Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Stowe Collection, 1824-2011
ID
M172
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1852-1900
Date [inclusive]
1824-2011
Extent
0.5 linear feet
Language

Preferred Citation

Stowe Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on June 14, 1811. She attended then taught at the Hartford Female Academy, a school founded by her sister Catherine. She later taught at the Western Female Institute in Ohio. Stowe published her first story in Western Monthly in 1834. She later contributed to Atlantic Monthly, the New York Independent, and the Christian Union.

Stowe wrote her most famous novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), while living in Brunswick, Maine. First published as a serial in the National Era, the novel was an instant success that has never gone out of print. Other works by Stowe include The Pearl of Orr's Island (1862) and Poganuc People (1878). Harriet Beecher Stowe died on July 11, 1896, at her home in Hartford, Connecticut.

Calvin Ellis Stowe (Bowdoin 1824), educator and writer, was born April 26, 1802 in Natick, Massachusetts. Stowe attended school in Bradford, Massachusetts, and Gorham Academy in Gorham, Maine, before entering Bowdoin College. After graduating, Stowe worked at Bowdoin as Librarian. He left in 1825 to teach at Andover Theological Seminary, Dartmouth and, later, Lane Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he met and married Harriet Elizabeth Beecher in 1836.

Stowe spent the early 1850s at Bowdoin as Collins Professor of Natural and Revealed Religion. Stowe retired from teaching after spending twelve more years at Andover. On August 22, 1886, Calvin Stowe died at his home in Mandarin, Florida.


Scope and Content

Material relating to Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe includes correspondence; holograph notes (including "The moral of Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1 p.)); editorials; transcripts of selected letters; playbills; ephemera; inscribed album, images, and newsclippings.

Material relating to Calvin Ellis Stowe includes correspondence (1824-73); biographical clippings, images, obituary, and ephemera.


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

M172.1: Harriet Beecher Stowe   0.2 linear feet

Series Description:

Series contains materials concerning Harriet Beecher Stowe, including correspondence, signed holograph notes, clippings, playbills, posters, trading cards, an album inscribed by HBS, and ephemera.

M172.1.1: Correspondence 

Box Folder
1 1

Correspondence; holograph notes 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection (M1.8): 1874 Dec 2, HBS to [Edward] Abbott 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection (M1.8): 1876 Sep 16, HBS to [Lyman] Abbott 1877 Apr 14, HBS to [Edward] Abbott 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection (M1.8): 1878 Feb 27, HBS to [Lyman] Abbott 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection (M1.8): 1879 Jan 15, HBS to Mrs. [Lyman] Abbott 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection (M1.8): 1883 Jun 1, HBS to [Edward] Abbott 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection (M1.8): n.y. Sep 21, HBS to [Edward?] Abbott 

1 2

From the Abbott Memorial Collection, "The Whittier Tribute" (M1.11): [1877] Nov 19, HBS to [Edward] Abbott 

1 2

From the Annie Lawrence Edmands Autograph Book (M54): n.d., fair copy of poem signed by HBS 

1 2

From the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Papers (M112.1.1): n.y. Aug 4, HBS to HWL 

1 2

From the Oliver Otis Howard Papers (M91.4): 1878 Nov 12, HBS to OOH 

Microfilm
Reel 22

1828-1885, letters, the bulk authored by HBS, in Yale University Library's collection. Not to be published or reproduced photographically without permission of Yale University Library. (1 reel, positive) 

Box Folder
1 3

Transcripts of Selected Letters 

M172.1.2: Miscellaneous Materials 

Box Folder
1 4

Clippings, 1871-1917 

1 5

Clippings, 1918-1979 

1 6

Clippings, 1980- 

1 7

Clippings, National Era, "Letters from Maine," nos. 1 and 2, Aug. 5 & Sept. 9, 1852 

1 8

Assorted ephemera 

1 9

Playbills for "Harriet" 

1 10

"Little Eva Song," printed on cloth 

1 11

"O Rest of Rests," words by Harriet Beecher Stowe 

1 12

"Songster of Ed. F. Davis' Grand Spectacular Production of Uncle Tom's Cabin" 

1 13

Commemorative stamps, 13 June 2007 [first day of issue] 

1 14

"Onkel Tom's Hutte," 6 advertising trading cards (chromolithograph) issued by Liebig's Fleisch-Extract, ca. 1900 

1 15

"Onkel Tom's Hutte," 6 advertising trading cards (chromolithograph) issued by Hauswaldt's Kaiser-Otto-Kaffee, ca. 1900 

Ovsz-Box
E

Poster for the Stowe conference, "Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200: Home, Nation, and Place in the 21st Century," 2011 Jun 23-25 

Box Folder
1 16

Program for conference "Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200: Home, Nation, and Place in the 21st Century," 2011 Jun 23-26 

1 17

Album, red velvet and ivory covered, inscribed by HBS, other pages blank, Aug. 4, 1890 

Ovsz-Box
E

"Still, Still With Thee," words by Harriet Beecher Stowe 


M172.2: Calvin Ellis Stowe   0.2 linear feet

Series Description:

Series contains information concerning Calvin Ellis Stowe, including correspondence, clippings and ephemera.

Box Folder
1 18

Correspondence 

1 19

Clippings 

1 20

Miscellaneous printed ephemera 

1 21

Miscellaneous printed ephemera 


M172.3: Images   0.1 linear feet

Series Description:

Series contains stereopticons and printed engravings.

Box Folder
1 22

C.E. Stowe, engraving by Buttre (cut from a book) 

1 22

C.E. Stowe, engraving by Wilcox (cut from a book) 

Ovsz-Box
E

C.E. Stowe, engraving by Buttre 

E

Harriet Beecher Stowe, engravings (3 portraits) and a print 

Box Folder
1 23

Stowe home, Mandarin, Florida, postcard 

1 23

Stowe home, Mandarin, Florida, stereograph: front, with Prof., Mrs. Stowe, and family 

1 23

Stowe home, Mandarin, Florida, stereograph: interior 

1 23

Stowe home, Mandarin, Florida, stereograph: rear 

1 24

Stowe House, Brunswick, Maine, 6 views