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Thacher family Papers M174

Title:
Thacher family papers
Creator:
Thacher family
ID:
M174
Date [inclusive]:
1782-1914
Extent:
0.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
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

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.

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.

Correspondence, 1782-1819

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Correspondence, 1821-1825

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1826 Jan-Jun

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1826 Jul-Dec

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence, 1827 Jan-May

Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence, 1827 Jun-Dec

Box 1 Folder 6

Correspondence, 1828 Jun-Dec

Box 1 Folder 8

Correspondence, 1829

Box 1 Folder 9

Correspondence, 1830

Box 1 Folder 10

Correspondence, 1831 Feb-Mar

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence, 1831 Jul-Dec

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence, 1832 Jun-1833 Sep

Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence, 1833 Oct-1834 Nov

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Correspondence, 1835-1836

Box 1 Folder 15

Correspondence, 1837-1838

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Correspondence, 1839-1840

Box 1 Folder 17

Correspondence, 1841 Jan-Jul

Box 1 Folder 18

Correspondence, 1841 Aug-Nov

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Correspondence, 1842 Jan-1843 May

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Correspondence, 1843 Aug-1844 Dec

Box 1 Folder 21

Correspondence, 1845

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Correspondence, 1846-1851

Box 1 Folder 23

Correspondence, 1852-1854

Box 1 Folder 24

Correspondence, 1855-1858

Box 1 Folder 25

Correspondence, 1859-1860

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Correspondence, 1861

Box 1 Folder 27

Correspondence, 1862-1866

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Correspondence, 1867-1870

Box 1 Folder 29

Correspondence, 1871-1877

Box 1 Folder 30

Correspondence, 1880-1886

Box 1 Folder 31

Correspondence, 1887-1914

Box 1 Folder 32

Copies of letters sent by Peter Thatcher, 1829-1837

Box 1 Folder 33

Revisions to Packard-Cleaveland

Box 1 Folder 34

Manuscript and Printed Ephemera

Box 1 Folder 35
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