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Arthur M. Hussey papers

Identifier: M336

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur M. Hussey papers date from 1835 to 2016 and measure 12 linear feet. The papers are arranged in five series: Field Notes, Maps and Images, Subject Files, Teaching, and Publications.

The Field Notes series (1835-2016) consists of records kept while on field trips for geological and mapping research, including notebook entries, map drafts, photographs, correspondence, and published findings, as well as further research material from other geologists in the field. The series is arranged chronologically and, if available, titled with Hussey’s original numbering system. Additional maps and material from Arthur Hussey’s field work can be found in the Maps and Images series.

The Maps and Images series (1950-2000) contains photographs, slides, reels, lantern slides, and field maps that Hussey created during his geological research in and around Maine. Many of the maps are oversized, include hand drawn elements, and incorporate field data. Most of the photographs were taken during geological field work and depict scenes from Maine’s natural history and geological formations, however, there is also a small collection of personal and family photographs.

The Subject Files series (1921-2012) is made up of additional academic files that Hussey stored in his department office. Arranged alphabetically by creator last name or topic, they consist of a range of subjects, authors, and sources related to geology. Most files contain additional maps, data, publications, and correspondence from various creators to Hussey.

The Teaching series (1954-2001) contains material from Hussey’s tenure as a geology professor at Bowdoin College, including course curriculum and syllabi, departmental correspondence (some of which pre-dates Hussey’s time at Bowdoin), and student research projects.

The Publications series (1954-2013) includes the remaining publications that Hussey wrote and were separated from field work.


  • Creation: 1835 - 2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1961 - 2001


Biographical / Historical

Arthur Mekeel Hussey II was born in Pittsburgh on March 9, 1931, and graduated from Wells High School in Maine in 1950. He earned a B.S. in geology and mineralogy at Pennsylvania State University in 1954. His graduate study at Harvard was interrupted by service as a first lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force from 1955 to 1957. He continued his graduate study at the University of Illinois, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1961. Before coming to Bowdoin College, he was a visiting assistant professor at Purdue University in the 1960-61 year. Hussey joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1961 as a visiting assistant professor of geology, became an assistant professor in 1962 and an associate professor in 1966. He was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1972. Beginning in 1958, he worked with the Maine Geological Survey to describe and map the structural geology of the Maine coast from Kittery to Pemaquid Point. Hussey was a co-editor of the Bedrock Geological Map of Maine (1986), a comprehensive survey of the state’s rock formations and geologic history commissioned by the Maine Geological Survey. His book A Guide to the Geology of Southwestern Maine was published in 2015, and summarized nearly sixty years of his research. For much of his 39-year teaching career, Hussey was the sole faculty member in Bowdoin's geology department. A dedicated field geologist and recognized authority on the structural geology of the Appalachians and of Maine, Hussey also curated the James Bowdoin III and Parker Cleaveland mineral collections at the College.


12 Linear Feet (Oversized material shelved in Map Case)

Language of Materials



Field notes, maps, publications (offprints), photographs, and alphabetical subject files documenting Bowdoin College professor Arthur M. Hussey's geological research and mapping, primarily in the state of Maine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2016 to Bowdoin College by Athur M. Hussey through his Estate. Additional materials transferred from the Department of Earth and Oceanographic Sciences.

Guide to the Arthur M. Hussey Papers
Emma Barton-Norris
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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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