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Manton Copeland Papers, 1882-1961, n.d. (bulk 1913-1948)

 8.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M39

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
Manton Copeland was born on July 24, 1881, in Taunton, Massachusetts. A member of the Class of 1904 at Harvard, from which he also received master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, Copeland joined the Bowdoin faculty in the fall of 1908 as instructor in biology. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1909, professor of biology in 1910, and Josiah Little Professor of Natural Science in 1936, a position he held until his retirement in 1947. He taught courses in botany, vertebrate ecology and behavior, organic evolution, zoology, and special laboratory and field investigations. He also taught embryology and histology at the Medical School of Maine at Bowdoin from 1912 until it closed in 1921. In 1960 former students and friends established the Manton Copeland Scholarship Fund at Bowdoin, and in 1966 he was the recipient of the Bowdoin Alumni Council's Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff.

Manton Copeland died on May 22, 1971, in Brunswick, Maine, survived by his three sons, Preston, Frederick, Manton, Jr., and his daughter, Elizabeth. His wife, the former Ruth Winsor Ripley of Taunton, Massachusetts, whom he married on December 20, 1910, died on January 17, 1965.

Scope and Content:
Personal and business correspondence, the bulk to Manton Copeland, as well as class notes, reports, lecture materials, drawings, and Bowdoin College faculty and Biology Club materials. Also included are gardening notes, miscellaneous World War I and II publications, a journal, and other personal materials.

Cite as: Manton Copeland Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Access Restrictions: Some material restricted.

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