Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Wilson, Elizabeth, 1905-2004
Title
Elizabeth Wilson papers
ID
M262
Date [inclusive]
1953-2004
Extent
2.0 linear feet
Language
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.
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.


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


Arrangement

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.


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

Controlled Access Headings

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

Collection Inventory

 M262.1 Correspondence, 1977-1997, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 1

1977-1979 

    1 2

    1980 

      1 3

      1981 

        1 4

        1982 

          1 5

          1983-1986 

            1 6

            1987-1989 

              1 7

              1990-1997 

                1 8-11

                No date 


                   M262.2 Clippings and Printed Ephemera, 1980-1998, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

                  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 resetrictions.

                  Box Folder
                  1 12

                  Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1989, n.d. 

                    1 13

                    Printed Ephemera, 1980-1982 

                      1 14

                      Printed Ephemera, 1984 

                        1 15

                        Printed Ephemera, 1985 

                          1 16

                          Printed Ephemera, 1986-1988 

                            1 17

                            Printed Ephemera, 1989-1991, 1998 

                              1 18

                              Printed Ephemera, no date 


                                 M262.3 Rent Records and Related Materials, 1953-2004, n.d.   1.0 linear feet

                                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.

                                Box Folder
                                2 1

                                1953-1965 

                                  2 2

                                  1968-1971 

                                    2 3

                                    1970-1974 

                                      2 4

                                      1974-1978 

                                        2 5

                                        1979-1984 

                                          2 6

                                          1984-1987 

                                            2 7

                                            1987-1991 

                                              2 8

                                              1991-1995 

                                                2 9

                                                1995-1998 

                                                  2 10

                                                  1998-1999 

                                                    2 11

                                                    2000-2004 

                                                      2 12

                                                      Miscellaneous papers, n.d. 

                                                        2 13

                                                        Receipt stubs, 1986-1998