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Weston P. Chamberlain papers

Identifier: M028

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Memorabilia of Colonel Weston P. Chamberlain, including Bowdoin College material such as daily journals and Bowdoin diploma. Includes 17 diaries, journals, and correspondence from 1889-1912, 24 medical periodical off-prints by Chamberlain from 1910-1933, 18 diplomas and certificates, and 14 images of Chamberlain. Also contains personal items such as campaign badges, medals, medical instruments and a silver inkwell.


  • Creation: 1889-1933


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Biographical/Historical Note

Weston Percival Chamberlain was a surgeon in the United States Army Medical Corps (1898-1935). He was known as an authority on tropical medicine, particularly the treatment of beri-beri.

Chamberlain, son of Joseph Austin Chamberlain and Sarah Maria Weston Chamberlain, was born in Bristol, Maine on June 4, 1871. He prepared at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle (1888-89) before entering Bowdoin College (Class of 1893). He went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School (Class of 1897), London School of Tropical Medicine (1912), and the Army War College (1922-23).

Chamberlain served in the Spanish American War (1898), including the Phillipine Insurrection (1899-1901), and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his services in World War I. He was with the medical corps in the Phillipine Islands (1899-1901; 1904-06; 1910-12), Jackson Barracks, Louisiana (1906-10), Washington D. C. (1917-24; 1929-34), and was chief health officer in Balboa Heights, Panama Canal Zone (1924-29).

Chamberlain was married in Boston, Massachusetts on September 10, 1903, to Eleanor Adele Stanton Bush, daughter of Major James Clark Bush, U. S. Army, and grand-daughter of Edwin McMasters Stanton, secretary of war in President Lincoln's cabinet. They had a daughter, Eleanor Maria, who married Earl Kendall Van Swearingen, a naval captain in Washington D. C. Chamberlain died June 7, 1948 in Palo Alto, California, where he had lived for twelve years in retirement.


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Memorabilia of Colonel Weston P. Chamberlain, including diaries, journals, and correspondence from 1889-1912, and Bowdoin College materials.

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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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