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Paul Nixon Papers M140

Title:
Paul Nixon papers
Creator:
Nixon, Paul, 1882-1956
ID:
M140
Date [inclusive]:
1904-1956, undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
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.

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.

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.

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.

Addresses, 1919-1937

Box 1 Folder 1

Addresses, 1940-1947

Box 1 Folder 2

Chapel talks, 1932-1933

Box 1 Folder 3

Chapel talks, 1934-1935

Box 1 Folder 4

Chapel talks, 1936

Box 1 Folder 5

Chapel talks, 1937

Box 1 Folder 6

Chapel talks, 1938

Box 1 Folder 7

Chapel talks, 1939

Box 1 Folder 8

Chapel talks, 1940

Box 1 Folder 9

Chapel talks, 1941

Box 1 Folder 10

Chapel talks, 1942

Box 1 Folder 11

Chapel talks, 1943 Jan-May

Box 1 Folder 12

Chapel talks, 1943 Aug-Dec

Box 1 Folder 13

Chapel talks, 1944

Box 1 Folder 14

Chapel talks, 1945

Box 1 Folder 15

Chapel talks, 1946-1950

Box 1 Folder 16

Chapel talks, miscellaneous notes

Box 1 Folder 17

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

Box 1 Folder 18

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

Box 1 Folder 19

Lecture notes for Bowdoin College Latin class

Box 1 Folder 20

Lecture notes for Bowdoin College Latin class

Box 1 Folder 21

Lecture notes for Bowdoin College Latin class

Box 1 Folder 22

Magazine articles, 1905-1906

Box 1 Folder 23

Magazine articles, 1908-1950

Box 1 Folder 24

Material for alumni talks

Box 1 Folder 25

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 26

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 27

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 28

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 29

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 30

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 31

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 32

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 33

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 34

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 35

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 36

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 37

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 38

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 39

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 40

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 1 Folder 41

Miscellaneous addresses and articles

Box 2 Folder 1

Miscellaneous addresses and articles -- alumni association

Box 2 Folder 2

Miscellaneous addresses and articles -- notes

Box 2 Folder 3

Miscellaneous addresses and articles and skits

Box 2 Folder 4

Notes

Box 2 Folder 5

Notes

Box 2 Folder 6

Notes -- alumni lists

Box 2 Folder 7

Notes -- for football rallies

Box 2 Folder 8

Notes -- for freshman day

Box 2 Folder 9

Notes -- on Petronius

Box 2 Folder 10

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

Box 2 Folder 11

Veni Vidi Wacky (poems)

Box 2 Folder 12

Verses -- Latin translation / parody

Box 2 Folder 13

Verses -- Latin translation / parody

Box 2 Folder 14

Verses -- Latin translation / parody -- Virgil

Box 2 Folder 15

Verses -- non-classical

Box 2 Folder 16

Verses -- (some re: flagpole incident)

Box 2 Folder 17

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.

1918-1932

Box 2 Folder 18

1933

Box 2 Folder 19

1934-1937

Box 2 Folder 20

1938

Box 2 Folder 21

1939-1941

Box 2 Folder 22

1942

Box 2 Folder 23

1943

Box 2 Folder 24

1944-1946

Box 2 Folder 25

1947

Box 2 Folder 26

1948-1949

Box 2 Folder 27

1950-1956

Box 2 Folder 28

n.d.

Box 2 Folder 29

New England Council search for Bowdoin president, 1951

Box 2 Folder 30

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

Box 2 Folder 31

Re: Eclectic Fraternity Campaign, 1952-1953

Box 2 Folder 32

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

Box 2 Folder 33

Recommendations, 1949-1954, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 34

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.

Christmas cards (some with photographs) sent to Nixon

Box 2 Folder 35

Memorials (from other people) for Bishop Andrews, 1908

Box 2 Folder 36

Newspaper clippings

Box 2 Folder 37

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

Box 2 Folder 38

Printed ephemera

Box 2 Folder 39

Printed ephemera (including a memorial to Nixon)

Box 2 Folder 40
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