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James Stacy Stevens, the son of Henry Francis Stevens and Emeline Heydock Stevens, was born in Lima, New York, on August 21, 1864. Stevens married Bertha E. Bowerman in 1890. He came to the University of Maine as a professor of physics in 1891, established the department of electrical engineering in 1893, and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1905 until his retirement in 1932. Stevens Hall on the campus of the University of Maine was named in his honor in 1934. Stevens died on March 24, 1940.

The record group contains diaries, 1903-1940, of James Stevens recording his and his wife Bertha's daily activities, scrapbooks, ca. 1905-1932, compiled by Stevens and reflecting his interests and accomplishments, and Stevens' diplomas and honorary degrees, 1881-1924, from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, the University of Rochester, Syracuse University, and the University of Maine as well as membership certificates in the Dickens Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Pi. Also, copies of notebooks and a publication by Stevens titled "Outlines Of Laboratory Physics".

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Education, Social Life and Customs



Size of Collection

1 half size box, 1 quarter size box, 1 folio folder, 4 scrapbooks

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

UA RG 0011.007

Stevens (James Stacy) Records, 1881-1940

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