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Weston P. Chamberlain papers (M028)

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Title:
Weston P. Chamberlain papers
Creator:
Chamberlain, Weston P.
ID:
M028
Date [inclusive]:
1889-1933
Extent:
1.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Memorabilia of Colonel Weston P. Chamberlain, including diaries, journals, and correspondence from 1889-1912, and Bowdoin College materials.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Weston P. Chamberlain Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Weston Percival Chamberlain was a surgeon in the United States Army Medical Corps (1898-1935). He was known as an authority on tropical medicine, particularly the treatment of beri-beri.

Chamberlain, son of Joseph Austin Chamberlain and Sarah Maria Weston Chamberlain, was born in Bristol, Maine on June 4, 1871. He prepared at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle (1888-89) before entering Bowdoin College (Class of 1893). He went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School (Class of 1897), London School of Tropical Medicine (1912), and the Army War College (1922-23).

Chamberlain served in the Spanish American War (1898), including the Phillipine Insurrection (1899-1901), and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his services in World War I. He was with the medical corps in the Phillipine Islands (1899-1901; 1904-06; 1910-12), Jackson Barracks, Louisiana (1906-10), Washington D. C. (1917-24; 1929-34), and was chief health officer in Balboa Heights, Panama Canal Zone (1924-29).

Chamberlain was married in Boston, Massachusetts on September 10, 1903, to Eleanor Adele Stanton Bush, daughter of Major James Clark Bush, U. S. Army, and grand-daughter of Edwin McMasters Stanton, secretary of war in President Lincoln's cabinet. They had a daughter, Eleanor Maria, who married Earl Kendall Van Swearingen, a naval captain in Washington D. C. Chamberlain died June 7, 1948 in Palo Alto, California, where he had lived for twelve years in retirement.

Memorabilia of Colonel Weston P. Chamberlain, including Bowdoin College material such as daily journals and Bowdoin diploma. Includes 17 diaries, journals, and correspondence from 1889-1912, 24 medical periodical off-prints by Chamberlain from 1910-1933, 18 diplomas and certificates, and 14 images of Chamberlain. Also contains personal items such as campaign badges, medals, medical instruments and a silver inkwell.

Series Description:

Diaries and journals from 1889-1912, including daily journal entries from his time at Bowdoin (1889-1893) and yearly diaries from 1897-1912. Also includes correspondance by WPC to Mrs. J.A. Chamberlain ("Mother") from 1900.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1889 Sep - 1890 Jul: journal

Box 1 Folder 1

1890 Jul - 1892 Jun: journal

Box 1 Folder 2

1892 Jun - 1895 Dec: journal

Box 1 Folder 3

1897: diary

Box 1 Folder 4

1898: diary

Box 1 Folder 4

1899: diary

Box 1 Folder 4

1900: diary

Box 1 Folder 5

1903: diary

Box 1 Folder 5

1904: diary

Box 1 Folder 5

1905: journal

Box 1 Folder 6

1906: diary

Box 1 Folder 6

1907: diary

Box 1 Folder 7

1908: diary

Box 1 Folder 7

1909: diary

Box 1 Folder 8

1910: diary

Box 1 Folder 8

1912: diary

Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence: WPC to "Mother" (Mrs. J.A. Chamberlain). Nagasaki, Japan, 11 December 1900.

Box 1 Folder 9

Series Description:

Diplomas from highschool, colleges and universities attended, including Bowdoin College Diploma and military medical commissions and appointments signed by William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Diploma from Lincoln Academy (high school)

Ovsz-Box A1

1893 Bowdoin diploma

Ovsz-Box A1

1894 Royal Arch Degree in E.B. French Chapter, State of Maine

Ovsz-Box A1

1895 Certificate of Degree as master mason, Lodge 74, Bristol Maine

Box A1 Folio

1897 M.D. diploma from Harvard

Ovsz-Box A1

1898 Commission as 1st lieutenant, signed by William McKinley

Ovsz-Box A1

1898 Appointment as assistant surgeon, signed by William McKinley

Ovsz-Box A1

1898 Appointment as assistant surgeon, signed by William McKinley [with letters of transmittal]

Box 1 Folder 10

1901 Membership certificate in Association of Military Surgeons

Box 1 Folder 11

1908 Commission as captain, signed by Theodore Roosevelt

Ovsz-Box A1

1908 Commission as major in Med. Corps. signed by Theodore Roosevelt

Ovsz-Box A1

1908 Certificate of attendance New Orleans Polyclinic

Ovsz-Box A1

1912 Certificate from London School of Tropical Medicine

Box 1 Folder 12

1912 Certificate from London School of Tropical Medicine

Ovsz-Box A1

1917 Appt. as colonel in Medical Corp. signed by Newton D. Baker, Sec. of War

Ovsz-Box A1

1918 Certificate from American College of Surgeons

Box 1 Folder 13

1923 Diploma from War College

Box 1 Folder 14

1946 Honorary membership for life from Bristol Lodge of Masons no.74

Box 1 Folder 15

Series Description:

Medical periodical off-prints by Weston P. Chamberlain, the bulk of which date from 1910 to 1914 and concern tropical medicine and diseases, specifically in the Phillipines. Also includes two periodicals from 1930 and 1933 concerning the Panama Canal.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Character of the Rice Which Prevents Beri-Beri and the Manner in Which it is Milled," WPC, 1913 Aug

Box 1 Folder 16

"Contributions of the Medical Department of the United States Army to the Advancement of Knowledge," Major William Gerry Morgan, 1930 Jun

Box 1 Folder 17

"Contribution to the Etiology of Beriberi, A," WPC and Edward B. Vedder, 1911Jun

Box 1 Folder 18

"Critical Analysis of Operations of Third, Fourth and Fifth Armies and British Army from About August 15 to September 15, 1914," WPC, 1922-23 [2]

Box 1 Folder 19

"Cure of Infantile Beriberi by the Administration to the Infant of an Extract of Rice Polishings, and the Bearing Thereof on the Etiology of Beriberi, The," WPC and Edward B. Vedder, 1912 Feb [2]

Box 1 Folder 20

"Diptheria in the Philippines," WPC, 1910 Jul

Box 1 Folder 21

"Effect of Ultra-Violet Rays on Amoebae, and the Use of These Radiations in the Sterilization of Water, The," WPC and Edward B. Vedde,1911 Nov [2]

Box 1 Folder 22

"Etiology of Oriental Beriberi," WPC, 1914 Feb 14

Box 1 Folder 23

"Examinations of Stools and Blood Among the Igorots at Baguio, Philippine Islands," WPC, H.D. Bloomberg, and E.D. Kilbournem, 1910 Nov

Box 1 Folder 24

"Health Department of the Panama Canal, The," WPC, 1930 Oct 2

Box 1 Folder 25

"Medical Activities of the Panama Canal, The," WPC, 1930 Feb [2]

Box 1 Folder 26

"Medical Corps of the Army and Scientific Medicine," Merritte W. Ireland, undated

Box 1 Folder 27

"Observations on the Influence of the Philippine Climate on White Men of the Blond and Brunette Type, " WPC, 1911 Dec

Box 1 Folder 28

"Occurrence in the Philippines of Associated Spirochaetae and Fusiform Bacilli in Ulcers of the Throat (Vincent's Angina), of the Mouth, and of the Skin, and in Lesions of Lungs (Bronchial Spirochaetosis), The," WPC, 1911 Dec

Box 1 Folder 29

"Prevalence and Importance of Uncinariasis Among Apparently Healthy Southern-Bred White Men in the United States Army, The," WPC, 1909, Apr 10

Box 1 Folder 30

"Red Blood Corpuscles and the Haemoglobin of Healthy Adult American Males Residing in the Philippines, The," WPC, 1911 Dec

Box 1 Folder 31

"Second Contribution to the Etiology of Beriberi," WPC and Edward B. Vedder, 1911 Nov

Box 1 Folder 32

"So-Called X-Bodies as Artefacts in Class Slides, The," WPC and Edward B. Vedder, 1911 Nov

Box 1 Folder 33

"Some Features of the Physiologic Activity of Americans in the Philippines," WPC, 1913 Jul [2]

Box 1 Folder 34

"Statistical Study of Uncinariases Among White Men in the Philippines," WPC, 1910 Aug

Box 1 Folder 35

"Study of Arneth's Nuclear Classification of the Neutrophiles in Healthy Adult Males and the Influence Thereon of Race, Complexion, and Tropical Residence, The," WPC and Edward B. Vedder, 1911 Nov

Box 1 Folder 36

"Study of the Influence of Rice Diet and of Inanition on the Production of Multiple Neuritis of Fowls and the Bearing Thereof on the Etiology on Beriberi, A," WPC, Horace D. Bloombergh, and Edwin D. Kilbourne, 1911 Jun

Box 1 Folder 37

"Third Contribution to the Etiology of Beriberi, A," WPC and Edward B. Vedder, 1912 Feb

Box 1 Folder 38

"Typhoid Fever in the Philippine Islands," WPC, 1911 Oct

Box 1 Folder 39

Series Description:

Images of Chamberlain throughout his life including childhood images, images from around the time of highschool graduation and college graduation, and images of Chamberlain in uniform from 1899 and 1920. Also includes negatives and a shilhouette as well as multiple copies of most images.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged Chronologically.

Circa 1894

Box 1 Folder 42

Pre-1889

Box 1 Folder 40

Circa 1899

Box 1 Folder 43

Circa 1899 in uniform

Box 1 Folder 44

Circa 1899 in uniform with horse

Box 1 Folder 45

1910 with daughter, Eleanor Maria

Box 1 Folder 46

Circa 1920

Box 1 Folder 47

Circa 1930

Box A1 Folio

Engraving [by James T. White & Company, for the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1950].

Box A1 Folio

Silhouette

Box 1 Folder 48

Negatives

Box 1 Folder 49

1889

Box 1 Folder 41

Series Description:

Personal miscellanous items including campaign badges, Mason Grand Lodge of Maine Veteran's medal and Distinguished Service Medal, box with medical instruments and a silver inkwell.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Silver inkwell

Box 1

Leather case containing medical intstruments

Box 1

2 medals

Box 1

Campaign badge: For Service on the Mexican Border

Box 1

Campaign badge: War With Spain, 1898

Box 1

Campaign badge: The Great War For Civilization

Box 1

Campaign badge: Philippine Insurrection 1899

Box 1
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