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MacMillan-"Thebaud" Collection M120

Title:
MacMillan-"Thebaud" collection
Creator:
MacMillan, Donald Baxter, 1874-1970
ID:
M120
Date:
1937
Extent:
1.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains letters, journals, Thebaud ship's log, ornithological notes, articles and addresses, photographs, lists, and clippings, all relating to the voyage and written by various crew members.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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.

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.

Perkins, Robert W. (AM 1989.28.1&2)

Box 1 Folder 1

To "Dad," 1937 Jun 26

Box 1 Folder 1

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

Box 1 Folder 1

Welch, Russel (AM 1987.17.1)

Box 1 Folder 2

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

Box 1 Folder 2

Nova Scotia, 1937 Jul 2

Box 1 Folder 2

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

Box 1 Folder 2

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

Box 1 Folder 2

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.

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

Volume 1

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

Box 1 Folder 3

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

Box 1 Folder 4

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

Box 1 Folder 5

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

Box 1 Folder 6

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

Box 1 Folder 7

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

Volume 3

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

Box 1 Folder 8

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

Box 1 Folder 9

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

Box 1 Folder 10

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

Box 1 Folder 11

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

Volume 4

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

Volume 5

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

Box 1 Folder 12

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

Volume 6

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

Volume 2

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.

Forbes, John Ripley, 1938 Jun, "Where

Box 1 Folder 13

Winter and Summer Meet" in "Natural

Box 1 Folder 13

History" magazine (2 copies)

Box 1 Folder 13

Forbes, John Ripley, Album including

Volume Volume 10

photographs, articles, and correspondence. (AM 1987.19.1)

Volume 10

34 Photographs (photocopies)

Volume 10

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

Volume 10

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

Volume 10

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

Volume 10

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

Volume 10

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

Volume 10

Peters, Harold S. (AM 1987.9.1)

Box 1 Folder 14

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

Box 1 Folder 14

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

Box 1 Folder 14

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

Box 1 Folder 14

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings

Box 1 Folder 15

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.

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

Box 1 Folder 16

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

Box 1 Folder 17

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

Box 1 Folder 18

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

Box 1 Folder 19

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

Box 1 Folder 19

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

Box 1 Folder 19

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

Box 1 Folder 20

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

Box 1 Folder 20

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

Box 1 Folder 20

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

Box 1 Folder 20

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

Box 1 Folder 20

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

Volume-folio 9

Welch, Russell, Lists (AM 1987.17.1)

Box 1 Folder 21

Listing of photographic captions (ms.)

Box 1 Folder 21

[untitled list] (ms.)

Box 1 Folder 21

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.

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

Volume 7

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

Volume 8

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

Box 1 Folder 22

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

Box 1 Folder 23

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

Box 1 Folder 24-29

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

Box 1 Folder 30

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

Box 1 Folder 31

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

Box 1 Folder 31

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

Box 1 Folder 31

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

Box 1 Folder 31

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.

Small photos (19) (AM 1987.19.1)

Box 1 Folder 32

[Bird, Greenland Wheater]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Cliffside]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Crew member on deck]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Crew member using sextant]

Box 1 Folder 32

[DBM, sitting on mast]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Expedition mwmber with Inuit children]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Glacial edge - Baffin I.?]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Inuit group]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Inuit group, including mother & child of tent]

Box 1 Folder 32

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

Box 1 Folder 32

[John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Landscape - Baffin I.?]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Member of the expedition]

Box 1 Folder 32

[nesting chicks]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Part of the crew, on deck]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Seal on deck]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Swimming Polar Bear]

Box 1 Folder 32

[Two Inuits with DBM?]

Box 1 Folder 32

Medium photos (11) (AM 1987.19.1)

Box 1 Folder 33

[Bird, Greenland wheater]

Box 1 Folder 33

[Bird specimens]

Box 1 Folder 33

[Bird specimens]

Box 1 Folder 33

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

Box 1 Folder 33

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

Box 1 Folder 33

Iceberg near Battle Harbor, Labrador

Box 1 Folder 33

Iceberg near Labrador shore

Box 1 Folder 33

[John Ripley Forbs]

Box 1 Folder 33

John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist

Box 1 Folder 33

Schooner "Gertrude L. Thebaud"

Box 1 Folder 33

[Two Inuit boys]

Box 1 Folder 33

Large photos (6) (AM 1987.19.1)

Box 1 Folder 34

[Iceberg]

Box 1 Folder 34

[Inuit girl]

Box 1 Folder 34

[Inuit man, Brewster Point]

Box 1 Folder 34

[John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist]

Box 1 Folder 34

[John Ripley Forbes, ornithologist]

Box 1 Folder 34

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

Box 1 Folder 34
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