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MS Am 2171

Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921. Charles P. Bowditch papers on cryptography, 1911-1920: Guide.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2171
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bowditch, Charles P. (Charles Pickering), 1842-1921.
Title: Charles P. Bowditch papers on cryptography,
Date(s): 1911-1920.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers on cyrptography assembled by Charles P. Bowditch.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

45M-606 - 45M-611. Gift of Mrs. Franklin G. Balch, Mrs. Ingersoll Bowditch, and Mrs. Ernest Amory Codman, 99 Moss Road Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; received: 1946 April 2.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles P. Bowditch Papers on Cryptography, 1911-1920 (MS Am 2171). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Pickering Bowditch (1842-1921) was the son of Jonathan Ingersoll Bowditch and Lucy O. Nichols, and was the grandson of Nathaniel Bowditch. After earning his degree from Harvard College he served as first and second lieutenant and captain of the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and as captain of the 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. Bowditch is perhaps best known for his pioneering work as an archeologist, specializing in Maya hieroglyphic writing. In 1910, he published The Numeration, Calendar Systems and Astronomical Knowledge of the Mayas, one of the premier studies of the subject. He was also a major benefactor to the Peabody Museum in Salem, Mass., and served as treasurer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1905 to 1915 and president from 1917 to 1919. [Source: Mass Historical Society].

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence between Bowditch and George Fabyan, typescript transcript translations of books on cryptography by others, Bowditch's notes on cryptography, and other material.

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