Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Jere Abbott Papers 1879-1934, undated
ID
M284
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1916-1934
Date [inclusive]
1879-1934
Extent
2.0 linear feet.
Language

Preferred Citation

Jere Abbott Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library


Biographical/Historical Note

Jere Abbott was born on October 5, 1897, to Arthur and Flora (nee Parkman) Abbott in Dexter, Maine. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1920, he did graduate work in science at Harvard and was an instructor of physics at Bowdoin from 1921-1922. During the next six years, he studied art and the history of art in France and Russia, and at Princeton and Harvard. In the spring of 1929 Abbott was invited to start a department of fine arts at Wesleyan University; later in 1929 he helped establish the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Abbott was associate director of the Museum of Modern Art when he resigned in 1932 to become director of the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts, a position he held until 1947. Abbott also served for many years as treasurer of the Amos Abbott Co. in Dexter, was a trustee of the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter for thirty-five years, and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Colby College in 1970.

Jere Abbott died in Dexter, Maine on July 9, 1982, survived by four cousins.


Scope and Content

Family papers, chiefly letters dated 1916-1934 from Jere Abbott to his parents, including letters while he was a student at Bowdoin. There are also two sketchpad albums of European sites, drawings, newspaper clippings, programs, and other printed 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

Acquisition Note

Gift; 2006


Collection Inventory

M284.1: Correspondence, 1916-1934, n.d.   1.75 linear feet.

Series Description:

Jere Abbott's correspondence, mainly letters from Jere to his parents. Letters dating from 1916 to 1922 reflect Abbott's years at Bowdoin as student and instructor. Information about Abbott's travel and study in Europe, Russia, and time spent at Princeton and Harvard, is found in letters from 1923 to 1929. Correspondence from 1929 to 1932 includes communication with Wesleyan University and references to his work on the development of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Abbott was Director of the Smith College Museum of Art when letters from 1932 to 1934 were written.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 1

1916 Sep 

1 2

1916 Oct-Dec 

1 3

1917 Jan-Mar 

1 4

1917 May-Sep 

1 5

1917 Sep-Dec 

1 6

1918 Jan-Feb 

1 7

1918 Mar-Sep 

1 8

1918 Oct 

1 9

1918 Nov-Dec 

1 10

1919 Jan-Feb 

1 11

1919 Mar-May 

1 12

1919 Sep-Dec 

1 13

1920 Jan-Feb 

1 14

1920 Apr-May 

1 15

1920 May-Sep 

1 16

1920 Sep-Oct 

1 17

1920 Oct-Dec 

1 18

1921 Jan-Feb 

1 19

1921 Feb-Mar 

1 20

1921 Mar-May 

1 21

1921 May-Jul 

1 22

1921 Jul 

1 23

1921 Aug-Nov 

1 24

1922 Jan-Dec 

1 25

1923 Jan-Feb 

1 26

1923 Feb-Apr 

1 27

1923 Apr-Dec 

1 28

1924 Jan-Mar 

1 29

1924 Mar-May 

1 30

1924 May-Oct 

1 31

1924 Oct-Dec 

1 32

1925 Jan-May 

1 33

1925 Jun-Jul 

1 34

1925 Jul-Dec 

1 35

1926 Jan-Feb 

1 36

1926 Feb-May 

1 37

1926 May-Nov 

1 38

1926 Nov-Dec 

1 39

1927 Jan-Feb 

1 40

1927 Feb-May 

1 41

1927 May-Oct 

2 1

1927 Oct-Nov 

2 2

1927 Nov-Dec 

2 3

1927 Dec 

2 4

1928 Jan-Feb 

2 5

1928 Feb-Oct 

2 6

1928 Oct-Nov 

2 7

1928 Nov-Dec 

2 8

1929 Jan-Mar 

2 9

1929 Mar-Apr 

2 10

1929 Apr-Sep 

2 11

1929 Sep-Dec 

2 12

1930 Jan-May 

2 13

1930 May-Sep 

2 14

1930 Oct-Dec 

2 15

1931 Jan-Feb 

2 16

1931 Feb-Jun 

2 17

1931 Jun-Dec 

2 18

1932 Jan-Dec 

2 19

1933 Jan-Apr 

2 20

1933 Apr-Jun 

2 21

1933 Jun-Nov 

2 22

1933 Nov-Dec 

2 233

1934 Jan 

2 24-30

Undated 


M284.2: Drawings, Clippings, and Ephemera, 1879-1931, n.d.   0.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

Magazine articles and newspaper clippings, some in Russian, most concerning art. There are drawings that were enclosed with correspondence, childhood drawings, two sketchpad albums of European sites, and a manuscript illustrated book. Also included is a report of rank and other Bowdoin College ephemera. Miscellaneous printed material includes the 1884 Westbrook Seminary commencement announcement for Flora S. Parkman, Abbott's mother, and a 1898 certificate of dedication announcing Abbott's baptism.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Box Folder
2 31

Clippings and articles, 1879, 1925-1930, n.d. 

2 32

Drawings, 1921-1928, n.d. 

2 33

Drawings from childhood, n.d. 

2 34

Ephemera, 1884-1898, 1928-1931, n.d. 

2 35

Ephemera - Bowdoin College, 1917-1923 

2 36

Manuscript illustrated book "The Inventive Life of Henry Crabapple," 1931 

2 37

Photoprint created and signed by Abbott, 1926 

Volume
1

Sketchpad album of Europe, 1921 

2

Sketchpad album of Europe, n.d.