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James Stacy Coles, Administrative Records, 1946-1979, n.d.

Reports of the President, 1952-1967
17 volumes.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.1

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Series Description:
Reports of the President of Bowdoin College. These reports are part of the run of presidents' reports published as Bowdoin College Bulletin numbers. This practice was begun in 1905 and continued through 1974. The reports include general information on the state of the college.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Governing Boards, 1952-1975
7.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.2

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Series Description:
Contains records and correspondence from 1952-67 concerning committees of the Governing Boards: the Examining Committee, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, the Library Committee and the Advisory Committee on Development. Correspondence and records concerning the building and renovations of campus buildings, especially the Senior Center and Moulton Union and others. Ceremonial duties are also represented in this series.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Faculty Committees, 1946-1970
4.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.3

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Series Description:
Records of the operations of numerous faculty committees spanning Coles' administration, with materials interfiled from previous and later administrations from 1946 - 1970. Included are the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy, and the Graduate Programs Study Committee. Other important committees were Recording Committee, Student Aid, Student Life, Visiting Committee, Increase in Size of College, Advisory Committee, Committee on Academic Effiency, Commencement Parts and individual departmental committees. The large volume of records shows the emphasis on committee work in the administration of the college.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Subject files, 1948-1979, n.d. [A-Mac]
10.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.4

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Series Description:
Contains general office files on specific subjects covering all aspects of the college: scholarships, athletics, fraternities, foundations, faculty matters, committees, awards, special events, consortia with other colleges, alumni, facilities. Significant issues include facility restructuring to accomodate academic and physical growth.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Subject files, 1948-1979, n.d. [Mai-Y]
9 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.4

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Series Description:

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Correspondence, 1952-67
1.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.5

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Series Description:
Contains general office correspondence from 1952 through 1967; folders contain later (1968) correspondence by Athern P. Daggett, the Acting President who followed Coles.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Development Program and Capital Campaign, 1953-67
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.6

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Series Description:
Contains records pertaining to the administration of the college development program and its various activities during Coles' tenure. Files from following administrations (1968-69) are also included. During this period of growth, strong ties with supporters of the college were most important. The Capital Campaign of 1962-63 is the most significant event recorded in this series.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None


Senior Center, 1961-67
1.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.7



Series Description:
Records document the physical and intellectual design of the center, from 1962-67 and include files from later administration through 1979. Plans encompassed curriculum, faculty, administration, the facility itself including living and dining quarters. Evaluations and descriptions of senior seminars are included.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note: More information on the Senior Center and its programs is available in Record Group 3.8: Senior Center Program.
Restrictions: None.


Library, 1961-1966
.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.8

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Series Description:
Contains correspondence files from 1961-66. Information pertains to Bowdoin Library and small college libraries in general. Most of the information refers to building specifications, costs, and dedication of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note: More information about Library operations can be found in Record Group 5.1: Library records.
Restrictions: None.


Foreign students; Bowdoin Plan; A.S.P.A.U., 1956-1968
2.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.9

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Series Description:
Contains records regarding these related programs, from 1956-1968. These programs continue to work to bring foreign students to Bowdoin and provide support for them. The Bowdoin Plan was initiated in 1947 when Joseph Wheeler, an undergraduate, proposed to President Sills that each of Bowdoin's fraternities sponsor a student from a foreign country, providing food and lodging, while the college waived tuition charges. Bowdoin began participation in A.S.P.A.U., or the African Scholarship Program, by 1960.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


R.O.T.C., 1950-68
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.10

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Series Description:
Contains administrative records of the operations of the R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officers Training Corps) program on the Bowdoin campus from 1950 until 1968. R.O.T.C. was an active program until 1974. At that time no new students were accepted into the program and it was phased out.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Commencement, 1953-67
1.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.11

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Series Description:
Contains administrative records of the activities during commencements. Records span Coles' administration and include records from the 1968 commencement.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None


Speeches, 1952-1967
4 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.12

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Series Description:
Contains speeches given by Coles during his administration. Subject matter includes: academic freedom, admission standards, various aspects of education at Bowdoin and in general, Bowdoin College and its future plans, the Senior Center, scientists, responsibility.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note: Index to speeches available in the Archives.
Restrictions: None.


Honorary degrees, 1953-1969
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.13

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Series Description:
Correspondence and records documenting the conferral of honorary degrees from 1953-68. Some earlier correspondence is included in this series.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


A.C.H.E.S.,1965-67
2.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.14

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Series Description:
The Advisory Commission for Higher Education Study is a state commission for the evaluation of the impact and characteristics of higher education facilities in Maine. President Coles functioned as the chairman for the commission which provided recommendations for all state associations who held responsibilities in higher education in Maine: college presidents, the governor, Department of Education, the legislature, state officers, the University of Maine, and many others. Material dates primarily from 1965-66.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


National Science Foundation, National Academy of Science, 1953-67
2.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.15

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Series Description:
This series documents President Coles' close involvement with the National Science Foundation and other science organizations, spanning his administration from 1953-67, and also containing records from the following administration until 1974. His primary academic work before becoming president of Bowdoin was in science (chemistry). He was involved with classified research for the U.S. Navy during the second world war. One of the main emphases of his administration was to strengthen the science curriculum of the college. This involved tracking and facilitating research fellowships and internships. Records in this group document discussions of the state of science curriculae in higher education nationally, and relationships between science study at the university level and government and military programs involving science. To this day, Bowdoin maintains extremely strong science programs.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


U.S. Department of Health, Education, & Welfare Programs, 1954-68
.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.16

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Series Description:
The programs documented Bowdoin's participation in Government programs directed towards encouraging high school students to attain higher education. The years between 1954 and 1968 saw increased government support for education programs, including: Upward Bound, (ongoing at Bowdoin), National Defense Education Act, Equal Opportunities Educational Program, President's Commission on Education Beyond High School.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


WCBB, 1960-68
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.17

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Series Description:
Record of the cooperative develpment of the educational television station, WCBB, by Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. Major subjects were funding, content, broadcasting and transmission. 1960-68 were seminal years in the development of television as an educational resource.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Self-study reports, 1954-56
.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.18

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Series Description:
Comprehensive reports examining major aspects of the college. These were carried out by faculty committees under the auspices of the Ford Foundation. The studies were conducted from 1954-56 and discussed current and future plans during the time spans of 1951-71 and 1953-73.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Inauguration records, 1952-53
.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.19

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Series Description:
Congratulatory certificates, correspondence and other records of President Coles' inauguration on October 13th, 1952. Material dates from 1952-1953.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None


Realia, 1967
.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.9.20

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Series Description:
This series contains memorabilia from Coles' presidency.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


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