Grant Helps College Digitize Oliver Otis Howard Papers

Christmas letter from Howard to his son, Guy (1861). The drawings are by Howard, who often illustrated the letters he sent home to his children.  Click image for larger view.

Christmas letter from Howard to his son, Guy (1861). The drawings are by Howard, who often illustrated the letters he sent home to his children. Click image for larger view.

Bowdoin has received a grant award of $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the college’s Oliver Otis Howard Papers.

Howard, born in Leeds, Maine, a member of Bowdoin’s class of 1850, and a career army officer, was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor during the Civil War. Howard’s papers represent a national treasure of research materials documenting America’s military, social, and cultural history throughout the latter half of the 19th century, including:  the Civil War, Reconstruction, Western expansion and Indian affairs, social welfare, domestic life, race relations, higher education and religiosity. Read more.

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1 comment to Grant Helps College Digitize Oliver Otis Howard Papers

  • Dick Burns '58

    For anyone interested in O.O. Howard, Gordon Weil’s (’58) biography is a must read.
    I highly recommend it. (Full disclosure: Gordon, a classmate, is a life long friend.)

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