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Frederick ("Pat") and Ursula Pettengill papers

Identifier: MC114

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photographs, correspondence, awards, clippings, biographical information and other materials about Frederick ("Pat") Pettengill, Bates class of 1931, and his wife, Ursula Prater. Most of the material was given to Bates College by Ursula in anticipation of the 1999 dedication of Pettengill Hall, named in her and her husband's honor.


  • 1927-1987, undated


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

Frederick "Pat" Pettengill was born on August 29, 1909 in Pembroke, New Hampshire, and attended Bates College, graduating in the class of 1909. He worked for the YMCA in Keene, New Hampshire and Red Bank, New Jersey, and taught history and economics at Bordentown Military Academy, where he also managed the athletics program. In 1940 he earned his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II he served with the U.S. Air Force in the Mid-Pacific theater, and later served in the Korean War, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 1946 he went to work for Syracuse University, first managing housing for veterans and later serving as resident administrator for Syracuse University's graduate centers in Poughkeepsie, Corning, Endicott and Rome. On June 21, 1952, he married Ursula Prater.

He remained dedicated to Bates throughout his life, serving as the College Club president and recruiting students. He passed away on Nov. 24, 1986 and Pettengill Hall is named in his and Ursula Pettengill's honor.

Ursula Prater Pettengill was born on Nov. 23, 1912 in Cowden, Illinois, the daughter of Arizona and Rachel Prater. She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana State University in 1940 and her master's degree from Kansas State University School of Home Economics in 1946. She served as director of food services for Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa from 1946 to 1949. From 1949 until her retirement in 1971 she served in the same role for Syracuse University. She passed away on February 14, 2010.


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Photographs, correspondence, awards, clippings, biographical information and other materials about Frederick ("Pat") Pettengill, Bates class of 1931, and his wife, Ursula Prater.

Organization and Arrangement

Alphabetical by folder title.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Transferred from Advancement Department in 2009. Accession No.: 2009.102.

Processing Information

Processed by Kat Stefko, June 2011

Guide to the Frederick ("Pat") and Ursula Pettengill papers, 1927-1987, n.d.
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Description is in: English
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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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