Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Bowdoin Family Collection, 1687-1996
ID
M15
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1687-1848
Date [inclusive]
1687-1996
Extent
8.0 linear feet
Language

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

Agency History / Biographical Note: This collection concerns four generations of the Bowdoin family of Massachusetts. The principal members are Pierre Baudouin (1650?-1706), progenitor of the family in America; James Bowdoin (1676-1747), Boston merchant; James Bowdoin II (1726-1790), Governor of Massachusetts; and James Bowdoin III (1752-1811), benefactor of the College.

Pierre Baudouin, a Huguenot emigrant possibly from La Rochelle, France, left the Continent for Dublin, Ireland, by 1683. There, and in Wexford, he functioned as a merchant before immigrating to America in 1686. After a short stay in what is now South Portland, Maine, he arrived in Boston by 1690. There he became a successful merchant and ships' captain. After his death, his eldest son James anglicized "Baudouin" as "Bowdoin," the spelling that the American branch of the family, including his mother, Elizabeth (1643?-1720), also adopted.

Pierre's son James Bowdoin I became one of the wealthiest merchants in Massachusetts and added extensive lands and real estate to the family's holdings. (The three James Bowdoins did not use roman numerals in referring to themselves; they are used as a convenience by the College and historians).

James [I]'s son James Bowdoin II extended the family's businesses, wealth and holdings. As a member of the Massachusetts Council he was appointed to lead the Massachusetts delegation to the Continental Congress, but he failed to attend because of ill health. He also served as president of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention and was the second governor of the Commonwealth (1785-1787), serving during Shay's Rebellion. He was an avid amateur scientist, a founding member and first president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of several tracts, including A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston....

James [II]'s son James Bowdoin III continued the family's businesses, though his personal interests ran more toward land management and agriculture. He was involved in Massachusetts politics from 1786 to 1796 and was Jefferson's Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of Spain and Co-commissioner to France from 1805 to 1808, living in Paris. Bowdoin College, named for his father, was greatly enriched by his gifts and bequests, which included funds, lands in Maine, and his book, scientific and art collections. He and his wife, Sarah Bowdoin (1761-1826), who accompanied him to Paris, had no children.


Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both personal and professional, as well as business, financial, and political documents, including wills and other materials concerning the Bowdoin estate. Also included are a holograph poem by Phillis Wheatley on the capture of Gen. Charles Lee, dedicated to James Bowdoin II, and a diary of Sarah Bowdoin, which documents her and her husband's stay in Paris from 1806 to 1808, and a number of realia, including two waistcoats of James Bowdoin III and scientific instruments used by James Bowdoin II. The collection is supplemented by genealogical materials concerning the Bowdoin family collected by Bowdoin College and William Bowden, as well as the manuscript for the unpublished biography of James Bowdoin II by Francis Walett and images of family members.


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

M15.1: Correspondence, 1730-1848   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Consists of letters to and from members of the Bowdoin family focusing mainly on matters both financial and political. Principal correspondents are James Bowdoin II, including letters written during the American Revolution and during his tenure as the Governor of Massachusetts, and James Bowdoin III, whose letterbooks from 1791 to 1811 compliment the series. Other correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 1

Alphabetical and Chronological Lists and Correspondence Concordance 

1 2

James Bowdoin I to Court of General Sessions, [n.p.]. 3 August, 1730 [1 p.] 

1 3

James Bowdoin I to Messrs. Storke and Gainsborough, Boston. 27 October, 1735 [2 p.] 

1 4

James Bowdoin I and James Pitts to Messrs. Storke and Gainsborough, Boston. 19 July, 1736 [2 p.] 

1 5

James Bowdoin I to Daniel Ayrault, Boston. 27 January, 1736 [3 p.] 

1 6

James Bowdoin I to John Curtis, Boston. 1738 May 3 [2p.] with typed transcription 

1 7

William Erving to James Bowdoin II, Scituate, [Ma.]. 27 October, 1755 [3 p.] 

1 8

Nathaniel Gorham and Rufus King to James Bowdoin II, New York. 22 [August?], 1767. James Bowdoin II to [?] Edwards, Boston. 30 [August?], 1767 [2 p.] (original copy) 

1 9

James Bowdoin II to Col. Jonathan Glover, Watertown, [Ma.]. 19 June, 1776 [2 p.] 

1 10

James Bowdoin II to the Hon. Joseph Hawley, Esq., Watertown, [Ma.]. 15 July, 1776 [3 p.] 

1 11

James Bowdoin II to Col. Nathaniel Freeman, Boston. 31 July, 1776 [2 p.] 

1 12

James Bowdoin II to George Washington, Boston. 7 October, 1776 [1 p.] 

1 13

James Bowdoin II to Charles Cushing, Boston. 16 December, 1778 [2 p.] 

1 14

James Bowdoin II to Oliver Wendell, [n.p.]. 10 May, 1780 [2 p.] (original and photocopy) 

1 15

George Washington to James Bowdoin II, "Liberty pole in Berges County". 28 August, 1780 [5 p.] 

1 16

James Bowdoin III to "Your Excellency," Boston. 22 January, 1782 [2 p.] 

1 17

James Bowdoin III to Thomas Fitzsimons, Boston. 1 April and 5 April, 1784 [3 p.] 

1 18

James Bowdoin III to Rev. Dr. [Richard] Price, Boston. 24 December, 1784 [2 p.] 

1 19

James Bowdoin II to Hon. Samuel Osgood Esq., Boston. 16 July, 1785 [electrostatic copy] 

1 20

James Bowdoin III to Betsey Oliver, [n.p.]. [ca. 1785] [2 p.] 

1 21

James Bowdoin III to Peter Oliver, [Dorchester, Ma.?]. [ca. 1785] [8 p.] 

1 22

James Bowdoin II to Josiah Little, Boston. 19 May, 1785 [1 p.] 

1 23

John Langdon to James Bowdoin II, Portsmouth, N.H. 29 June, 1785. [2 p.], JBII, June 29, 1785 

1 24

Benjamin Franklin to James Bowdoin II, Philadelphia. 1 January, 1786. [4 p.] 

1 25

John Buttrick, Joseph Hosmer, and Ephraim Wood to James Bowdoin II, Concord. 2 December, 1786. [1 p.] 

1 26

James Bowdoin II to Major Gen'l Lincoln, Boston, March 8, 1787, (8vo.), [1 p.] 

1 27

James Bowdoin II to John Pickering, Boston. 8 July, 1788. [2 p.] 

1 28

James Bowdoin III to Maj. Badlam, Dorchester, [Ma.]. 17 March, 1791. [1 p.] 

1 29

James Bowdoin III to Benjamin Talmadge, Boston. 7 March, 1793. [3 p.] 

1 30

Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple Winthrop to Thomas J. Winthrop, New York. 17 February, 1798. [3 p.] 

1 31

James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, Boston 20 March, 1802. [4 p.] 

1 32

Samuel Deane and Isaac Parker to James Bowdoin III, Portland. 2 May, 1802. [1 p.] (photocopy) 

1 33

James Bowdoin III to Jesse Putnam, Esq., Boston. 30 June, 1802. [4 p.] 

1 34

James Bowdoin II and Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple to Miss Thacher, Boston. 25 May, 1803. [2 p.] 

1 35

Henry Dearborn to Thomas L. Winthrop re: portraits of Jefferson and Madison painted for James Bowdoin III, Washington. 27 June, 1805. [1 p.] 

1 36

James Bowdoin III to James Madison, London. 3 September, 1805. [7 p.] 

1 37

James Bowdoin III to Lawson Alexander, Paris. 6 November, 1805. [1 p.] 

1 38

James Bowdoin III to T. Skipwith, [n.p.]. [ca. 1806]. [2 p.] 

1 39

James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, Paris. 8 October, 1807 [7 p.] (photocopy--do not reproduce) 

1 40

James Bowdoin III to Dr. Bullus, Cherbourg. 4 October, 1807 [2 p.] 

1 41

James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, London. 2 December, 1807 [2 p.] 

1 42

Thomas Jefferson to James Bowdoin III, Washington. 23 June, 1808 [2 p.] 

1 43

James Temple Bowdoin to Major General Salem Towne, Boston. 21 July, 1824 [4 p.] 

1 44

William Bowdoin to George M. Atwater, South Hadley Falls. 4 March, 1848 [2 p.] 

Vault-Volume
1

James Bowdoin III Letterbook, 1791-1805 

2

James Bowdoin III Letterbook, 1806-1811 


M15.2: Documents & Wills   2.75 linear feet

Series Description:

Consists of five sub-series: Pierre & Elizabeth Baudouin, James Bowdoin I, James Bowdoin II, James Bowdoin III & Sarah Bowdoin, and Other Family. See sub-series descriptions below for a detailed description.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically into sub-series by family member, then chronologically within each sub-series with estate and will material listed last.

M15.2.1: Documents & Wills: Pierre & Elizabeth Baudouin, 

Subseries Description:

Contains a survey of Baudouin lands in Maine from 1687, as well as the last wills & testaments of both Pierre Baudouin and his wife, Elizabeth. Also includes an inventory of the Pierre Baudouin estate in Boston.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Box Folder
1 45

Survey of Baudouin lands and letter to Governor Andros, 1687. (photocopies) 

1 46

Last Will and Testament of Pierre Baudouin, 16 June, 1704. (photocopy) 

1 47

Inventory of the estate of Pierre Baudouin, Boston. Probated 17 August, 1719, by Samuel Sewall. (photocopy) 

1 48

Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Baudouin, Boston. 5 September, 1717. Probated 5 September, 1720. (photocopy) 

1 49

Certified copy of the of the Record of Death of Pierre Baudouin in September, 1706, issued by the City of Boston in 1959. 

M15.2.2: Documents & Wills: James Bowdoin I 

Subseries Description:

Consists primarily of materials documenting financial and business transactions, including receipts and invoices for goods sold. Also included are land deeds as well as the last will & testament of James Bowdoin I.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Box Folder
1 50

Settlement of debt of the estate of George Vaughn, 11 December, 1730 

1 51

Adjusted account with Mme. Hannah Pickering, 12 May, 1726 

1 52

Account with Jacob Wendell for carridges for the Town of Boston, 1734-1735 

1 53

Invoices for sales of goods (raisins, pepper, coal, etc.), 28 June, 1737 

1 54

Receipt for money paid by Hannah Hathorne to James Bowdoin I, 29 December, 1737 

1 55

Deed of land in Scituate (Ma.) sold to John Turner, 8 August, 1746 

1 56

Last Will and Testament, 14 September, 1747 

1 57

Document re: estate of James Bowdoin I signed by B[enning] Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, 20 October, 1763 

M15.2.3: Documents & Wills: James Bowdoin II 

Subseries Description:

Consists of land deeds, receipts for financial transactions, as well as items documenting military and political appointments made by James Bowdoin II while governor of Massachusetts. Also included are Bowdoin's 1780 missive to "the different Tribes of Indians under Col. John Allan, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Eastern Department," as well as the arrest warrant for Daniel Shays, Bowdoin's last will & testament, and a holograph poem by Phillis Wheatley on the capture of General Charles Lee.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Box Folder
1 58

Receipt of money from William Cummings, 22 December, 1746 

1 59

Deed for land in Hingham (Ma.) sold to John Thaxter, 19 April, 1750 

Ovsz-Box
5

Deed of Kennebec Proprietors, signed by David Jeffras and George Craddock, granting land in Lincoln County (Me.) to James Bowdoin II, 8 February, 1764 

Box Folder
1 61

Thomas Hutchinson's certification concerning affidavits of Justices' Richard Dana and John Ruddock re: "A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston...," 30 March, 1770 

1 62

Justices' Dana, Hill, Permberton, Ruddock, Noyes, and Tudor's statements concerning affidavits in Bowdoin's copy of "A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston...," 30 March, 1770 

Ovsz-Box
5

Military appointment of Moses Harris as first lieutenant (signed by JBII as member of Council of Massachusetts Bay), 13 June, 1776 

Box Folder
1 64

Deed for land in Bowdoinham sold to James Mustard, 4 February, 1779 

Map-case
C-4

Missive to the Indians, 23 August, 1780 

Box Folder
1 66

Notification to Seth Washburn of being chosen as a Senator for Massachusetts, 11 October, 1780 

1 67

Receipt of money paid by Moses Little, 20 February, 1784 

1 68

Bills of Exchange, 6 May, 1784 

1 69

Lease of land in Wales (Ma.?) to Henry Dearborn, 24 Decmeber, 1784 

1 70

Deed of land and a church pew in Newbury (Ma.) to Josiah Little, 31 January, 1785 

Ovsz-Box
5

Diploma from the University of Edinburgh, 1785 (heliotype) 

Box Folder
1 72

Appointment of John Furnass as Justice of the Peace, 29 April, 1786. (Document attached declaring power of attorney from Samuel Hearsey to father) 

1 73

Declaration of Nathaniel Gorham as president of the Continental Congress, 12 June, 1786 

Ovsz-Box
5

Appointment of Peter Johnson as captain of 9th Co., 4th Reg. of the Militia of Middlesex County (Ma.), 5 October, 1786 

Box Folder
1 75

Proclamation forbidding settlement of unappropriated lands in Massachusetts, 26 October, 1786 

Ovsz-Box
5

Appointment of William Eustis as surgeon to Massachusetts troops, 18 November, 1786 

5

Appointment of Israel Keith as Adjutant and Inspector General of the Militia of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 11 December, 1786 

5

Arrest warrant for Daniel Shays, 19 January, 1787 

Box Folder
1 79

Appointment of Oliver Plimpton as quartermaster of a regiment of cavalry in the 7th Division of Militia in Worcester County (Ma.), 5 April, 1787 

Ovsz-Box
5

Appointment of Daniel Howard as Justice to Keep the Peace in Plymouth County (Ma.), 17 May, 1787 

Box Folder
1 81

Document signed by James Bowdoin II and James Bowdoin III giving power of attorney to Stephen Ayr for holdings on Naushon Island, 20 April, 1790 

1 82

Vote of the non-resident proprietors of the Ohio Company, 30 September, 1790 (photocopy) 

1 83

Fragment of financial document, n.d. 

1 84

Last Will and Testament, 23 March, 1789 (photocopy) 

1 84a

Wheatley, Phillis. ["On the Capture of General Lee"], Boston, Dec. 30, 1776, holograph Ms.S., 4 p. 

M15.2.4: Documents & Wills: James Bowdoin III & Sarah Bowdoin 

Subseries Description:

Consists of documents relating to land and financial transactions, as well as the last will & testament of James Bowdoin III and the original catalogue compiled by John Abbott of materials from the Bowdoin estate bequested to Bowdoin College. Also included are materials relating to the Bowdoin estate dispute of the 1840s.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Box Folder
1 85

Plan of a loan to be paid on excise taxes on imports of goods [ca. 1786] 

1 86

Appointment of power of attorney to James Cramond for use in connection with stocks of the Bank of the United States, 8 August, 1792 

1 87

Quote to James Bowdoin III from a bookseller; found in "Andrew's London Directory, 1792" 

1 88

Receipt for payment for v.3 of Paley's "Works" [Boston, 1811] [ca. 1811] 

Ovsz-Box
5

Deed for land in Lisbon (Me.) given to the President and Trustees of Bowdoin College, 13 July, 1811 

Box Folder
1 90

Mortgage and deed for land in Lisbon (Me.) sold to Sarah Bowdoin by John Gould, 28 June, 1813 

1 91

Sections of Last Will and Testament, [ca. 1811] 

1 92

Last Will and Testament, 4 June, 1811 (attested a true copy by Register of Boston Registry of Probate, 20 May, 1890) 

1 93

Thomas L. Winthrop to President Appleton re: lands of James Bowdoin III, Boston. 19 November, 1811 

1 94

Catalogue compiled by John Abbot of the books, artwork, and scientific instruments bequested to Bowdoin College, December, 1811 (original and photocopy) 

1 95

Record of land transactions of Bowdoin College in Lincoln County, 1823-1824 

1 96

Statement re: sale of Richmond (Me.) lands to James B. Winthrop, 1824 

1 97

Anonymous letter to the "Faculty of Bowdoin College" re: claim of Bowdoin estate, 3 September, 1836 

1 98

Notice of death of James Temple and questions re: will of James Bowdoin III [ca. October, 1842] 

1 99

Letter from Charles Loring to President Woods re: will of James Bowdoin III 

1 100

Vote of Trustees of Bowdoin College re: land claim in Boston, 5 September, 1843 

1 101

Condensation of letters from James Bowdoin III's letterbooks re: his relationship with his nephew, James Temple Bowdoin, and JBIII's will 

1 102-05

Opinions and notes on the disability of aliens, [ca. 1842-1844] 

1 106-07

Opinion and notes on alien rights, [ca. 1842-1844] 

1 108

Notes on the moral aspects of the dispute of the Bowdoin estate, [ca. 1842-1844] 

1 109

Notes on the citizenship of James Temple Bowdoin [ca. 1842-1844] 

1 110

Report of testimony of Richard Sullivan re: dispute of the Bowdoin estate, [ca. 1842-1844] 

1 111

First agreement on Naushon land and Beacon St. property, [ca. 1844] 

1 112

Opinion [unsigned] of Bowdoinham land, November, 1845 

1 112a

Deed for land in Sidney (Me.) received by William Ellis, signed by Sarah Bowdoin, 1813 Aug 28 

M15.2.5: Documents & Wills: Other Family 

Subseries Description:

Consists of documents concerning James Temple Bowdoin and William Bowdoin, Jr., with the bulk of the items concerning the latter's political appointments in Massachusetts.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
1 113

Claim that James Temple Bowdoin never received plate left in the will of Mrs. Dearborn, December, 1809 

Ovsz-Box
5

Appointment of William Bowdoin, Jr., as Justice of the Peace in Hampshire County (Ma.), 10 June, 1824 

5

Reappointment of William Bowdoin, Jr., as Justice of the Peace in Hampshire County (Ma.), 26 May, 1831 

5

Election of William Bowdoin, Jr., as state senator for Hampshire County (Ma.), 3 December, 1840 


M15.3: Sarah Bowdoin Diary, 1806-1808   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Diary of Sarah Bowdoin, wife of James Bowdoin III, which contains almost daily documentation of the couple's life in Paris and London from the autumn of 1806 to the winter of 1808. Included in the diary are Sarah Bowdoin's observations on French customs, as well as her descriptions of the family's leisure activities and dinner parties, which included such guests as the Marquis de LaFayette and General Kosciuszko. Also included are Sarah Bowdoin's impressions of the Emperor Napoleon and the Empress Josephine and her description of the family's stormy, ten-day crossing of the English Channel in the fall of 1807.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

General Note:

Photocopies available for patron use.

Box Folder
1 117-123

Diary, October 1806 - February 1808 


M15.4: Realia   2.0 linear feet

Series Description:

Consists of three-dimensional objects from the James Bowdoin III bequest to Bowdoin College, not including the book or art collection. Contains clothing of James Bowdoin III as well as scientific instruments used by James Bowdoin II.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

[clothing items are located at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art] 

Plum-colored velvet coat, waistcoat, and knee breeches of James Bowdoin III 

Light-weight, plum-colored coat, waistcoat, and knee breeches with second pair of black satin knee breeches of James Bowdoin III 

Box
4

Telescope: 18 3/8" long; engraved on eyepiece "A.S. Mann, Ludgate Street, London, 1749" 

4

Telescope: approximately 52" long with wooden body and metal eyepiece [on permanent loan to the President's Office] 

4

Celestial Globe: "Smith's Celestial Globe containing all the known stars, nebulae, &c. Compiled from the works of Wollaston, Flamsted, Dela Caille, Havelius, Mayer, Bradley, Herschel, Maskelyne, the Transactions of the Astronomical Society of London, &c. &c. London: Sold by C. Smith & Son, 172, Strand." [on permanent loan to the President's Office] 

MRealia-Box
2

Gold plaque from the Bowdoin Tricentennial Committee presented to Bowdoin College, 1986 


M15.5: Biographical Materials, 1806-1987   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Consists of biographical materials on the patriarchs of the Bowdoin family in the United States, including Pierre Baudouin, James Bowdoin I, James Bowdoin II, and James Bowdoin III. Materials include addresses, newspaper clippings, and lists of related materials in other collections both at Bowdoin and other institutions.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by seniority of family member.

Box Folder
1 124

Pierre Baudouin: Address, by Robert C. Winthrop, delivered before the Maine Historical Society, September 5, 1849 (photocopy) 

1 125

Photograph of coverlet brought to America by Pierre Baudouin from France 

1 126

Seal of Pierre Baudouin (photocopy) 

1 127

James Bowdoin I: Clippings 

1 128

List of items in the Massachusetts Archives relating to James Bowdoin I 

1 129

Biographical Sketches of Those Who Attended Harvard College in the Classes 1741-1745; James Bowdoin II, p. 514-550 (photocopy) 

1 130

James Bowdoin II: Clippings 

1 131

James Bowdoin II: Documents and correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society (photocopies) 

1 132

James Bowdoin III: Clippings 

1 133

James Bowdoin III: Mineral collection 


M15.6: Genealogical Materials   0.75 linear feet

Series Description:

Contains addresses, articles, clippings, correspondence and notes on the respective branches of the Bowdoin family. Most prominently represented are the Baudouin, Bowdoin, Temple, and Winthrop lines, with additional materials on other branches of the family.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by family name.

Box Folder
1 134-36

Baudouin (France and United States) 

1 137-39

Bowdens of Virginia 

1 140-42

Bowdoin 

1 143

Re: Bowdoin Coat of Arms 

1 144

Burley (Burleigh) 

1 145

Kingsford 

1 146

Pitts 

1 147

Prentis 

1 148

Sullivan 

2 1-11

Temple 

2 12-13

Temple-Winthrop 

2 14-15

Winthrop-Tappan 


M15.7: William Bowden Genealogical Notes, 1886-1996   0.75 linear feet

Series Description:

Contains addresses, articles, clippings, correspondence and notes compiled by William Bowden on different branches of the Bowdoin family. The materials focus primarily on the Robins family of Maryland and the Bowdoins of Virginia, as well as other Southern factions of the family. Also included are materials on Pierre Baudouin and the French heritage of the Bowdoin family.

Arrangement:

Kept in William Bowden's original order

Box Folder
2 16

Malcolm Macbeth 

2 17-26

"Robins Family Of Eastern Shore, Mary-Land" pp. 1-295 plus index 

2 27

Bowdoin family notes 

2 28

The Baudouin family 

2 29

A Tentative Pedigree of the Littleton Family of Virginia, by Robert Patterson Robins, A.M., M.D., of Philadelphia 

2 30

The Sea Side of the Eastern Shore of Maryland 

2 31

Birthdates of Some of Our West Kindred 

2 32

Some Family Notes From The Virginia Carolorum, by Edward D. Neill 

2 33

Ancestry of Nathaniel Bacon, Sr., Uncle of Abigail Smith, wifre of Col. Lewis Burwell of Fairfield, Gloucester County, Virginia 

2 34

Letter of Col. John West, written in Virginia, Oct. 29, 1655 (electrostatic copy) 

2 35

Copy of letter to "Dear Cousin Lawrence" from A. de B.R., Jan. 23, '43 [?] 

2 36

Littleton-Lyttleton Arms 

2 37

Will of Richard Robyns (the 1st of the Name) of Long Buckby, d. 1584 (copy) 

2 38

Copy and ts of legal document signed by Obedience Robins, 1659 

2 39

Land Records of Worcester County, Mary-Land, 1660-1810 by Ruth T. Dryden 

2 40

Maryland Calendar of Wills, entry for Thomas Robins 

2 41

Ms. notes 

2 42

Worcester County, Maryland Will Book JBR (2), 1803-1807 

2 43

Worcester County, Maryland Will Book MH, 1806-1813 

2 44

Abstracts From the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland 

2 45

The Place names of Maryland, Their Origin and Meaning, by Hamill Kenny, Ph.D. (copy with ms notes) 

2 46

Ms. notes 

2 47-48

Life and Business Career of JBI, by Norris M. Ashe, Jr., June 1960 

2 49

William Bowden-Ann Allen-Ansearchin' News: Memphis-Bible Records 

2 50-51

Gabriel Bernon 

2 52-55

Gabriel Bernon-Oversized electrostatic copy of notary document declaring GB a citizen of England 

3 1

"The Huguenot"/by Donald Douglas 

3 2

James Bowdoin III-Southside Virginia, North Carolina Frontier 

3 3-4

James Bowdoin I-II-III-Massachusetts Bowdoin family 

3 5

Session III-photostat of the last will and testament of Elizabeth Baudouin, widow of Pierre Baudouin 

3 6

Warren County, NC Records, Family Group Records, Maryland Calendar of Wills 

3 7-8

John Bowdoin I-Virginia Eastern Shore 

3 9

John Bowdoin I and Related Families-Northampton County, Eastern Shore, Virginia 

3 10

John Bowdoin I and the Robins Family of Eastern Shore, Maryland 

3 11

Peter Bowdoin II-Virginia Family Line, Northern States Line 

3 12-13

Pierre Baudouin (Peter Bowdoin I) Family 

3 14

Greater Portland Maine History-Pierre Baudouin background 

3 15

Bowden Coats of Arms (England) 

3 16

Pierre Baudouin-Maine article about coins found on Baudouin property 

3 17

Pierre Baudouin-Tracts of land in Maine 

3 18

Peter Bowdoin (Captain)-Surity for Abraham Samuels-Memorandum of Recognizance 

3 19

Funk and Wagnall Dictionary 

3 20

Pierre Baudouin-Letter to Gov. Andros petitioning for 100 acres in Casco Bay Area, Maine 

3 21

Pierre Baudouin-Maine History Background on Indian Wars 

3 22

Pierre Baudouin-Bill of Sale for "John of Dublin"-payment of Customs in Wexford-Declaration of Citizenship 

3 23

Pierre Baudouin-Persons on board the "John of Dublin" bound for New England, 1686-Theory by Daniel Joseph Bowden 

3 24

Potter, Elisha R.-Memoir Concerning the French Settlements and French Settlers in the Colony of Rhode Island 

3 25

"Prince Subscribers"-Stephen Boutineau-William Bowdoin 

3 26

Pierre Baudouin sentence for bringing prisoners to Boston from Canada 

3 27

Pierre Baudouin-New England Historical and Genealogical Record-his signature-Bowdoin genealogy 

3 28

Xerox of ms document 

3 29

Pierre Baudouin-Brief biography-Maine Historical Society 

3 30

Pierre Baudouin-Noyes Biographical Article-Genealogical Dictionary of Maine-New Hampshire 

3 31

Bowdoin Coat of Arms (Mass.)-Bowdoin College (Maine) 

3 32

Elizabeth Fixe Baudouin-Last Will and Testament 

3 33

Baudouin-Baudouyn-Ancient La Rochelle, France-Genealogy in French 

3 34

"Huguenot Pedigrees"/by Charles E. Lart 

3 35

Master 

3 36

Warren County, North Carolina records 

3 37

Virginia Local History-A Bibliography 

3 38

Photocopy of portraits of Edward Robins, Thomas Robins, William Bowdoin Robins, Arthur de Berdt Robins, Arthur de Berdt Robins, Jr. 

3 39

Letter-WB to Ms. V. Nelle Bellamy, July 16, 1985 

3 40

"Historical and Biographical Sketch of the Bowden, Bodine, Beaudoin, (Boden, Bodin, Bowdoin) Family" (clean copy, original for electrostatic copying) 

3 41

Bowdens-Bowdoins-National Cyclopaedia 

3 42

Bowdoin College-1823: A faculty member introduces the blackboard as an educational tool 

3 43

History of Robins Family, table of contents and index 

3 44-54

History of Robins Family, pp. 1-208 

3 55

Letter-Benjamin Franklin to JBII 

3 56

"Washington, Bowdoin, and Franklin As Portrayed in Occasional Addresses" by Robert C. Winthrop 

3 57

Baudouin Coat of Arms 

3 58

JBI-II-III-Temple-Winthrop Papers (Mass. Historical Society) 

3 59

James Bowdoin's letter ordering the building of the Cape Cod Canal 

3 60-62

Robins family 

3 63

Papers relating to the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Bowdoin, d. 1720 


M15.8: Walett Biography of Gov. Bowdoin Material   0.5 linear feet

Series Description:

Contains the incomplete manuscript for Walett's unpublished biography, "James Bowdoin: Massachusetts Patriot and Statesman." Also consists of other writings by Walett, including "The Diary of Ebenezer Parkman, 1703-1782" [Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1974-] and Walett's doctoral dissertation, "James Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Council" [Boston, Boston University, 1948].

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Box Folder
3 64

Notes, ms fragments, ts with corrections 

3 65

Chapter 1 and preface, ms 

3 66

Chapter 2, ms 

3 67

Chapter 3, ms 

3 68

Chapter 4, ms 

3 69

Chapter 5, "A Colonial Revenue", ms 

3 70

Chapter 6, "Purging The Council", ms 

3 71

Chapter 7, ms 

3 72-77

Typed drafts of Chapters 1-9 

3 78-79

Bibliography 

3 80

The Diary of Ebenezer Parkman, by F. Walett 

3 81

Economic History of the United States, by F. Walett 

3 82

Governor Bernard's Undoing: An Earlier Hutchinson Letters Affair, by F. Walett 

3 83

Patriots, Loyalists & Printers, by F. Walett 

3 84

[Photograph of Francis Walett] 

3 85

[Picture of James Bowdoin] 

3 86

[Print of James Bowdoin] 

3 87

Shadrack Ireland and the "Immortals" of Colonial New England, by F. Walett 

3 88

Vita, etc. 

3 89-90

Dissertation: James Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Council, by F. Walett 


M15.9: Images   0.5 linear feet

Series Description:

Most of the images in this series are plates from Colonial & Federal Portraits at Bowdoin College [by] Marvin S. Sadik and published by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in 1966. The plates are of paintings done in the 1700's and very early 1800's by such artists as Robert Feke and Gilbert Stuart.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Bowdoin, James - framed silhouette of "Hon. James Bowdoin, Esq. L.L.D., F.R.S.," n.d. 

Box Folder
8 1

Bowdoin, James I 

8 2

Bowdoin, James II 

8 3

Bowdoin, James III 

8 4

Bowdoin, Mrs. James II (Elizabeth Erving) 

Ovsz-Box
5

Bowdoin, Mrs. James II (Elizabeth Erving) - photographic reproduction of work by Robert Feke, 1748 

Bowdoin, Mrs. James III (Sarah Bowdoin) 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (5)   8
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   8 5

Box Folder
8 6

Bowdoin, Mrs. William (Phebe Murdock) 

8 7

Bowdoin, William