Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Whittier, Frank N., (Frank Nathaniel), 1861-1924
Title
Frank Nathaniel Whittier collection
ID
M186
Date [inclusive]
1889-2008, undated
Extent
0.25 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings concerning Whittier's career. Also included are biographical materials, correspondence, writings by Whittier, and Bowdoin College memorial tributes.

Preferred Citation

Frank Nathaniel Whittier Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Nathaniel Whittier was born in Farmington, Maine, on December 12, 1861. He was graduated from Wilton Academy in 1881, and from Bowdoin College in 1885. After briefly studying law, he returned to Bowdoin in 1886 as director of the gymnasium and continued his studies in the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin College, receiving his M.D. in 1889. Whittier's service to Bowdoin continued for thirty-eight years as college physician, professor of hygiene and physical training, and as professor of pathology and bacteriology at the Medical School. During World War I he volunteered for medical duty and attained the rank of major. During Whittier's tenure at Bowdoin, college athletics and physical training were promoted, Sargent Gymnasium and Hyde Athletic Building were properly equipped, and Whittier Athletic Field was established and named in his honor. In June 1924, Whittier received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Bowdoin.

Whittier was also a noted pathologist and criminologist. Two innovations that he helped develop and use for the first time in a court of law were a serology test which distinguished human from animal blood, and a ballistics test which matched shells with the weapons that fired them. Whittier was a member of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists, the Maine Medical Society, the Society of Gymnasium Directors, and the Society for the Advancement of Physical Training. At the time of his death he was one of the medical examiners in Cumberland County, Maine.

Whittier died on December 23, 1924. He was survived by his wife, Eugenie Harward Skolfield of Brunswick, and two daughters, Isabel and Alice. Isabel Whittier was an author and college history teacher, and Alice Whittier was a pediatrician.


Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings concerning Whittier's career. Also included are biographical materials, correspondence, writings by Whittier, and Bowdoin College memorial tributes. In addition, there are clippings of articles by and about Whittier's daughter, Isabel Whittier.


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.


Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1

Biographical materials, 1955-1962, 2007, 2008, n.d. 

    1 2

    Bowdoin College memorial tributes, 1925, n.d. 

      1 3

      Correspondence: letter to Professor George Little, 1891 Apr 22 

        1 4

        Correspondence regarding Poland Spring Water, 1916, 1920 

          1 5

          Genealogical material, n.d. 

            1 6

            Miscellaneous correspondence, newspaper clippings, and notes, 1894, 1951, n.d. 

              1 7

              Newspaper clippings: academic, legal, medical and personal, 1889-1924, 1959, n.d. 

                1 8

                Newspaper clippings: military, 1917-1919 

                  1 9

                  Newspaper clippings: obituaries and memorials, 1924-1925 

                    1 10

                    Whittier, Isabel, 1957-1965, n.d. 

                      1 11

                      Writings, 1902, 1904, 1913, 1919