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Nathaniel Cooper Kendrick papers

Identifier: M101

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Scope and Content

Includes records and correspondence to and from Kendrick pertaining to students' standings with Bowdoin College and the military. There are also Bowdoin records of Kendrick's time as dean. This includes papers on curriculum, fraternities, and major requirements.


  • Creation: 1934-1967


Biographical/Historical Note

Nathaniel Cooper Kendrick was dean of Bowdoin College from 1947 until his retirement in 1966, and Frank Munsey Professor of History Emeritus. Born in Rochester, New York in 1900, he graduated from the University of Rochester in 1921 and completed graduate work at Harvard University, receiving his Ph. D. in 1930. He studied in London and Vienna on a traveling fellowship in 1925-26 and then joined the Bowdoin faculty as an instructor in History. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1928, to associate professor in 1932, and full professor in 1946, when he also became acting dean. He was appointed dean in 1947. In 1959 he was named Frank Munsey Professor of History. Dean Kendrick was elected an honorary member of the Bowdoin College Alumni Association in 1962, and in October 1965 he became the third recipient of the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff. In 1966 he was conferred an as honorary doctorate of humane letters. He was a member of the American Historical Association and Psi Upsilon Fraternity, which he served for many years at Bowdoin as an advisor. He was chairman of several regional and national committees on education and during World War II was a field representative for the State War Chest drive for the National War Fund campaign, the USO, and other war relief agencies. He married Lucy Higgs in 1927 and together they had one son and one daughter. Dean Kendrick died at his summer home in Gravenhurst, Ontario in 1969.


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Includes records and correspondence to and from Kendrick pertaining to students' standings with Bowdoin College and the military and other Bowdoin College materials.


Arranged alphabetically.

Guide to the Nathaniel Cooper Kendrick Papers
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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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