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Joseph McKeen Collection M117

Title:
Joseph McKeen collection
Creator:
McKeen, Joseph, 1757-1807
ID:
M117
Date [inclusive]:
1781-1966, undated
Extent:
0.75 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection consists of correspondence between Joseph McKeen (1757-1807), his family members, and others, as well as sermons, lectures, speeches, and biographical notes and clippings concerning individual family members.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

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

Joseph McKeen, the first president of Bowdoin College, served from 1802 until his death in 1807. He was born in 1757 in Londonderry, New Hampshire, the town his father and grandfather had helped to settle. McKeen, who received his A.B., A.M. and D.D. from Dartmouth in 1774, 1777, and 1804 respectively, taught school in Londonderry for eight years, had a short period of voluntary service in the Revolutionary War, and studied mathematics and astronomy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. McKeen spent a few terms assisting Dr. Pearson at Phillips (Andover) Academy before he moved to Beverly, Massachusetts, to preach from 1785 to 1802.

McKeen viewed Bowdoin College as a classical seminary that produced virtuous and pious Republicans. He presented the first six graduates of Bowdoin College with their Bachelor's degrees before dying in office.

McKeen married Alice Anderson in 1785; they had three sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Joseph (1787-1865), was an Overseer at Bowdoin(1813-29) and Secretary of the Board (1816-23). He was also Treasurer of the College and a Trustee (both 1829-65).

McKeen's second son, John (1789-1861), received his A.B. and A.M. from Bowdoin in 1811 and 1814 respectively. He served as an Overseer of the College (1839-61) and Secretary of the Board (1841-61). He married Frances, daughter of Richard Toppan of Brunswick, in 1821. The couple had one daughter.

McKeen's youngest son, James (1797-1873), received an A.B. and a A.M. from the College in 1817 and 1820 respectively. He succeeded one of his teachers as pracitioner in Topsham. James was Professor of Obstetrics in the Medical School from 1829 to 1839 and served as a lecturer on the Theory and Practice of Physics from 1837-39. He was also an Overseer from 1841-73. James had one child with his first wife, Sarah Farley of Waldoboro, and had no children with his second wife, Octavia Frost of Topsham.

Nancy, the eldest daughter of Joseph McKeen, married David Dunlap, a wealthy and well-known merchant in Brunswick.

The younger daughter, Alice married William J. Farley (Bowdoin 1820), but died in 1827.

The collection consists of correspondence between Joseph McKeen (1757-1807), his family members, and others, as well as sermons, lectures, speeches, and biographical notes and clippings concerning individual family members. Also included in the collection are various photographs, lithographs, engravings, and silhouettes of Joseph McKeen.

Sermons in this collection are supplemented by the Samuel Eaton and Joseph McKeen Sermons (M53). For related Joseph McKeen material, see the Joseph McKeen Administrative Records.

Series Description:

Contains letters, sermons, clippings, and other biographical information relating to Joseph McKeen (1757-1807). The bulk of the correspondence is to or from McKeen, with the notable correspondents including Benjamin Vaughan and Elijah Kellogg. Also within the series are biographical notes and clippings concerning McKeen, several volumes of his sermons, and an account of the induction of President Willard at Harvard in 1781.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by material type.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Rufus Anderson to Joseph McKeen, Hanover (NH). 6 August, 1791 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 1

Levi McKeen to Joseph McKeen, Peterborough (NH). 6 August, 1791 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 2

Rufus Anderson to Joseph McKeen, Bradford (NH). 8 November, 1791 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 3

Rufus Anderson to Joseph McKeen, Exeter (NH). 15 May, 1792 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 4

Simon Williams to Joseph McKeen, Windham (NH). 30 September, 1793 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 5

Alex Macwhorter to Joseph McKeen, [n.p.]. 8 November, 1799 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 6

Joseph McKeen to Jedidiah Morse, Beverly (MA). 23 December, 1800 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 7

Elijah Kellogg to Joseph McKeen, Portland (ME). 18 June, 1801 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 8

Elijah Kellogg to Joseph McKeen, Portland (ME). 18 July, 1801 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 9

Elijah Kellogg to Joseph McKeen, Portland (ME). 24 July, 1801 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 10

M. Newman to Joseph McKeen, [Andover, MA?]. 18 August, 1801 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 11

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Beverly (MA). 24 August, 1801 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 12

Joseph McKeen to Alice McKeen, Portland (ME). September, 1801 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 13

Alfred Johnson to Joseph McKeen, Freeport (ME). 5 November, 1801 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 14

Joseph McKeen to John Abbot, Beverly (MA). 30 December, 1801 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 15

Levi McKeen to Joseph McKeen, Poughkeepsie (NY). 8 January, 1802 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 16

John Abbot to Joseph McKeen, Portland (ME). 10 April, 1802 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 17

Joseph McKeen to the Trustees & Overseers of Bowdoin College, Beverly (MA). 20 April, 1802 [4p.]

Box 1 Folder 18

Joseph McKeen to Elijah Kellogg, Beverly (MA). 10 May, 1802 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 19

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Beverly (MA). 11 May, 1802 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 20

John Prince to Joseph McKeen, Salem (MA). 12 June, 1803 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 21

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Brunswick (ME). 28 September, 1804 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 22

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Brunswick (ME). 7 October, 1804 [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 23

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Brunswick (ME). 13 October, 1804 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 24

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen, Jr,. Brunswick (ME). 20 October, 1804 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 25

William Vaughan to Joseph McKeen, London (England). 30 July, 1805 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 26

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Haverhill (NH). 31 May, 1806 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 27

Benjamin Vaughan to Joseph McKeen, Hallowell (ME). 12 August, 1806 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 28

Benjamin Vaughan to Joseph McKeen, Hallowell (ME). 19 August, 1806 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 29

Joseph McKeen to Alice McKeen, Beverly (MA). 22 October, 1806 [3p.]

Box 1 Folder 30

Robert Rantoul to Nehemiah Cleavland, Beverly (MA). 26 March, 1856 [4p.]

Box 1 Folder 31

Fanny A. McKeen to Nehemiah Cleaveland, Brunswick (ME). 2 February, 1857 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 32

Fanny A. McKeen to Nehemiah Cleaveland, Brunswick (ME). 9 April, 1857 [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 33

Joseph McKeen to Joseph McKeen Jr., Brunswick (ME). 20 September, [n.y.] [1p.]

Box 1 Folder 34

Joseph McKeen to the Trustees & Overseers of Bowdoin College, Brunswick (ME). [n.d.] [4p.]

Box 1 Folder 35

Joseph McKeen to E. Pearson, [n.p.], [n.d.] [2p.]

Box 1 Folder 36

Account of Induction of President Willard & Professor Tappan at Harvard 19 December, 1781

Box 1 Folder 37

Biographical Notes by A.S. Packard and N. Cleaveland

Box 1 Folder 38

Biographical Clippings, 1913-1966

Box 1 Folder 39

25 May, 1783 - 20 July, 1806.(2)

Box 1 Folder 40

13 December, 1783 - 6 July, 1806.(3)

Box 1 Folder 41

19 June, 1785 - 11 May, 1806.(1)

Box 1 Folder 42

Series Description:

Contains letters and other biographical information about Joseph McKeen's family. Consists mostly of the correspondence of John McKeen (1789-1861) and James McKeen (1844-1911). Also included are lectures by John McKeen, the College theme of 1853 by Joseph McKeen (1832-1881), and materials ofother family members.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by birthdate of family

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Joseph McKeen (1787-1865): Biographical Clippings, 1865-1992

Box 1 Folder 43

John McKeen (1789-1861): Biographical Clippings, 1859-1914

Box 1 Folder 44

Lectures (Typescript), 1845-1846

Box 1 Folder 45

Correspondance, 1811-1861

Box 1 Folder 46

James McKeen (1797-1873): Biographical Clippings, 1873-1962

Box 1 Folder 47

John Orr McKeen (1823-?): Biographical Inquiry (1947)

Box 1 Folder 48

Joseph McKeen (1832-1881): Biographical Clippings, 1906

Box 1 Folder 49

Examination, 1853

Box 1 Folder 50

James McKeen (1844-1911): Biographical Clippings, 1891-1914

Box 1 Folder 51

Bowdoin Centennial Banquet

Box 1 Folder 52

Correspondance, 1881-1910

Box 1 Folder 53

Joseph McKeen: Biographical Clippings, 1909-1911

Box 1 Folder 54

Alice McKeen sampler

Ovsz-Box C

Series Description:

Images of Joseph McKeen (1757-1807), most of which are reproductions of the J.H. Bufford lithograph and the H.W. Smith engraving. Also includes serveral photographic reproductions and original silhouettes.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

7 pieces: 7 reproductions of J.H. Bufford lithograph

Box 2 Folder 1

3 pieces: 3 cabinet cards of J.H. Bufford lithograph

Box 2 Folder 2

2 pieces: 2 photographs of J.H. Bufford lithograph

Box 2 Folder 3

5 pieces: 5 reproductions of H.W. Smith engraving

Box 2 Folder 4

4 pieces: 4 photographs of H.W. Smith engraving

Box 2 Folder 5

1 piece: 1 newsprint reproduction of H.W. Smith engraving

Box 2 Folder 6

1 piece: 1 silhouette, negative cut, by itinerant silhouettist William King

Box 2 Folder 7

2 pieces: 2 silhouettes

Box 2 Folder 8

3 pieces: 3 photographs of 3 silhouettes

Box 2 Folder 9
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