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Jere Abbott Papers M284

Title:
Jere Abbott papers
Creator:
Abbott, Jere, 1897-1982
ID:
M284
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1916-1934
Date [inclusive]:
1879-1934
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Family papers, chiefly letters dated 1916-1934 from Jere Abbott to his parents, including letters while he was a student at Bowdoin.
Acquisition Note:

Gift; 2006

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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.

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.

1916 Sep

Box 1 Folder 1

1916 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 2

1917 Jan-Mar

Box 1 Folder 3

1917 May-Sep

Box 1 Folder 4

1917 Sep-Dec

Box 1 Folder 5

1918 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 6

1918 Mar-Sep

Box 1 Folder 7

1918 Oct

Box 1 Folder 8

1918 Nov-Dec

Box 1 Folder 9

1919 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 10

1919 Mar-May

Box 1 Folder 11

1919 Sep-Dec

Box 1 Folder 12

1920 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 13

1920 Apr-May

Box 1 Folder 14

1920 May-Sep

Box 1 Folder 15

1920 Sep-Oct

Box 1 Folder 16

1920 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 17

1921 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 18

1921 Feb-Mar

Box 1 Folder 19

1921 Mar-May

Box 1 Folder 20

1921 May-Jul

Box 1 Folder 21

1921 Jul

Box 1 Folder 22

1921 Aug-Nov

Box 1 Folder 23

1922 Jan-Dec

Box 1 Folder 24

1923 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 25

1923 Feb-Apr

Box 1 Folder 26

1923 Apr-Dec

Box 1 Folder 27

1924 Jan-Mar

Box 1 Folder 28

1924 Mar-May

Box 1 Folder 29

1924 May-Oct

Box 1 Folder 30

1924 Oct-Dec

Box 1 Folder 31

1925 Jan-May

Box 1 Folder 32

1925 Jun-Jul

Box 1 Folder 33

1925 Jul-Dec

Box 1 Folder 34

1926 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 35

1926 Feb-May

Box 1 Folder 36

1926 May-Nov

Box 1 Folder 37

1926 Nov-Dec

Box 1 Folder 38

1927 Jan-Feb

Box 1 Folder 39

1927 Feb-May

Box 1 Folder 40

1927 May-Oct

Box 1 Folder 41

1927 Oct-Nov

Box 2 Folder 1

1927 Nov-Dec

Box 2 Folder 2

1927 Dec

Box 2 Folder 3

1928 Jan-Feb

Box 2 Folder 4

1928 Feb-Oct

Box 2 Folder 5

1928 Oct-Nov

Box 2 Folder 6

1928 Nov-Dec

Box 2 Folder 7

1929 Jan-Mar

Box 2 Folder 8

1929 Mar-Apr

Box 2 Folder 9

1929 Apr-Sep

Box 2 Folder 10

1929 Sep-Dec

Box 2 Folder 11

1930 Jan-May

Box 2 Folder 12

1930 May-Sep

Box 2 Folder 13

1930 Oct-Dec

Box 2 Folder 14

1931 Jan-Feb

Box 2 Folder 15

1931 Feb-Jun

Box 2 Folder 16

1931 Jun-Dec

Box 2 Folder 17

1932 Jan-Dec

Box 2 Folder 18

1933 Jan-Apr

Box 2 Folder 19

1933 Apr-Jun

Box 2 Folder 20

1933 Jun-Nov

Box 2 Folder 21

1933 Nov-Dec

Box 2 Folder 22

1934 Jan

Box 2 Folder 233

Undated

Box 2 Folder 24-30

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.

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

Box 2 Folder 31

Drawings, 1921-1928, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 32

Drawings from childhood, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 33

Ephemera, 1884-1898, 1928-1931, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 34

Ephemera - Bowdoin College, 1917-1923

Box 2 Folder 35

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

Box 2 Folder 36

Photoprint created and signed by Abbott, 1926

Box 2 Folder 37

Sketchpad album of Europe, 1921

Volume 1

Sketchpad album of Europe, n.d.

Volume 2
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