Guide to the Maine State Seminary records, 1855-1898 | CA02.82

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Maine State Seminary (Lewiston, Me.)
Title
Maine State Seminary records
ID
CA02.82
Date
1855-1898
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The Maine State Seminary records include correspondence, items relating to the construction of the Seminary (later, Bates College), and several ledgers. Most of the records cover the period prior to the renaming of the Seminary as Bates College, in 1863. This collection, when studied in conjunction with the records and items in the Related Materials section of the finding aid, serve to give a good, general picture of the activities of the College in its earliest decades.

Preferred Citation

Maine State Seminary records, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

In September 1854, the Parsonsfield Seminary, located in Parsonsfield, Maine, burned down. This school had been organized in 1832 and was affiliated with the Freewill Baptists. A number of men who would later be connected with Bates College were associated with Parsonsfield, including Hosea Quinby, John Fullonton, and Oren B. Cheney.

When Oren B. Cheney heard about the fire at Parsonsfield, he vowed to build another educational institution in Maine to replace Parsonsfield. By January 1855, petitions were being sent to the State of Maine urging the government "to incorporate a Literary Insitution under the name of 'The Maine State Seminary,' and suitably endow the same."

The Maine State Seminary, the institution that would become Bates College, was incoporated that same year, 1855. The Seminary welcomed its first class '84 men and 53 women' in September 1857. Although affiliated with the Freewill Baptists, the seminary was not limited to persons of any single religious denomination.

In 1863, the institution was re-incorporated as Bates College, and the Seminary became a department of the new College.

Scope and Content Note

The Maine State Seminary Records includes handwritten materials relating to the founding of the Maine State Seminary, later called Bates College. The collection includes petitions signed by citizens of 14 towns requesting the State incorporate and endow the Maine State Seminary (Jan-Feb 1855); the 1856 bond giving title for the land where Bates College was built, signed by Amnie Nash and Alonzo Garcelon; bills and correspondence concerning the construction of Hathorn and Parker halls (1856-57); Maine State Seminary faculty meeting minutes (1857-1859); a grade book covering the period 1861-1863; a registry book containing lists of graduates and recipients of various honors and awards; and correspondence (1855-1856) of the building committee concerning the construction of Hathorn Hall, of which the first cornerstone was laid on June 26, 1856. Correspondents in the latter file include G.S.H. Bryant, William H. Littlefield, Frances Lyford, and William P. Frye.

Organization and Arrangement

The records are arranged into two series, then alphabetically by folder title. The series are: I. Catalogs; II. Administrative records. This arrangement also includes two oversize volumes (Series I) stored in their own boxes.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Accession No.: xx-061.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
  • Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911)--Archival resources
  • Maine State Seminary (Lewiston, Me.)--Archival resources
  • Maine State Seminary (Lewiston, Me.)--History

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Collection Inventory

 CA0282/01 Catalogs 1857-1869   1.0 manuscript box

Box

Catalog 1857   

1

Catalog 1858   

1

Catalog 1859   

1

Catalog 1860   

1

Catalog 1861   

1

Catalog 1862   

1

Catalog 1865   

1

Catalog 1866   

1

Catalog 1867-68   

1

Catalog 1868-69   

1

Catalog 1869   

1

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 CA0282/02 Administrative records 1855-1898   2.0 manuscript boxes

Box

Bills for Construction 1856   

1

Bond for title to land for Maine State Seminary 1856   

1

Building Committee Correspondence 1856   

1

College Prayer Association ca. 1863   

1

Disciplinary Ledger 1861-1862   

1

Envelope Calendars 1859-1864   

1

Petitions for funding the Seminary 1855   

1

Rank Book 1861-1862   

2

Resolution paying Seminary $10,000 from state legislature 1859   

1

Room Register 1864-1868   

1

Seminary Committee meeting book 1867-1898   

1

Seminary Register 1855-1865   

1

Transactions of the Board of Teachers 1857-1859   

1

Trustees -- Promisory notes 1855-1857   

1

Tuition and board bills 1858-1862   

1

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