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Alumni Relations: Office Files, Records and Publications, 1809-

Alumni Council, 1857-
8.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.1

Series Description:
Records of the Alumni Council. The Alumni Council was created in 1914. It is the governing body of the Bowdoin Alumni Association. The original council consisted of 12 members elected by a general ballot of the alumni. The first meeting, held in 1914 at Commencement, was chaired by Kenneth C.M. Sills '01, who was then Dean of the College. The records contain minutes of the council meetings, results of elections and general business papers. Also includes information about alumni events including homecomings, commencements, and reunions. Reunion synopses are filed in the fall meeting folder of the reunion year. For reunion and homecoming brochures dating from 1987 see Events Office: Academic Year Programs. Alumni Council manuals and handbooks, published sporadically, are located in the general folder for the specific year.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: Closed for 50 years from date of creation.


Alumni clubs, 1872-
8.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.3

Series Description:
Records of the Bowdoin Clubs. In 1989 there were sixty-two recognized Bowdoin Clubs throughout the United States and overseas. The Director of Alumni Relations oversees, but does not plan or coordinate Bowdoin Club activities. The clubs perform a variety of functions. They sponsor social and educational activities for alumni in their local area, and involve alumni in college service, especially in identifying and developing the interest of prospective students. The records document the activities of individual Bowdoin Clubs, particularly concerning visits from college personalities or Alumni Association officials. Also includes information on the Bowdoin Teachers Club.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by geographic region.

Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Alumni Association Trips, 1968-1989, 2003, 2013
1.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.4

Series Description:
Records of Alumni Association Trips. Most of the trips were offered in the 1980s. Files include brochures of trips offered by the Alumni Association and general business and correspondence concerning reservations and cancellations. Also included is information from and business with various travel agencies.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Alumni Fund, 1920-.
1.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.5

Series Description:
Records of the Alumni Fund. Files contain progress reports, annual reports, and information on bequests, deferred giving and solicitation methods. They also include solicitation letters, brochures, pamphlets, and other publications.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Bowdoin Magazine, 1927- .
10 linear feet

Catalog Number:1.5.6

Series Description:
The magazine for the Bowdoin Alumni. Includes articles by both alumni and college officials on matters which greatly concern the college. Also included are synopses of alumni events and occasional student input. News of the classes from class correspondents is reported in each issue. Published quarterly, the magazine has had three titles. From its inception in 1927 through 1983 it was called "The Bowdoin Alumnus." From 1984 through 1986 it was known as the "Bowdoin Alumni Magazine." In 1987 it was renamed simply "Bowdoin."

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


Nominations and awards, 1883-
1.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.7

Series Description:
Files of alumni nominations and awards. Files contain alumni ballots for college overseers and trustees from 1926-1958. Also included are files of nominations for alumni awards and miscellaneous correspondence regarding nominees and recipients. For awards presented at a special homecoming luncheon some correspondence regarding recipients can be found in Alumni Council homecoming files. The Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, the Alumni Service Award, the Common Good Award, and the Distinguished Bowdoin Educator Award are among the awards for which there are copies of the actual certificates presented to recipients.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically within each box.

Restrictions: Access requires written permission from an officer of Alumni Relations.


Alumni Directories, 1809-
2 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.8

Series Description:
Directories of the alumni of Bowdoin College containing address listings of alumni. The original directories, titled Catalogus Collegii Bowdoinensis, were accumulated and continued by the General Catalogue of Bowdoin College. From 1912-1974, address lists were published as issues of the Bulletin. Certain specific clubs also publish or have published their own directories; these are located in the Alumni Clubs files.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


Alumni Necrologies, Obituary Records, 1890, 1892-
1.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.9.1

Series Description:
Necrologies of the alumni and officers of Bowdoin College. Files contain necrologies of alumni, professors and officers of the College. Many files are Bowdoin College Bulletin issue numbers devoted either to specific persons or to compilations of notices of deaths of Bowdoin alumni.

Arrangement: Arranged in subseries- chronologically and alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


Alumni obituaries and biographical information
1.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.9.2

Series Description:
Scrapbooks of Bowdoin alumni obituaries and biographical information, including honorary alumni and alumni of the Medical School of Maine. Theclippings are primarily from the "Necrology" and "News of the Class" sections of the Bowdoin Alumnus.

Arrangement: Organized chronologically by Class graduation year.

General Note: Scrapbook pages removed from volumes and placed in acid-free folders.

Restrictions: None.


War Memorial, 1919
.75 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.10

Series Description:
Bowdoin College War Memorial Records. Files contain correspondence on the building of the war memorial. Also included (alphabetically by designer) are proposed plans for Bowdoin's war memorial.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


Registers, 1866-
2.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.11

Series Description:
The bulk of the material in this series consists of Commencement Registers, which according to Bowdoin tradition, are signed by alumni ofBowdoin College and their guests when attending commencement and reunion. (Originally commencement and reunion were held at the same time). There is also a register signed by attendees of events held at the Alumnni House, 1961-1974, including Alumni Council meetings and various conferences.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically, with guest registers filed according to the last date they include.

Restrictions: None.


Alumni College, 1965- (bulk 1965-1988, 2002-2003)
0.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.12

Series Description:
Alumni College began as a summer program that brought together alumni for a conference that offered various educational seminars. The most successful early Alumni College was a week-long program in the summer of 1965, but the program continued sporadically for 20 years before suspending operations. In 2002, Alumni College resumed, offering a week-long summer program for alumni anually centering on a particular topic or theme. Files contain records of Alumni College participants, brochures and correspondence among administrators. Also included are articles and information on alumni colleges at other institutions.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


The Whispering Pines, 1933-2007
3 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.13.1

Series Description:
The Whispering Pines publication was issued by the Alumni Fund from 1933-1955; its major feature being the Alumni Fund report. The first bound volume of The Whispering Pines includes Alumni Fund reports from 1920. In 1962 the format changed to an informal newsletter for parents and alumni concerning College events, necrologies, and College news of general interest. In 2007 the format changed again. After the March 2007 issue, The Whispering Pines ceased to be a separate publication, and became an essay at the back of each issue of Bowdoin  magazine.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


"Whispering Pines" from the Bowdoin Daily Sun, 2010-
.25 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.13.2

Series Description:
Essays drawing from the College's past by John R. Cross (Class of 1976 and Secretary of Development and College Relations) that are included as a monthly feature "Whispering Pines" in the online Bowdoin Daily Sun. This series includes printouts of the online essays beginning with the first essay in March, 2010.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


Reunion: Class Files, 1916-1995
4.0 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.14

Series Description:
This series contains records of class reunions. Material includes letters and mailings from class reunion committee chairpersons, reunion plans, reunion reports, and reunion realia. The bulk of reunion photographs are preserved in the College Archives Photograph Collection, but there are some photographs in this series.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by class.

Restrictions: None.


General publications, 1999- .
0.25 linear feet

Catalog Number:1.5.15

Series Description:
Contains all brochures and other publications published by the Alumni Relations office that do not fit into a particular series.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor, 2002- .
7.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number:1.5.16

Series Description:
The Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor recognizes those persons who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Bowdoin through their accomplishments in athletics. The inaugural induction ceremony took place on October 19, 2002 during homecoming weekend. Since 2010, inductions have been biennial instead of annual. This series contains programs, certificates, and photographs of inductees.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.

Restrictions: None.


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