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Laurence and Everett Parker Pope papers

Identifier: M358

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Scope and Contents

The Laurence and Everett Parker Pope papers date from 1939 to 2017 and measure 1.5 linear feet in three boxes. The papers are arranged in three series: Biographical, Military Service, and Writings & Research Files. The papers include research files of Laurence E. Pope, correspondence, photographs, two videocassettes, a certificate from the State of Maine memorializing Everett Pope, and printed material pertaining to Everett Pope’s military service.


  • Creation: 1939 - 2017

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Biographical / Historical

Everett Parker Pope (Class of 1941) was born on July 16, 1919, in Massachusetts. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1941 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps. During his enlistment, he was a member of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines and led the machine gun platoon during the battle at Guadalcanal. In September 1944, he took part in the Peleliu campaign, for which he received the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart in 1945. After leaving military service, he was a banker. He and his wife, Eleanor Hawkins, had two sons, Laurence Everett II and Ralph H. Pope. Everett Pope was active on Bowdoin’s governing boards and established the Pope Scholarship Fund in the 1980s and the Haldane Cup. He died in Bath, Maine, in 2009.

Laurence “Larry” Everett Pope II (Class of 1967) was born on September 24, 1945, in Connecticut. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1967. He was a member of the Peace Corps during the Vietnam War. He began his diplomatic career in 1969 as a consular officer at the American embassy in Saigon, Vietnam. Fluent in Arabic by the 1980s, he served as the deputy chief of mission in Bahrain and director for Northern Gulf Affairs in Iran and Iraq. From 1993 to 1996, Laurence Pope served as the US Ambassador to Chad. He received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service. Pope was nominated by President Bill Clinton to be the ambassador to Kuwait; however, the appointment was denied by Congress in 2000 and his official diplomatic career was ended. He published works on the letters of François de Callières as well as his father’s service in the marines. Unpublished writings include his work on the Irish-born Jacobite, Nathaniel Hooke (1664-1738). Laurence Pope died in 2020.


1.5 Linear Feet (Audiovisual materials include BV2648-BV2649. )

Language of Materials



Father Everett and son Laurence who both graduated from Bowdoin College and went on to serve in the Battle of Peleliu during World War II and as the US Ambassador to Chad during the Clinton administration, respectively.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Elizabeth Pope in 2021.

Related Materials

Interview with Everett P. Pope by Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai M194.3 P674

Separated Materials

Three compact disks containing scans of archival material housed in other repositories in North America have been removed from the collection, including scans of daily activities of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines from 1942 to 1945, photographs of Pierre Perrault, and three engraving housed at Rob Mostert's studio.

Guide to the Laurence and Everett Parker Pope papers
Emma Barton-Norris
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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