Summary Information

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

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


Arrangement

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.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 2011

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

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Controlled Access Headings

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.

Collection Inventory

 M142.1 Correspondence, 1819-1886   15.0 folders

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.

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1819 - 1839 

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    1840 - 1851 

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      1852 Jan - Jul 

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        1852 Aug - Dec 

          1 5

          1853 - 1857 

            1 6

            1858 - 1868 

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              1869 - 1872 

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                1873 

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                  1874 

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                    1875 

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                      1876 

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                        1877 - 1878 

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                          1879 

                            1 14

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

                              1 15

                              1880 - 1886 

                                Volume
                                1 Folio

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


                                   M142.2 Lectures and Addresses, 1824-1884   40.0 folders

                                  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.

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                                  Addresses: 

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                                    Ancient Languages 

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                                      Athenean and Peucinian Societies, 1864 Jun 

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                                        Bowdoin Alumni Address, 1840 Jul 

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                                          Bowdoin Baccalaureate, 1872 

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                                            Bowdoin Baccalaureate, 1878 

                                              1 21

                                              Inaugural, 1824 

                                                1 22

                                                Martha Washington Society, 1845 

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                                                  Missionary Discourse, 1836 Feb 

                                                    1 24

                                                    Phi Beta Kappa 

                                                      1 25

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

                                                        1 26

                                                        Popular Education, 1846 

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                                                          Reverend Jonathan Fisher 

                                                            1 28

                                                            Sabbath School and Brunswick Lyceum 

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                                                              Temperance 

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                                                                Temperance, 1833 Feb 

                                                                  1 31

                                                                  Temperance, 1838 

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                                                                    Temperance, c.1870 

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

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

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                                                                          Lectures: 

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                                                                            Antiquities of our Western States 

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                                                                              Architecture 

                                                                                1 37

                                                                                Classical Eloquence and Education 

                                                                                  1 38

                                                                                  Classical Learning, 1839 Nov 

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                                                                                    Collegiate Course of Study 

                                                                                      1 40

                                                                                      Comparative Philology, 1858 Feb 

                                                                                        1 41

                                                                                        Evangeline 

                                                                                          1 42

                                                                                          Greek Drama, 1859 

                                                                                            1 43

                                                                                            Greek History and Literature 

                                                                                              1 44

                                                                                              Greek Language 

                                                                                                1 45

                                                                                                Greek Literature 

                                                                                                  1 46

                                                                                                  Greek Literature: Homer 

                                                                                                    1 47

                                                                                                    Historical Topics 

                                                                                                      1 48

                                                                                                      Intellectual Habits, 1872 Sep 

                                                                                                        1 49

                                                                                                        Mutiny in the East Indies, The, 1857 

                                                                                                          1 50

                                                                                                          Oratory 

                                                                                                            1 51

                                                                                                            Pastoral Poetry 

                                                                                                              1 52

                                                                                                              Puritans 

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                                                                                                                Religion 

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                                                                                                                  Roman History 

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                                                                                                                    Roman Literature 

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                                                                                                                      Transcendental School: Its Style, 1844 


                                                                                                                         M142.3 Sermons, 1837-1881   38.0 folders

                                                                                                                        Arrangement:

                                                                                                                        Arranged chronologically.

                                                                                                                        Series Description:

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

                                                                                                                        Access Restrictions:

                                                                                                                        No restrictions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                       M142.4 Writings and Notes, 1819-1881, n.d.   20.0 folders

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arrangement:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      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:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 17

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Account of Mrs. A.S. Packard 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bowdoin Alumni: notes 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 19

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bowdoin College: "Reminiscences," 1881 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bowdoin College: sketch for Encyclopedia Britannica 

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 21

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bowdoin family: notes 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 22

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brunswick Temperance Society: 2nd Annual report 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 23

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Commencement part as Masters Candidate,1819 Sep 1 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cumberland County Temperance Society: 6th Annual Report 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        English Grammar: notes 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2 27

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gentlemen's Club, Brunswick ME: docket 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            History class notes: historical reading 

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Loci Communes," 1821 Mar 6 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Notebook, ca. 1829 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Notes: unsorted fragments 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Obituary of George Eliashib Adams, DD, 1849 - 1875 

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Obituary of Samuel Newman 

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reminiscences of Dr. Hemenway, by Miss Gates 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 M142.5 Miscellaneous Materials   10.0 folders

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 38

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Album 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bowdoin College Semi-Centennial register 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 40

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 41

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Journal 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Longfellow Memorial Association: membership certificate, c.1816 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Longfellow Statue Association: certificate, 1883 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Packard, A.S.: daguerreotype portrait 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Packard, Hezekiah: home in Wiscasset, c.1845 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Packard, Hezekiah: sermons 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Packard, Hezekiah or Asa: sermons 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sketches and tributes to A.S. Packard 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tappen, William B.: hymn, 1823