Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921

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Charles Pickering Bowditch (born September 30, 1842; died June 1, 1921), was an early initiator and supporter of Meso and Central American research at the Peabody Museum. His interest in Maya studies was sparked by a pleasure trip to the Yucatan in 1888. Bowditch received both his A.B. (1863) and his M.A. (1866) from Harvard University. He was a leading member of the Museum's Committee for Central American Researchers from 1891 until his death. Bowditch joined the Department of Anthropology faculty in 1897 (1894?) and remained on it until 1921. A business man of independent means, Bowditch planned and supported many PM expeditions to Meso and Central America, and also funded publication and exhibition of their results. During his tenure at HU, he established both Fellow and Instructor positions in Central American Archaeology as well as the PM Memoirs series, which continues to publish topics of Meso and Central American interest. Bowditch was also an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America. An excellent mathematician, he was especially intrigued by Maya hieroglyphics, and his work reflected that interest. Bowditch served as a Museum trustee in 1894-95, and on various departmental committees from 1889-1899.

Source: Swerdlow, Victoria H. "Charles P. Bowditch Papers Preliminary Inventory". July 1987.

From the guide to the Bowditch, Charles P. (1842-1921). Papers, 1869-1918, (Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University)

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creatorOf Seler, Eduard, 1849-1922. Miscellaneous pamphlets 1890-1911 : text and translation / [original German text by] E. Seler ; [translated and compiled under the supervision of Charles Pickering Bowditch]. Harvard University, Tozzer Library
referencedIn William James papers, 1803-1941 (inclusive) 1862-1910 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bowditch, Charles P. (1842-1921). Papers, 1869-1918 Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf Haynes, Henry W. (Henry Williamson), 1831-1912. Henry W. Haynes papers, 1805-1912. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Russell, Henry Sturgis, 1838-1905. 5th Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment carte de visite album, ca. 1864-1865. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921. Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, 1894-1898. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn George G. Heye autograph collection, 1886-1928. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication, 1882-1931. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921. Charles P. Bowditch photograph album, ca. 1861-1865. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921. Union officers of the Civil War carte de visite album, [ca. 1861-1865]. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIi, 1897 American Philosophical Society
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referencedIn Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham), 1838-1923. Alice C. Fletcher collection of School of American Archaeology records, 1904-1911. Museum of New Mexico Library
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creatorOf Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921. Papers on cryptography, 1911-1920. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn George Byron Gordon Central America expedition records, Bulk, 1893-1924, 1893-1956 University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
referencedIn Alice C. Fletcher Collection, 1904-1911 Museum of New Mexico. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
referencedIn Heye, George G. (George Gustav), 1874-1957. George G. Heye autograph collection, 1886-1928. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Bowditch, Joseph, 1700-1780. Joseph Bowditch Papers, 1699-1941. Peabody Essex Museum
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creatorOf Game Club (Boston, Mass.). Papers, 1882-1918, [Boston?, Mass.]. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke additional papers, 1806-1936. Houghton Library.
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referencedIn Papers of Professor Henry William Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Franz Boas Papers, 1862-1942 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Salisbury family. Papers, 1674-1916. Gadsden Public Library
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