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George Boardman Noyes Papers M141

George Boardman Noyes papers
Noyes, George Boardman, 1837-1927
Date [inclusive]:
1835-1944, undated
0.5 linear feet
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Personal correspondence, mostly from Noyes family members, varied business correspondence, and documents ranging from Noyes's appointment as hospital steward during the Civil War to citizenship and pension papers; also includes sermons, newspaper clippings, ephemera, photographs, and a scrapbook.
Preferred Citation:

George Boardman Noyes Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswik, Maine

George Boardman Noyes was born on April 6, 1837, in Atkinson, Maine, and served as hospital steward with the 11th Maine Volunteers from 1864-1865. Following his graduation from the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin in 1866, Noyes was a physician in Lisbon Falls, Maine, from 1866-1870, in Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada, from 1870-1892, and in Charleston, Maine, from 1892-1908. In addition to being a physician, Noyes was a licensed Baptist preacher. He retired to Stonington, Maine in 1908 and died on July 31, 1927.

The papers contain personal correspondence, mostly from family members, varied business correspondence, and documents ranging from Noyes's appointment as hospital steward during the Civil War to citizenship and pension papers. Also included are Noyes's sermon notes and sermons, newspaper clippings, ephemera, photographs, and pages taken from a family history scrapbook. With the scrapbook pages are a number of tintypes and photographs, some of family members in Civil War uniform. Also of interest are Noyes's lecture notes from lectures at the Medical School of Maine; these are located with the records of the Medical School of Maine.

Series Description:

Letters to Noyes, mainly from members of his immediate family, including news of family and friends. Births, deaths, health, the weather, employment, religion, and politics are the main topics. There are also two letters from Daniel Fulton Ellis, a medical school classmate of Noyes.


Arranged chronologically.


Box 1 Folder 1


Box 1 Folder 2


Box 1 Folder 3

1901-1910, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

Series Description:

Items vary from a claim for a stolen horse to a shipping notice from the National Plaster Company. Also included are notes due Noyes and an advertisement from G. B. Noyes for a new assortment of goods, drugs, chemicals, and remedies.


Arranged chronologically.

1870-1892, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 5

Series Description:

This series contains various documents from Noyes's Civil War service such as passes, his appointment as hospital steward, and his discharge in 1866; and documents concerning his medical practice, including his appointment as medical examiner for an insurance company and his appointment as health officer for the town of Stonington. Documents concerning the Baptist church include his license to preach and a farewell petition from parishioners. There are formal papers regarding Noyes's citizenship, pension, and position in the Grand Lodge.


Arranged alphabetically.

Baptist church, 1879-1892

Box 1 Folder 6

Citizenship and pension, 1896-1926

Box 1 Folder 7

Civil War, 1861-1866

Box 1 Folder 8

Grand Lodge, 1885-1888

Box 1 Folder 9

Medical practice, 1886-1917, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 10

Series Description:

As a licensed Baptist preacher Noyes had handwritten sermons and sermon notes on topics such as christian warfare, idolatry, and providence. The more formal notes with titles are arranged alphabetically by title. Random jottings and newspaper clippings regarding temperance are grouped in the folder of miscellaneous notes.


Arranged alphabetically.

Subjects C-E, Christian warfare-eulogy

Box 1 Folder 11

Subjects F-L, freedom-light

Box 1 Folder 12

Subjects P, perfection-psalms

Box 1 Folder 13

Subjects R-W, repentance-wisdom

Box 1 Folder 14

Miscellaneous notes

Box 1 Folder 15

Series Description:

Articles include 1885 county council proceedings in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, with references to Councillor G. B. Noyes, an announcement of office hours for G. B. Noyes, M.D., and the accomplishments of Dr. B. Lake Noyes, son of George Boardman Noyes. There is also a program from the Tulane University Medical School commencement, 1936.


Arranged alphabetically by material type then chronologically.

Clippings: 1885-1937, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 16

Program from Tulane University Medical School commencement, 1936

Box 1 Folder 17

Series Description:

Collection of pages taken from a family history scrapbook where material dates from 1835 to 1944 with the bulk between 1862 and 1937. Letters, postcards, stock certificates, and photographs, including a number of tintypes, are included. Family members in Civil War uniform are among the tintypes and photographs. There is also a receipt dated 1866 from Bowdoin College to George Boardman Noyes for medical tickets. In addition to the photographs with the scrapbook there are two undated photographs, one signed.

Scrapbook pages, part 1

Box 1 Folder 18

Scrapbook pages, part 2

Box 1 Folder 19

Scrapbook pages, part 3

Box 1 Folder 20

Scrapbook pages, part 4

Box 1 Folder 21


Box 1 Folder 22