Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Nixon, Paul, 1882-1956
Title
Paul Nixon papers
ID
M140
Date [inclusive]
1904-1956, undated
Extent
2.0 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Paul Nixon's correspondence, speeches, writings, including his Bowdoin College Chapel talks, Bowdoin Latin class materials and a journal of his travels in England and Europe, 1904-1906.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Nixon was born May 23, 1882, in Des Moines, Iowa, and prepared for college at Thayer Academy. In 1904 he was graduated from Wesleyan University, where he majored in classics. Nixon was selected as the first Rhodes Scholar from Connecticut (1904) and studied at Oxford University in England for three years. Before coming to Bowdoin College in 1909 he taught at Princeton University and Dartmouth College. From 1909-1952 Nixon taught classics, history and Latin at Bowdoin and was named Winkley Professor of Latin Language and Literature in 1946. He also served as dean at Bowdoin from 1918 until 1947. During this time he worked closely with the admissions program until the Admissions Office was established in 1935, and he was informal director of placement until the Placement Bureau was established in 1944. Nixon served in the military during World War I, first with the Maine National Guard and then with the United States Infantry. As dean at Bowdoin he corresponded with Bowdoin students and graduates serving in World War II (see Kenneth C.M. Sills Administrative Records for President Sills' and Dean Nixon's World War II correspondence). Nixon received many honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowdoin in 1943. In 1966 a room in Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library was dedicated in his memory. Nixon was the author of a number of books, most of them well known and widely used translations of Latin works. His translations of Plautus and Martial were especially popular.

Nixon married Dorothea Thompson on July 30, 1907. She died October 3, 1917. On July 7, 1919, he married Mathilde Spengler. Nixon died on October 27, 1956, at his home in Brunswick. He was survived by his wife, Mathilde, and his children, Philip and Katrina.


Scope and Content

The collection contains Nixon's speeches and writings, including his Bowdoin College Chapel talks, Bowdoin Latin class materials and a journal of his travels in England and Europe, 1904-1906. Also included are business and personal letters to and from Nixon; Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Robert Peter Tristram Coffin, and Mary Ellen Chase are among the correspondents. Other materials include a signed typescript poem about Paul Nixon by Robert Peter Tristram Coffin.


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

Collection Inventory

 M140.1 Speeches and Writings, 1904-1950, n.d.   1.25 linear feet

Series Description:

This series contains addresses and Bowdoin College Chapel talks given by Nixon. Also included are a typescript journal of his travels in England and Europe as a young man, his Bowdoin College Latin class lecture notes, and published articles.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.

Box Folder
1 1

Addresses, 1919-1937 

1 2

Addresses, 1940-1947 

1 3

Chapel talks, 1932-1933 

1 4

Chapel talks, 1934-1935 

1 5

Chapel talks, 1936 

1 6

Chapel talks, 1937 

1 7

Chapel talks, 1938 

1 8

Chapel talks, 1939 

1 9

Chapel talks, 1940 

1 10

Chapel talks, 1941 

1 11

Chapel talks, 1942 

1 12

Chapel talks, 1943 Jan-May 

1 13

Chapel talks, 1943 Aug-Dec 

1 14

Chapel talks, 1944 

1 15

Chapel talks, 1945 

1 16

Chapel talks, 1946-1950 

1 17

Chapel talks, miscellaneous notes 

1 18

Essay "Los Angeles or Thereabouts," manuscript w/marked newspaper clippings 

1 19

Journal typescript re: travel in England and Europe, 1904-1906 

1 20

Lecture notes for Bowdoin College Latin class 

1 21

Lecture notes for Bowdoin College Latin class 

1 22

Lecture notes for Bowdoin College Latin class 

1 23

Magazine articles, 1905-1906 

1 24

Magazine articles, 1908-1950 

1 25

Material for alumni talks 

1 26

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 27

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 28

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 29

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 30

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 31

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 32

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 33

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 34

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 35

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 36

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 37

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 38

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 39

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 40

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

1 41

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

2 1

Miscellaneous addresses and articles 

2 2

Miscellaneous addresses and articles -- alumni association 

2 3

Miscellaneous addresses and articles -- notes 

2 4

Miscellaneous addresses and articles and skits 

2 5

Notes 

2 6

Notes 

2 7

Notes -- alumni lists 

2 8

Notes -- for football rallies 

2 9

Notes -- for freshman day 

2 10

Notes -- on Petronius 

2 11

Notes -- on Tucker, Fererro, Fairchild, and Davis 

2 12

Veni Vidi Wacky (poems) 

2 13

Verses -- Latin translation / parody 

2 14

Verses -- Latin translation / parody 

2 15

Verses -- Latin translation / parody -- Virgil 

2 16

Verses -- non-classical 

2 17

Verses -- (some re: flagpole incident) 


 M140.2 Correspondence, 1918-1956, n.d.   0.5 linear feet

Series Description:

This series contains business and personal correspondence to and from Nixon. Included are letters from British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Robert Peter Tristram Coffin, and Mary Ellen Chase, as well as letters of recommendation written by Nixon for former students.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.

Box Folder
2 18

1918-1932 

2 19

1933 

2 20

1934-1937 

2 21

1938 

2 22

1939-1941 

2 23

1942 

2 24

1943 

2 25

1944-1946 

2 26

1947 

2 27

1948-1949 

2 28

1950-1956 

2 29

n.d. 

2 30

New England Council search for Bowdoin president, 1951 

2 31

Re: books Nixon wrote --including correspondence from Stanley Baldwin, R.P.T. Coffin, Mary Ellen Chase 

2 32

Re: Eclectic Fraternity Campaign, 1952-1953 

2 33

Recommendations, 1927, 1945-1949, n.d. 

2 34

Recommendations, 1949-1954, n.d. 


 M140.3 Miscellaneous Material, undated   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

This series includes Christmas cards sent to Nixon and printed ephemera, including a memorial to Nixon. There is also a signed typescript poem about Nixon by Robert Peter Tristram Coffin, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
2 35

Christmas cards (some with photographs) sent to Nixon 

2 36

Memorials (from other people) for Bishop Andrews, 1908 

2 37

Newspaper clippings 

2 38

Poem, "Dean Paul," typescript, signed by Robert Peter Tristram Coffin 

2 39

Printed ephemera 

2 40

Printed ephemera (including a memorial to Nixon)