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Elizabeth Wilson papers (M262)

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Title:
Elizabeth Wilson papers
Creator:
Wilson, Elizabeth, 1905-2004
ID:
M262
Date [inclusive]:
1953-2004
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Papers, chiefly correspondence, business records, newspaper clippings, and related material, of Elizabeth "Bece" Wilson concerning Bowdoin College student boarders at her home at 82 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine.
Preferred Citation:

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

Elizabeth Hawkins Wilson (1905-2004) received an honorary M.A. from Bowdoin in 1989. She was graduated from Smith College in 1927 and then completed a B.S. from the Yale University School of Nursing. In 1931 she married Clement S. Wilson (Bowdoin Class of 1927). After her husband's death in 1948, she worked as a nurse at Dudley Coe Infirmary at Bowdoin College, the Maine State Public Health Nursing Department, and the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She rented rooms in her home at 82 Federal Street to over 250 Bowdoin students over the course of more than fifty years.

Papers, chiefly correspondence, business records, newspaper clippings, and related material, of Elizabeth "Bece" Wilson concerning Bowdoin College student boarders at her home at 82 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine. Correspondents include active and prior boarders.

Organized into three series: Correspondence, 1977-1997, n.d.; Clippings and Printed Ephemera, 1980-1998, n.d.; Rent Records and Related Materials, 1953-2004, n.d.

Corporate Name(s):
  • Bowdoin College -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Bowdoin College -- Students.
Personal Name(s):
  • Wilson, Elizabeth -- Archives.
Subject(s):
  • Business, Industry, Economics
  • College students -- Housing -- Maine -- Brunswick.
  • Community and College -- Maine -- Brunswick.
  • Landlords -- Maine -- Brunswick.
  • Social Life and Customs

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

Personal correspondence between Elizabeth Wilson and her student boarders. Includes cards and letters from former boarders as well as notes between Wilson and boarders about daily life in the house.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1977-1979

Box 1 Folder 1

1980

Box 1 Folder 2

1981

Box 1 Folder 3

1982

Box 1 Folder 4

1983-1986

Box 1 Folder 5

1987-1989

Box 1 Folder 6

1990-1997

Box 1 Folder 7

No date

Box 1 Folder 8-11

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type, then chronologically.

Series Description:

Includes newspaper clippings relating to Wilson's boarders and programs and announcements for concerts, plays, art shows and commencements in which her student boarders were involved. Wilson often underlined her students' names in the programs.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1989, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 12

Printed Ephemera, 1980-1982

Box 1 Folder 13

Printed Ephemera, 1984

Box 1 Folder 14

Printed Ephemera, 1985

Box 1 Folder 15

Printed Ephemera, 1986-1988

Box 1 Folder 16

Printed Ephemera, 1989-1991, 1998

Box 1 Folder 17

Printed Ephemera, no date

Box 1 Folder 18

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

Notebooks of rent records for fifty years of boarders. Interspersed throughout the notebooks are correspondence, clippings, notes and programs that relate to specific student boarders.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1953-1965

Box 2 Folder 1

1968-1971

Box 2 Folder 2

1970-1974

Box 2 Folder 3

1974-1978

Box 2 Folder 4

1979-1984

Box 2 Folder 5

1984-1987

Box 2 Folder 6

1987-1991

Box 2 Folder 7

1991-1995

Box 2 Folder 8

1995-1998

Box 2 Folder 9

1998-1999

Box 2 Folder 10

2000-2004

Box 2 Folder 11

Miscellaneous papers, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 12

Receipt stubs, 1986-1998

Box 2 Folder 13
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