Thomas Angell papers, 1856-1921


Thomas Angell served as language professor at Bates College from 1869-1902. Shortly after arriving at Bates, Angell was granted a leave of absence for one year which he spent in France and Germany, devoting himself to the study of language and literature. The collection contains his diaries from January 1, 1859-July 24, 1870 in which he writes about: life as a student at Brown University; enlisting in the Rhode Island militia as aide de camp for General Tourtellotte during the Civil War; the Free Will Baptists; Lapham Institute where he served as principal; coming to Bates College; purchasing a house in Lewiston from Oren B. Cheney, Bates College’s founder; the graduation of Mary Mitchell, Class of 1869, as the first female graduate of a New England college; and his travels in Europe. Also includes a scrapbook with articles about the Civil War, a photograph album containing various members of the Angell and Brown families, translations of The English echo (1869), Angell’s letters as published in the Woonsocket patriot during his European trip (1869-1870), and a few miscellaneous papers, including some genealogical information.