Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Gould, John, 1908-2003
Title
John Gould collection
ID
M075
Date [inclusive]
1932-2004, undated
Extent
1.3 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence, typescripts, original manuscripts, and notes, as well as clippings and other material related to Gould's writings; also includes recordings and biographical materials.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

John Thomas Gould (Bowdoin 1931), a Boston native, was born in 1908. He wrote stories, essays, and humorous novels, most of which describe the daily routines of life in New England. The author of the column "Dispatch from the Farm," in the Christian Science Monitor (1942- ), he also wrote Pre-Natal Care for Fathers (1941), The House that Jacob Built (1947), The Fastest Hound Dog in the State of Maine (1953) and Maine Lingo (1975). He was a journalist for the Boston Sunday Post (1924-1954), publisher and co-owner of Lisbon Enterprise (1945-1951), president of the New England Veteran Journalists Association (1961-1962) and commentator for Public Radio.

Gould married Dorothy Florence Wells in 1932. They had a son, John Thomas Jr. (Bowdoin 1960), and a daughter, Kathryn MacLeod Gould Christy. John Gould died on September 1, 2003.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, typescripts, original manuscripts, and notes, as well as clippings and other material related to Gould's writings. Also included are audio recordings, and biographical and genealogical material.


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

Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Gould presented the College nearly 150 volumes, including all editions of his works; those edited or with a preface or introduction by him; anthologies containing pieces by him; and books about him. These works are cataloged separately as part of the rare book holdings of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.


Collection Inventory

 M075.1 Correspondence, 1956, 1967-1999, n.d. 

Serie Description:

This series is divided into two subseries: Chronological Correspondence and Correspondence Laid in Books. The correspondence arranged chronologically contains letters to and from Gould, and letters about Gould. Many of the letters concern his writings, but others are exchanges between friends. Correspondence Laid in Books consists of letters that were laid in books given to the Library by Gould, which were subsequently removed from the books and put in folders. This subseries is arranged in call number order of the book from which the item was removed. There is an alphabetical cross reference by correspondent.

 M075.1.1 Chronological Correspondence, 1956, 1967-1999, n.d. 

Box Folder
1 1

1956, 1967, miscellaneous envelopes 

1 2

1970-1999, n.d. 

1 3

1978-1996, typescript letters from Gould to the Griffiths 

 M075.1.2 Correspondence Laid in Books 

Box Folder
2 1

Alphabetical list of correspondents 

2 2-81

CZ: G697 B21.5 - CZ: G697.4 H84 


 M075.2 Writings and Related Materials, 1944-2002, n.d. 

Series Description:

Contains typescripts and original manuscripts from a number of Gould's works, as well as dust jackets, cover proofs, clippings from Gould's newspaper column "Bygone Brunswick," and other clippings. Also contains negatives of pictures in New England Town Meeting: Safeguard of Democracy, and an index card file with notes about published stories.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 4

"Black Man Has a White Christmas," typescript, 2001 

1 5-8

"Bygone Brunswick" column in the Times Record, clippings, 1992-1993 

1 9

Clippings-miscellaneous, 1944-2002, n.d. 

Volume-folio
1

Farmer Takes a Wife, original manuscript 

2

House that Jacob Built, original manuscript 

Box Folder
1 10

"Introduction to "L.L. Bean, Inc.," the L.L. Bean 75th anniversary publication, two typescripts, [1986] 

Volume
3

L.L. Bean 75th anniversary publication, scrapbook 

Box Folder
1 11

"Maine Cellars," Holiday, magazine article, 1947 Aug 

1 12

Tribute to Mrs. Edith Sills, Bowdoin Club of Boston, typescript, 1960 Apr 28 

1 13

Fastest Hound Dog in the State of Maine, cover proofs 

Box
1

Negatives of pictures in New England Town Meeting: Safeguard of Democracy 

1

Notes about Gould's published stories typed on index cards, in alphabetical order by title 

Box Folder
1 14

Pre-Natal Care for Fathers, dust jacket 

1

This Trifling Distinction, printer's proof of dust jacket, 1978 


 M075.3 Biographical Materials, 1932-2004, n.d. 

Series Description:

Contains Bowdoin Class of 1931 reunion journals, clippings, genealogical material, notes, and miscellaneous printed material.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 16

Bowdoin Class of 1931 reunion journals, 1936-1966 

1 17

Clippings, 1932-2004, n.d. 

1 18

Genealogical material 

1 19

Notes on Gould family history and literary essays by Charles Gould Roundy, 1996-2003 

1 20

Photograph of John Gould, seated in front of WLAM microphone, pipe in hand, n.d. 

1 21

Printed materials, 1962-2002, n.d. 


 M075.4 Recordings, 1963-1988, n.d. 

Series Description:

Contains recordings of Gould's writings, most for the Christian Science Monitor radio program, "MonitoRadio." Formats include audio cassette, reel-to-reel, and phonograph recordings.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Box
1

Christian Science Monitor, "MonitoRadio," 20 audio cassettes, 1985-1988 

1

Fastest Hound Dog in the State of Maine, audio cassette, 1988 

Mss. LP 1

Fastest Hound Dog in the State of Maine, LP disc, 1974 

Mss. LP 1

Newt Hinckley Visits with John Gould at Friendship Back River, LP disc 

Mss. CD 1

Newt Hinckley Visits with John Gould at Friendship Back River, CD copy from LP audio recording (2 CDs - side 1 and side 2) 

1

Shag Bag, reel to reel 

1

To Tell the Truth, reel to reel, 1963