Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Daveis, Charles Stewart, 1788-1865.
Title
Charles Stewart Daveis papers
ID
M044
Date [inclusive]
1808-1864, Undated
Extent
1.0 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Correspondence, addresses, and miscellaneous documents primarily concerning Bowdoin College and the non-resident proprietors of Maine lands.

Preferred Citation

Charles Stewart Daveis Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Stewart Daveis (Bowdoin 1807) was born on May 10, 1788. His father had served as captain during the American Revolution and was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Daveis prepped at Andover Academy before entering Bowdoin in 1803 at the age of fifteen. He was graduated with the second graduating class from the College. In 1815 he married Elizabeth Taylor Gilman, daughter of Governor Nicholas Gilman of Exeter, New Hampshire. They had four children: Gilman (Bowdoin 1837), a physician in Portland; Edward Henry (Bowdoin 1838), a lawyer and businessman in Portland; Mary, who married Rev. David G. Haskins of Cambridge, Mass.; and Anna, who married Charles Jones of Portland. Daveis studied law under Nicholas Emery (Bowdoin Overseer 1813-1817); he then practiced in Portland, specializing in admiralty law. Later, he became United States Agent to Holland (1829) and a member of the Maine Senate (1841). Daveis also served as Bowdoin Overseer (1816-1837), Vice-President of the Board (1829-1837), and Trustee (1837-1864). Charles Stewart Daveis died March 29, 1865.


Scope and Content

The Charles S. Daveis Papers contain correspondence (1808-1864), much of it on college business; addresses for the laying of the cornerstone for King Chapel at Bowdoin College (July 16, 1845), the inauguration of President Woods (1839), and Women and Literature (given at Harvard, 1844); and miscellaneous documents. Daveis was also an agent for the non-resident proprietors of Maine lands, and there are letters and documents (1825-1827) relating to this in the collection.


Arrangement

Organized into 3 series: Correspondence, 1808-1864, n.d.; Addresses; Documents.


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

No restrictions.


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bowdoin College -- History.
  • Bowdoin College -- Presidents.
  • Bowdoin College. -- Chapel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Daveis, Charles Stewart, -- 1788-1865 -- Archives.
  • Woods, Leonard, -- 1807-1878 -- Inauguration, 1839.

Subject(s)

  • Business, Industry, Economics
  • College buildings -- Maine -- Brunswick.
  • Education
  • Purchasing agents -- Maine.
  • Real property -- Maine.
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- Maine -- Brunswick.

Collection Inventory

 M044.1 Correspondence, 1808-1864, n.d.   0.8 linear feet

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence regarding Bowdoin College business or concerning Daveis.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1-70

1808 - 1864 

    1 71

    n.d. 

      1 72

      Correspondence concerning 


         M044.2 Addresses, 1839, 1844, 1845   7.0 folders

        Arrangement:

        Arranged chronologically.

        Series Description:

        This series contains addresses given at Bowdoin, particularly at the laying of the cornerstone of the King's Chapel, as well as an address given for Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard.

        Access Restrictions:

        No restrictions.

        Box Folder
        2 1

        1839: Inauguration of President Woods 

          2 2

          1844 Sep: "Women and Literature," Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard 

            2 3-7

            1845 Jul 16: Laying of Cornerstone of King Chapel 


               M044.3 Documents, 1825-1827, n.d.   6.0 folders

              Arrangement:

              Arranged chronologically.

              Series Description:

              This series contains correspondence and documents for the non-resident proprietors of Maine lands, as well as miscellaneous documents.

              Access Restrictions:

              No restrictions.

              Box Folder
              2 8

              Non-Resident and Proprietors of Maine Lands: correspondence and documents, 1825 Jan - Feb 16 

                2 9

                Non-Resident and Proprietors of Maine Lands: correspondence and documents, 1825 Feb 17 - Dec 31 

                  2 10

                  Non-Resident and Proprietors of Maine Lands: correspondence and documents, 1826 

                    2 11

                    Non-Resident and Proprietors of Maine Lands: correspondence and documents, 1827 

                      2 12-13

                      Miscellaneous documents