - 1851

Box 1 Folder 2

1852 Jan - Jul

Box 1 Folder 3

1852 Aug - Dec

Box 1 Folder 4

1853 - 1857

Box 1 Folder 5

1858 - 1868

Box 1 Folder 6

1869 - 1872

Box 1 Folder 7

1873

Box 1 Folder 8

1874

Box 1 Folder 9

1875

Box 1 Folder 10

1876

Box 1 Folder 11

1877 - 1878

Box 1 Folder 12

1879

Box 1 Folder 13

1880 Dec 4 - 1881 Feb 14, re:subscription for portrait of ASP

Box 1 Folder 14

1880 - 1886

Box 1 Folder 15

1882: Letterbook--"To Alpheus Spring Packard from The Maine Historical Society, December 23, 1882" (containing correspondence concerning invitations to ALP's 84th birthday party)

Volume 1 Folio

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains Bowdoin College class lectures given by Packard and addresses delivered at Bowdoin events, including Baccalaureate ceremonies and Athenenean and Peucinian Society meetings, as well as addresses given to non-Bowdoin groups on topics such as temperance and education.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Addresses:

Box 1

Ancient Languages

Box 1 Folder 16

Athenean and Peucinian Societies, 1864 Jun

Box 1 Folder 17

Bowdoin Alumni Address, 1840 Jul

Box 1 Folder 18

Bowdoin Baccalaureate, 1872

Box 1 Folder 19

Bowdoin Baccalaureate, 1878

Box 1 Folder 20

Inaugural, 1824

Box 1 Folder 21

Martha Washington Society, 1845

Box 1 Folder 22

Missionary Discourse, 1836 Feb

Box 1 Folder 23

Phi Beta Kappa

Box 1 Folder 24

Pleasant Street School (Mr. Bartlett's school), 1843 Mar

Box 1 Folder 25

Popular Education, 1846

Box 1 Folder 26

Reverend Jonathan Fisher

Box 1 Folder 27

Sabbath School and Brunswick Lyceum

Box 1 Folder 28

Temperance

Box 1 Folder 29

Temperance, 1833 Feb

Box 1 Folder 30

Temperance, 1838

Box 1 Folder 31

Temperance, c.1870

Box 1 Folder 32

Y.M.C.A., North Yarmouth, 1869 Jan 5

Box 1 Folder 33

Y.M.C.A., Portland, 1884 Jan

Box 1 Folder 34

Lectures:

Box 1 Folder

Antiquities of our Western States

Box 1 Folder 35

Architecture

Box 1 Folder 36

Classical Eloquence and Education

Box 1 Folder 37

Classical Learning, 1839 Nov

Box 1 Folder 38

Collegiate Course of Study

Box 1 Folder 39

Comparative Philology, 1858 Feb

Box 1 Folder 40

Evangeline

Box 1 Folder 41

Greek Drama, 1859

Box 1 Folder 42

Greek History and Literature

Box 1 Folder 43

Greek Language

Box 1 Folder 44

Greek Literature

Box 1 Folder 45

Greek Literature: Homer

Box 1 Folder 46

Historical Topics

Box 1 Folder 47

Intellectual Habits, 1872 Sep

Box 1 Folder 48

Mutiny in the East Indies, The, 1857

Box 1 Folder 49

Oratory

Box 1 Folder 50

Pastoral Poetry

Box 1 Folder 51

Puritans

Box 1 Folder 52

Religion

Box 1 Folder 53

Roman History

Box 1 Folder 54

Roman Literature

Box 1 Folder 55

Transcendental School: Its Style, 1844

Box 1 Folder 56

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains Biblical sermons by Alpheus Spring Packard, including date and location of reading.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1837

Box 1 Folder 57

1838

Box 1 Folder 58

1840

Box 1 Folder 59

1841

Box 1 Folder 60

1842

Box 1 Folder 61

1843

Box 1 Folder 62

1844

Box 1 Folder 63

1845

Box 1 Folder 64

1846

Box 1 Folder 65

1847

Box 1 Folder 66

1848

Box 1 Folder 67

1849

Box 1 Folder 68

1850

Box 1 Folder 69

1851

Box 1 Folder 70

1853

Box 1 Folder 71

1854

Box 1 Folder 72

1855

Box 1 Folder 73

1856

Box 1 Folder 74

1857

Box 1 Folder 75

1858

Box 1 Folder 76

1859

Box 1 Folder 77

1860

Box 1 Folder 78

1862

Box 1 Folder 79

1863

Box 2 Folder 1

1864

Box 2 Folder 2

1865

Box 2 Folder 3

1866

Box 2 Folder 4

1867

Box 2 Folder 5

1868

Box 2 Folder 6

1869

Box 2 Folder 7

1870

Box 2 Folder 8

1871

Box 2 Folder 9

1872

Box 2 Folder 10

1873

Box 2 Folder 11

1876

Box 2 Folder 12

1877

Box 2 Folder 13

1879

Box 2 Folder 14

1880

Box 2 Folder 15

1881

Box 2 Folder 16

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains miscellaneous items written by Alpheus Packard, including sketches of Bowdoin College and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, obituaries, his 1819 Commencement part for Masters candidacy, and two poems.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Account of Mrs. A.S. Packard

Box 2 Folder 17

Bowdoin Alumni: notes

Box 2 Folder 18

Bowdoin College: "Reminiscences," 1881

Box 2 Folder 19

Bowdoin College: sketch for Encyclopedia Britannica

Box 2 Folder 20

Bowdoin family: notes

Box 2 Folder 21

Brunswick Temperance Society: 2nd Annual report

Box 2 Folder 22

Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence: sketch for "History of Bowdoin College"

Box 2 Folder 23

Commencement part as Masters Candidate,1819 Sep 1

Box 2 Folder 24

Cumberland County Temperance Society: 6th Annual Report

Box 2 Folder 25

English Grammar: notes

Box 2 Folder 26

Gentlemen's Club, Brunswick ME: docket

Box 2 Folder 27

History class notes: historical reading

Box 2 Folder 28

"Introductory to the Study of Paley's Evidences," 1872

Volume 3

"Loci Communes," 1821 Mar 6

Volume 1

Notebook, ca. 1829

Volume 2

Notes: unsorted fragments

Box 2 Folder 29-32

Obituary of George Eliashib Adams, DD, 1849 - 1875

Box 2 Folder 33

Obituary of John O'Brien, Class of 1806, d.1865

Box 2 Folder 34

Obituary of Samuel Newman

Box 2 Folder 35

Poems: "American Hero;" "Sarah's Complaint"

Box 2 Folder 36

Reminiscences of Dr. Hemenway, by Miss Gates

Box 2 Folder 37

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

This series contains miscellaneous items belonging to Alpheus Packard, including a Bowdoin Semi-Centennial register, membership certificates to Longfellow associations, a number of Hezekiah Packard's sermons, and a hymn (1823) by William B. Tappan.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Album

Box 2 Folder 38

Bowdoin College Semi-Centennial register

Box 2 Folder 39

Clippings:various topics [clipped by A.S. Packard]

Box 2 Folder 40

Journal

Box 2 Folder 41

Longfellow Memorial Association: membership certificate, c.1816

Box 2 Folder 42

Longfellow Statue Association: certificate, 1883

Box 2 Folder 43

Packard, A.S.: daguerreotype portrait

Box 2 Folder Folio

Packard, Hezekiah: home in Wiscasset, c.1845

Box 2 Folder 44

Packard, Hezekiah: sermons

Box 2 Folder 45

Packard, Hezekiah or Asa: sermons

Box 2 Folder 46

Sketches and tributes to A.S. Packard

Box 2 Folder 47

Tappen, William B.: hymn, 1823

Box 2 Folder 48
Top