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Henry Mellen Prentiss papers (M152)

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Title:
Henry Mellen Prentiss papers
Creator:
Prentiss, Henry Mellen
ID:
M152
Date [inclusive]:
1826-1905
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 contains the manuscript and galleys of "The Great Polar Current," 1897 by Henry Mellen Prentiss, as well as his notes and clippings about Artic exploration.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Henry Mellen Prentiss Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Henry Mellen Prentiss was born July 20, 1840 in Bangor, Maine. He graduated Harvard University in 1864. On the completion of his studies he became the manafer of his father's extensive estate, directing operations on the vast tracts of timber land owned by his father in Maine and Pennsylvania. Prentiss became an important figure in the American interests and a recognized authority on everything relating to Arctic exploration. Henry Mellen wrote extensively on science, with an interest in Arctic exploration. His stories appeared in the Westminster Review, Nineteenth Century magazine, and the New York Herald. His book "The Great Polar Current" won critical acclaim. Prentiss was twice married. His first wife was Julia Dwinel by whom he had two children - Henry and Elsie. He was married for the second time in 1901 to Mrs. Marion Howard Smith. Shortly after his second marriage he moved from Bangor to Wiscasset and held a winter residence in New York City. It was there that passed away March 4, 1906.

The collection contains the manuscript and galleys of "The Great Polar Current," 1897 by Henry Mellen Prentiss, as well as his notes and clippings about Artic exploration. "The Great Polar Current" includes a chapter on Peary's exploration of the Artic. Also, correspondence from 1826-1905 of Henry Mellen Prentiss to various individuals and correspondence of his father. Included in this collection are some miscellaneous papers and notes of Henry M. Prentiss.

Series Description:

The correspondence of Henry Mellen Prentiss consists primarily of Letters to Associates, Senators, Admirals and book publishers. The majority of his letters deal with his attempts to have his book published with letters to publishers as well as personal friends to get their feedback on his work. Later on, his letters are written to Senators from Maine and Admirals of the United States Navy in an attempt to have his research recognized by somebody and used for the common good. Very few of his letters have a personal tone and fewer still are written to family. There is a an incomplete chronological list of the correspondence at the beginning of the box.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1826-1829, Correspondence of Henry E. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 1

1830-1831, Correspondence of Henry E. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 2

1832-1833, Correspondence of Henry E. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 3

1834, Correspondence of Henry E. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 4

1835-1836, Correspondence of Henry E. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 5

1859-1889, Correspondence of Henry E. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 6

1890-1896, Correspondence of Henry M. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 7

1897-1905, Correspondence of Henry M. Prentiss

Box 1 Folder 8

Series Description:

The unpublished manuscript, typescript, and galley of "The Great Polar Current" of 1897. It has some annotations in the manuscript and does include a chapter on Peary's artic expedition. It also includes the appendices, miscellaneous material and notes on the work. Also includes an annotated copy of "The Westminster."

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically, then by chapter.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

"Federation and Free Trade," The Westminster Review, 1891

Box 1 Folder 9

"Federation and Free Trade," notes

Box 1 Folder 10

"The Great Polar Current" Introduction

Box 1 Folder 11

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 1: " The Jeannette Search: Letter to Clements Markham, 1881"

Box 1 Folder 12

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 2: The Jeannette: Letter to NY Herald"

Box 1 Folder 13

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 3: "Results of The Jeannette Expedition"

Box 1 Folder 14

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 4: "The North Pole and the South Pole"

Box 1 Folder 15

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 5: "The North Polar Basin"

Box 1 Folder 16

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 6: "Nansen's 'Fartherst North'"

Box 1 Folder 17

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 7: "Peary's New Plan for Reaching the Pole"

Box 1 Folder 18

"The Great Polar Current" Chapter 8: "The Antartic"

Box 1 Folder 19

"The Great Polar Current" Appendix 1: "Letters from Clements Markham"

Box 1 Folder 20

"The Great Polar Current" Appendix 2: "Letter from NY Herald"

Box 1 Folder 21

"The Great Polar Current" Appendix 3: "The East Greenland Musk-Ox"

Box 1 Folder 22

"The Great Polar Current" Appendix 4: "Artic Doldreams" (unpublished)

Box 1 Folder 23

"The Great Polar Current" page proofs for Riverside Press edition 1897

Box 1 Folder 24

"The Great Polar Current" page proofs for Frederick A Stokes Co. edition 1898

Box 1 Folder 25

"The Great Polar Current" notes

Box 1 Folder 26

"The Great Polar Current" miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 27

Series Description:

This series contains various clippings, notes, maps, ephemera etc. related to Henry M. Prentiss. Included are notes on various science related matters including Mt. Katahdin. There are various maps and charts as well as pictures of individuals. There is Harvard University material regarding themes as well as Henry M. Prentiss' financial records while he attended Harvard from 1860-1864. There is a newspaper clipping about Robert Peary and various printed and handwritten documents belonging to Henry M. Prentiss.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Artic clippings and ectracts, 1894-1900

Box 2 Folder 1

Documents printed and dandwritten including Harvard admission and matriculation certificates and subctitute certificate for the Civil War

Box 2 Folder 2

Ephemora

Box 2 Folder 3

Harvard University financial records of Henry M. Prentiss, 1860-1864

Box 2 Folder 4

Harvard University notes on themes "A Marine Scientist: Robert E. Peary"

Box 2 Folder 6

Miscellaneous material

Box 2 Folder 7

Notes on Mt. Katahdin

Box 2 Folder 8

Notes on Natural Science

Box 2 Folder 9

Photographs including Thurlow Weed

Box 2 Folder 10

Remarks of Mr. Grant at the Wiscasset Fire Society Meeting concerning H. M. Prentiss

Box 2 Folder 11

Various maps and charts

Box 2 Folder 12
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