Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr. Papers, 1915-1978, n.d.
ID
M225
Date [inclusive]
1915-1978
Extent
0.5 linear feet.
Language

Preferred Citation

Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr., Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library


Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr. was born in Auburn, Maine, January 4, 1909 and died on October 17, 1979. He graduated from Bowdoin cum laude in 1931 and studied at Harvard from 1931 to 1932. He was the son of Edward Farrington Abbott (Bowdoin 1903) and Mary Dana Abbott. Two brothers were also Bowdoin graduates, Luther Dana Abbott (Bowdoin 1939) and John Cushman Abbott (Bowdoin 1943). On June 30, 1951 he married Maude McCurry. One of their children, Philip J. Abbott, graduated from Bowdoin in 1980. Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr. was a businessman in the Lewiston-Auburn area from 1933 until his death in 1979, except for three years during World War II. During the war, he served as a weather forecaster in the USAAF, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. He was a director of the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA and a former president of the Auburn YMCA and the Maine Contract Bridge League, winning several New England Bridge Championships. In Bowdoin affairs he was a member of Theta Delta Chi, was chairman of the Lewiston-Auburn area Capital Campaign from 1962 to 1964, was a director of the Alumni Fund from 1958 to 1960, and served as 1931 Class Agent in the Fund from 1956 to 1960.


Scope and Content

The collection contains World War II correspondence of Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr. to family members, 1942-1945 and miscellaneous biographical material. Primary correspondents are his parents, Helen Abbott (sister), and Margaret Campbell (sister), but other family members are represented as well. The letters principally concern Abbott's day-to-day and recreational activities. Most of the biographical material is for Abbott, with a few items for other immediate family. Material includes school report cards, identification cards and photographs, and contract bridge cards.


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

Collection Inventory

M225.1: Correspondence, 1924-1945   0.4 linear feet.

Series Description:

World War II correspondence of Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr. to family members, 1942-1945. Primary correspondents are his parents, Helen Abbott (sister), and Margaret Campbell (sister), but other family members are represented as well. The scope extends from his time in training as a weather observer through his year of service in North Africa. The letters principally concern Abbott's day-to-day and recreational activities. Also includes two letters to his parents from 1924.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 1

1924 Jul 16 and Jul 30 (Summer camp at Camp Kineo, Harrison, ME) 

1 2

1942 Sep 6 - Oct 6 (Atlantic City, NJ) 

1 3

1942 Oct 26 - Dec 26 (Chanute Field, IL) 

1 4

1942 Dec 31 - 1943 Jul 2 (Ardmore, OK) 

1 5

1943 Jul 14 - Dec 22 (Chanute Field, IL) 

1 6

1944 Jan 4 - Feb 20 (Langley Field, VA) 

1 7

1944 Feb 26 - May 7 (Dover, DE) 

1 8

1944 May 22 - Jun 19 (Greensboro, NC) 

1 9

1944 Jun 20 - Jun 30 (Newport News, VA) 

1 10

1944 Jul 14 - Dec 10 (Algiers) - letters are reduced and copied 

1 11

1944 Aug 25 - Dec 26 (Algiers) 

1 12

1945 Jan 2 - Feb 14 (Algiers) 

1 13

1945 Feb 20 - Mar 29 (Algiers) 

1 14

1945 Apr 3 - May 30 (Algiers) 

1 15

1945 Jun 2 - Jul 30 (Algiers) 

1 16

1945 Aug 10 - Oct 10 (Algiers) 

1 17

Miscellaneous envelopes 


M225.2: Miscellaneous Biographical Material, 1915-1978, n.d.   0.1 linear feet.

Series Description:

This series contains school report cards, identification cards from the Civil Aeronautics Administration and other agencies, contract bridge cards, identification card photographs, newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous biographical material. The bulk of the material is for Edward Farrington Abbott, Jr., with a few items for other immediate family members.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 18

1915-1931 

1 19

1939-1942 

1 20

1946-1978, n.d.