Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
MacMillan-"Thebaud" Collection
ID
M120
Date
1937
Extent
1.25 linear feet
Language

Preferred Citation

MacMillan-"Thebaud" collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

In 1937, Donald Baxter MacMillan commanded a 72-day Arctic expedition aboard the "Gertrude L. Thebaud," travelling to Labrador, Frobisher Bay, and Baffin Land. The crew was made up of college students and professors from Bowdoin, New York University, Kirksville College, and other institutions; one high school student; the ship's captain, John T. Crowell; and a few seasoned sailors.

Dedicated to research and collection, the expedition returned with extensive samples of Arctic flora and a collection of bird skins, studied the geography of Resolution Island, and explored the Baffin Island ice caps and other land masses.

The "Thebaud" expedition was MacMillan's 16th Arctic voyage.


Scope and Content

The collection contains letters, journals, ship's log, ornithological notes, articles and addresses, photographs, lists, and clippings, all relating to the voyage and written by various crew members. The gift was made by the 1937 Thebaud crew as part of their 50th reunion, held in 1987. MacMillan's record of the trip is with his papers.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

M120.1: Correspondence 

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence to and from members of the "Thebaud" Expedition. The bulk of the material was written during the expedition.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, thereunder chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Perkins, Robert W. (AM 1989.28.1&2) 

1 1

To "Dad," 1937 Jun 26 

1 1

To "Mother," Battle Harbor, Labrador, 1937 Jul 5 

1 2

Welch, Russel (AM 1987.17.1) 

1 2

To "Curt" from Russ[ell Welch], Sydney, 

1 2

Nova Scotia, 1937 Jul 2 

1 2

To "Bob" from Russ[ell Welch], 1937 Sep 13 

1 2

To Mr. Welch from Charles Sido, Westwood, N.J., 1948 Mar 10 (with envelope) 


M120.2: Journals, Diaries, and Logs 

Series Description:

This series contains journals, diaries, and logs of various crew members of the "Thebaud" Expedition.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by author, thereunder chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
1

Cromwell, John W., Capt., Log of 1931 "Bowdoin" and 1937 "Thebaud" Expeditions (AM 1987.25.1) 

Box Folder
1 3

Edwards, Charles Pastme, 1937, Clippings (AM 1987.21.9) 

1 4

Edwards, Charles Pastme, 1937, Lists of: birds observed, ship's parts, Eskimo words, plants collected, and minerals and rocks collected. (AM1987.21.9) 

1 5

Edwards, Charles Pastme, 1937, Log (AM 1987.21.9) 

1 6

Edwards, Charles Pastme, 1937, Maps, (AM 1987.21.9) 

1 7

Edwards, Charles Pastme, 1937, Scientific, navigation, and ship's data, with lectures... (AM 1987.21.9) 

Volume
3

Partridge, Willis M., Jr., 1937 Jun 24 - Aug 30 (AM 1987.38.1) 

Box Folder
1 8

Perkins, Robert W., 1937 Jun 24 - Aug 23, (ms. copy) (AM 1987.8.1) 

1 9

Peters, Harold S., 1937 Jun 24 - Aug 31 (ts. copy) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 10

Shaler, Amos J., 1937 Jul 20 - Aug 27 (photocopy) 

1 11

Shaler, Amos J., 1989 Jun 1, Letter re: Availability of journal to researchers 

Volume
4

Staples, Walter, 1937 Jun 23 - Aug 29 (ts. copy) (AM 1987.15.1) 

5

Welch, Russell, 1937 Jun 21 - Jul 29, "1937 MacMillan Arctic Expedition" (AM 1987.17.1) 

Box Folder
1 12

Welch, Russel, 1937 Jun 26 - Sep 4, "Arctic Trip, 1937, Walt & Russ" (AM 1987.17.1) 

Volume
6

Welch, Russel, 1937 Jul 31 - Aug 19 (with ms. notes laid in) (AM 1987.17.1) 

2

Wynne-Edwards, V.C., 1937 Jul 10 - Aug 27 (ts. copy) 


M120.3: Articles and Clippings 

Series Description:

This series contains articles by members of the "Thebaud" Expedition from various magazines and journals. Also included are newspaper clippings concerning the "Thebaud" Expedition.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 13

Forbes, John Ripley, 1938 Jun, "Where 

1 13

Winter and Summer Meet" in "Natural 

1 13

History" magazine (2 copies) 

Volume
Volume 10

Forbes, John Ripley, Album including 

10

photographs, articles, and correspondence. (AM 1987.19.1) 

10

34 Photographs (photocopies) 

10

"Where Winter and Summer Meet" taken from "Natural History" magazine, 1938 Jun 

10

"Recent Observations on the Greenland Weather" taken from "The Auk" magazine, 1938 Jul 

10

"Wildlife in Baffinland..." taken from "Nature Magazine," 1939 Apr 

10

"Sea Birds of Labrador" taken from "The Beaver" magazine, 1942 Jun 

10

Correspondence from Donald MacMillan, Kenneth M. Sills, and Alfred O. Gross. 

Box Folder
1 14

Peters, Harold S. (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 14

"Surveying the Atlantic Flyway" (2 p.) (photocopy) 

1 14

"Flights of the Biologist" taken from "Dixie Air News" 1942 Mar (2 p.) 

1 14

"Keeping Up With the Ducks" taken from "Hunting and Fishing in Canada" 1941 Mar (5 p.) 

1 15

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings 


M120.4: Lists and Notes 

Series Description:

This series contains lists of crew members, lists photographs and movies, and lists of trips, and an itinerary, as well as various manuscript and typescript notes taken by members of the "Thebaud" Expedition.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 16

Peters, Harold S., Itinerary (carbon) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 17

Peters, Harold S., List of members of the expedition (carbon) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 18

Peters, Harold S., List of movies and still photos taken (ts.) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 19

Peters, Harold S., Miscellaneous ms. (AM 1987.91) 

1 19

List of Eskimo words collected by DBM, 1937 Aug (1 p.) 

1 19

Notes "For Airplane Survey of Labrador..." (1 p.) 

1 20

Peters, Harold S., Miscellaneous ts. (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 20

Abstract from W.W. Grenfell;s "The Romance of Labrador..." 1934 (1 p.) 

1 20

List of DBM's trips, 1925-1937 (1 p.) 

1 20

Citations of works re: Labrador, "References" (1 p.) 

1 20

"Summary of Tours and Travels of Harold S. Peters" (1 p.) (photocopy of ts.) 

Volume-folio
9

Staples, Walter, Reunion material, binder including biosheets for members of the expedition (AM 1987.15.1) 

Box Folder
1 21

Welch, Russell, Lists (AM 1987.17.1) 

1 21

Listing of photographic captions (ms.) 

1 21

[untitled list] (ms.) 


M120.5: Ornithological Material 

Series Description:

This series contains ornithological notes, articles, adn observations taken by members of the "Thebaud" Expedition.

Arrangement:

Alphabetically by author.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
7

Forbes, John Ripley, Ornithological field notebook, species record, 1937 

8

Forbes, John Ripley, Ornithological field notebook, daily record, 1937 

Box Folder
1 22

Gross, Alfred O., "Ornithological Collecting Report..." 1938 Mar 18 (10 p.) (AM 1987.19.1) 

1 23

Peters, Harold S., "Waterfowl Observations in Labrador and Baffinland" 1937 (ts.) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 24-29

Peters, Harold S., "Waterfowl Observations in Labrador and Baffinland" 1937 (accompanying photos) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 30

Peters, Harold S., "Waterfowl Observations in Labrador and Baffinland" 1937 (original cover) (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 31

Peters, Harold S., Miscellaneous Notes (AM 1987.9.1) 

1 31

"Other Bird Records - Labrador 1937" (1 p.) (ms.) 

1 31

"Bird Records Obtained from James Webb, Nain, Labrador" 1937 Jul 12 (1 p.) (ts.) 

1 31

Bird records from Brewster Point, obtained from I-een-y-ak (1 p.) (ts.) 


M120.6: Photographs 

Series Description:

This series contains thirty-six photographs removed from an album (M120.3, v. 10) donated by John Ripley Forbes. All were taken on the "Thebaud" Expedition. The photographs in brackets had no captions. Those without brackets had captions provided by the donors.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged by size, thereunder alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 32

Small photos (19) (AM 1987.19.1) 

1 32

[Bird, Greenland Wheater] 

1 32

[Cliffside] 

1 32

[Crew member on deck] 

1 32

[Crew member using sextant] 

1 32

[DBM, sitting on mast] 

1 32

[Expedition mwmber with Inuit children] 

1 32

[Glacial edge - Baffin I.?] 

1 32

[Inuit group] 

1 32

[Inuit group, including mother & child of tent] 

1 32

[Inuit woman with dog, standing in front of tent] 

1 32

[John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist] 

1 32

[Landscape - Baffin I.?] 

1 32

[Member of the expedition] 

1 32

[nesting chicks] 

1 32

[Part of the crew, on deck] 

1 32

[Seal on deck] 

1 32

[Swimming Polar Bear] 

1 32

[Two Inuits with DBM?] 

1 33

Medium photos (11) (AM 1987.19.1) 

1 33

[Bird, Greenland wheater] 

1 33

[Bird specimens] 

1 33

[Bird specimens] 

1 33

F.D. Roosevelt aboard the schooner "Gertrude L. Thebaud" 

1 33

Part of crew of schooner "Gertrude L. Thebaud," coast of Labrador 

1 33

Iceberg near Battle Harbor, Labrador 

1 33

Iceberg near Labrador shore 

1 33

[John Ripley Forbs] 

1 33

John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist 

1 33

Schooner "Gertrude L. Thebaud" 

1 33

[Two Inuit boys] 

1 34

Large photos (6) (AM 1987.19.1) 

1 34

[Iceberg] 

1 34

[Inuit girl] 

1 34

[Inuit man, Brewster Point] 

1 34

[John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist] 

1 34

[John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist] 

1 34

["Thebaud" off Brewster Point, looking across Frobisher Bay towards the Grinnel Ice Cap]