Introduction to Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections & Archives is a department of the Bowdoin College Library that houses rare books, manuscripts, and the College Archives.
Want to learn more about SC&A? Watch this brief introduction with Marieke, Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian:
Curtis A. Perry, Scrapbook, 1873-1877.
Curtis Appleton Perry was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1854. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1877, he lived in Europe for four years studying art. Upon returning to the United States he established an art studio in New York City. After New York, he lived in Paris for several years and eventually made his way back to Maine in 1894. After making residence in Portland, he ran as the first socialist candidate for mayor. Perry died in 1931 in Sanibel, Florida where he had been engaged in civic life, establishing the Sanibel Community Association.
James Bassett Jr., Scrapbook, 1930-1934.
James E. Bassett Jr. (1912-1978) graduated from Bowdoin Phi Beta Kappa in 1934. After graduation, Bassett worked on the Los Angeles Times, serving as a reporter from 1934-37; aviation editor from 1937-41; science editor from 1947-48; political editor in 1961; director of the editorial pages from 1963-71; and associate editor from 1971-77. He retired in 1977. Bassett also worked for the Los Angeles Mirror serving as political editor in 1948; city editor in 1954; and assistant managing editor in 1957.
In 1941, Bassett entered the Navy as a lieutenant junior grade and became public relations officer for Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey and the Third Fleet. He served in that capacity until 1945. Bassett received the Bronze Star and retired from the Naval Reserve as a Captain.
Bassett served as press secretary for vice president Richard Nixon's campaign in 1952, as public relations director of the Republican National Committee in 1954, as campaign director for the Nixon vice presidential campaign in 1956, and as planning director of the Nixon presidential campaign in 1960. In 1962, Bassett published Harm's Way based on his wartime experience; the novel was made into a movie. Bassett also published The Sky Suspended in 1961 and Commander Prince, USN in 1971.