||A novelist, poet, and teacher, Arlo Bates was born in East Machias, Maine, on
December 16, 1850. Bates is the author of fourteen novels and additionally published seven
volumes of poetry. A note in the collection indicates that George Leonard Vose was Bates'
father-in-law and it is indicated by the collection that they remained close. Vose himself was
an academic; he was a highly respected professor of civil engineering at Bowdoin College where
he authored a handbook for engineers, A Manual for Railroad Engineers and Engineering
Students. The Arlo Bates and George L. Vose Papers comprise .3 linear feet (153
items) of letters, photographs, and an unidentified manuscript fragment. The collection spans
the years 1879 to 1916 and includes correspondence from many well known novelists, poets,
biographers, scholars, editors, publishers, composers, and statesmen. Taken together, Bates's
letters offer an interesting critique of the literary marketplace of the time. Many letters
reflect the difficulties of women writers struggling to break into a male dominated market.
Many such writers ask for advice or thank Bates for his kind words and encouragement. Vose's
letters, on the other hand, tend more toowards the personal. His letters to his sister-in-law,
Persis N. Andrews, are filled with local news of weddings and births and the sad passing of
old friends. He vividly captures the landscape and eccentric characters of the small seaside
community of Costine, Maine.