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Bugle, 1858- .

10.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number: 4.12


Agency History /
Biographical Note:

The Bugle is the college yearbook. In 1858 a group of four students published the first Bugle, a small pamphlet providing official information and editorials about the college. The Bugle has gone through many changes since its first publication. During the 1880s photographs were introduced and complimented the primarily text-based documentary of the school year. In the early 1920s the introduction of candid photographs gradually led to the replacement of a primarily textual record with a visual record of the year's events. Until the 1940s and the beginning of WWII, the Bugle was published by the junior class for the senior class. After a short lapse in publication, the senior class took over the responsibility of producing their own yearbook. The Bugle is created and published by students. As of 2013 the Bugle ceased print publication.

Scope and Content:
Complete run of the Bugle from 1858. Two special issues were published in 1944, one of which is a wartime issue. Also included is an account book for 1815-19. The Bugle contains information about class, fraternity, and society memberships, athletic teams, student organizations, and faculty. Later Bugles provide photos of students and activities, athletic teams, and special events, eg. commencement. The format varies greatly from year to year.

Cite as: Bugle. George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives. Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: None.

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