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Guide to the Cleaveland House Collection, 1805-1993, undated

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Title:
Cleaveland House collection
Creator:
Shipman, William D.
ID:
m274
Date [inclusive]:
1805-1993, undated
Extent:
0.25 Linear Feet
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains material compiled by William D. Shipman regarding the history of Cleaveland House, 75 Federal St. Brunswick, Maine.
Access Restrictions:

No Restrictions.

Preferred Citations:

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

Cleaveland House, 75 Federal St., was built for Parker Cleaveland in 1806 by Samuel Melcher, III. At Cleaveland's request, the College purchased the house in 1813, providing a College-owned house for Professor Cleaveland and his family. After Cleaveland's death in 1858, his daughter, Martha Bush Cleaveland, and her husband, Peleg Chandler, bought the house from the College. The house was in the Chandler family from 1861 until 1951, when it was auctioned and converted into apartments. Professor and Mrs. William D. Shipman took possession of the house in 1960, and retained possession until the house was purchased by the College in 1991.

The collection contains material compiled by William D. Shipman regarding the history of Cleaveland House including a 1993 typescript "Notes on the History of the Parker Cleaveland House, 75 Federal St. Brunswick" by Shipman, with photocopies of supporting documents, as well as architectural sketches, miscellaneous correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Other materials about the house (bulk 1959-1991) include mortgage information and rules for tenants. There are also images and newspaper clippings removed from a Cleaveland House scrapbook kept by Shipman. Scrapbook images date from ca. 1860, with the bulk being from 1951-1970. Most are of the house interior, exterior, and grounds, and do not include occupants or guests. Among the exceptions is a ca. 1902 image of Oliver Otis Howard, Thomas Brackett Reed, Melville Weston Fuller, and William De Witt Hyde in front of Cleaveland House. Additional material about Cleaveland House can be found in Bowdoin College Archives record series 1.13 College Buildings.

Chandler party on the Cleaveland House porch ca. 1900, image and printed material

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Histories of Cleaveland House written by Shipman in 1971 and 1993 with photocopies of supporting documents, 1805-1951 (part 1)

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Histories of Cleaveland House written by Shipman in 1971 and 1993 with photocopies of supporting documents, 1805-1951 (part 2)

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House papers - business correspondence, 1959-1986, undated

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Images, mainly architectural sketches, 1960, undated

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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1961, 1967, 1978

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Newspaper clippings (photocopies), 1951, 1985, undated

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - small, pages 2-23

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - small, pages 33-48

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - small, pages 49-64

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - small, pages 65-80

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - small, pages 81-96

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - small, pages 97-110

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - medium

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - large, pages 10-29

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - large, pages 30-121

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - large, pages 122-128

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: images - large, pages 130-132

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: image - left to right: Oliver Otis Howard, Thomas Brackett Reed, Melville Weston Fuller and William De Witt Hyde in front of Cleaveland House, ca. 1902

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William Shipman Cleaveland House scrapbook: newspaper clippings, 1926-1962

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