Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Thacher family
Title
Thacher family papers
ID
M174
Date [inclusive]
1782-1914
Extent
0.5 linear feet
Language
Abstract
Correspondence, chiefly between Stephen Thacher and his son Peter,together with exchanges with other family members, members of the Bowdoin community, or other acquaintances.

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

The collection centers around two members of the Thacher family, Stephen (1774-1859), an Overseer of Bowdoin College from 1821-27, and his son Peter (1810-94), a member of Bowdoin's Class of 1831.

Stephen, until 1818 a merchant in Kennebunk, Maine, held public office as Judge of Probate for York County (1807-18), postmaster of Kennebunk (1810-18) and, following a move to Lubec, Maine, U.S. Collector of Customs for the town (1818-30). He lived in retirement in Lubec until his death.

Peter, a lawyer, studied under his uncle, William Pitt Preble and in the Portland firm of Fessenden and Deblois. Admitted to the bar in 1836, he practiced in Machias (1836-54) and Rockland, Maine (1854-71), and Boston (1871-92). In 1842, he became Commissioner of the U.S. Circuit Court of Maine, and served as Register in Bankruptcy for the Fifth Congressional District (1867-71). Other members of the Thacher family, including Peter's siblings and children are also represented in the collection.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, chiefly between Stephen Thacher and his son Peter,together with exchanges with other family members, members of the Bowdoin community, or other acquaintances. Correspondents from the Bowdoin community include various professors and overseers, including Prof. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Class of 1825), as well as Bowdoin graduates ranging in class year from 1810s to 1840s. The correspondence is followed by some manuscript and typescript notes, and an edited draft of the text of the Packard-Cleaveland History of Bowdoin College prepared by Peter Thacher.


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

Box Folder
1 1

Correspondence, 1782-1819 

    1 2

    Correspondence, 1821-1825 

      1 3

      Correspondence, 1826 Jan-Jun 

        1 4

        Correspondence, 1826 Jul-Dec 

          1 5

          Correspondence, 1827 Jan-May 

            1 6

            Correspondence, 1827 Jun-Dec 

              1 8

              Correspondence, 1828 Jun-Dec 

                1 9

                Correspondence, 1829 

                  1 10

                  Correspondence, 1830 

                    1 11

                    Correspondence, 1831 Feb-Mar 

                      1 12

                      Correspondence, 1831 Jul-Dec 

                        1 13

                        Correspondence, 1832 Jun-1833 Sep 

                          1 14

                          Correspondence, 1833 Oct-1834 Nov 

                            1 15

                            Correspondence, 1835-1836 

                              1 16

                              Correspondence, 1837-1838 

                                1 17

                                Correspondence, 1839-1840 

                                  1 18

                                  Correspondence, 1841 Jan-Jul 

                                    1 19

                                    Correspondence, 1841 Aug-Nov 

                                      1 20

                                      Correspondence, 1842 Jan-1843 May 

                                        1 21

                                        Correspondence, 1843 Aug-1844 Dec 

                                          1 22

                                          Correspondence, 1845 

                                            1 23

                                            Correspondence, 1846-1851 

                                              1 24

                                              Correspondence, 1852-1854 

                                                1 25

                                                Correspondence, 1855-1858 

                                                  1 26

                                                  Correspondence, 1859-1860 

                                                    1 27

                                                    Correspondence, 1861 

                                                      1 28

                                                      Correspondence, 1862-1866 

                                                        1 29

                                                        Correspondence, 1867-1870 

                                                          1 30

                                                          Correspondence, 1871-1877 

                                                            1 31

                                                            Correspondence, 1880-1886 

                                                              1 32

                                                              Correspondence, 1887-1914 

                                                                1 33

                                                                Copies of letters sent by Peter Thatcher, 1829-1837 

                                                                  1 34

                                                                  Revisions to Packard-Cleaveland  

                                                                    1 35

                                                                    Manuscript and Printed Ephemera