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Office of Communications and Public Affairs: Publications, News Releases, Records, 1806- .

College Calendar (The Sundial), 1937-1997
2 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.1

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Series Description:
The College Calendar began publication in 1937. A weekly calendar of events and announcements concerning the college community, it included the times and dates of sporting events, and lectures; the speaker and topic of the daily chapel meeting; dates and times of final exams; a listing of current exhibits at the Walker Art Building; and any other information or announcements considered relevant. The Calendar continued to publish its weekly list of events and information even after "The Bowdoin Thymes" (6.1.2) began its run as a daily listing of events and announcements. In 1986 the title changed somewhat to the Bowdoin College Calendar and News, as the publication added a "News Notes" section that publicized faculty and staff activities, such as outside lectures, awards and honors. In September 1989 the Calendar and News was replaced by the bi-weekly Sundial: The Bowdoin College Community Calendar and News. Primarily aimed at faculty, and staff, the Sundial contains a two-week calendar of events, and an expanded section of news and stories of interest to that constituency. Beginning August 1991, the Sundial was published weekly, and continued publication until May 1997.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


The Bowdoin Thymes, 1966-
5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.2

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Series Description:
"The Bowdoin Thymes," is a calendar of events occurring on campus, and announcements relevant to student and faculty life. It began as a student-edited publication in November 1966. It was produced by student editors through the Office of Communications. The "Thymes" has gone through a number of permutations in style and tone in the years of its publication. It provides a glimpse into the daily life and attitudes prevailing on the campus. In 1994, publication was taken over by the Office of Communications and the "Thymes" became an on-line only calendar of events. The format was changed so that it listed events for a week in advance and was updated every two days. The "Thymes" ceased publication in 1995.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


News Releases, 1959-
19.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.3

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Series Description:
Contains news releases, in chronological order, put out by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and its predecessors. Prior to 1982, all news releases, regardless of subject, were bound together into volumes. Beginning in July of that year, this series includes only those releases titled "Bowdoin News." Sports (6.1.5) and Arts (6.1.6) news are collected in separate series.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin Sportsletter, 1968-1980, 1994-
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.4

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Series Description:
The Bowdoin Sportsletter, a publication of the Bowdoin College News Service, was issued weekly during the academic year from 1968 through 1980. It was available, on a subscription basis, to alumni and friends of the college. The original subscription price was $3.00/year, rising to $18.00/year in the last year of issue. It contained sports news and results compiled by the Athletic Director, the Alumni Office, and the News Director. Its goal was to give more detailed information about Bowdoin sports than the local newspapers.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin Sports News Releases, 1982-
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.5

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Series Description:
Sports news released by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to 1982, sports news was collected as a part of News Releases (6.1.3). Sports news releases have traditionally been, and continue to be, printed on green paper. This series includes results of athletic contests, team rosters, news of individual players and coaches, and team and individual records. The statistics are compiled by the Sports Information Intern.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin Arts News Releases and Bowdoin Arts and Culture Calendar of Events, 1990-1998, 2007-
.8 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.6

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Series Description:
News of artistic and cultural events released by the Office of Communications. Prior to 1990, arts news was collected as part of News Releases. From 1990 through April 1998, the arts were publicized in a separate Bowdoin Arts news release. Beginning Fall 2007, arts and cultural events are publicized in calendar format.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Publication production forms, 1994-
2 folders.
Catalog Number: 6.1.7

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Series Description:
Forms used by the Office of Communications when sending publications to the archives. The forms contain the following information: Date of transfer to archives, title of publication, office or department for which it was prepared, date of printing, printer/vendor, quantity produced.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Faculty and Staff Directories, 1959-1991
.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.8

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Series Description:
Directories listing current administrators, faculty and staff members. Information for each person included name, title, office location and phone extension number and home address and phone number. Beginning with the 1991-92 academic year, the Office of Communications publishes the Bowdoin College Directory each year listing current students, administrators, faculty and staff members.
Arrangement: Arranged Chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Student Directories, 1949-1991
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.9

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Series Description:
Directories listing current students. Information listed for each student included name, class year, residence location and phone number. Beginning with the 1991-92 academic year, the Office of Communications ceased publication of the Student Directories and began publication of the Bowdoin College Directory, an annual listing of current students, administrators, faculty and staff members (see RG 6.1.10).
Arrangement: Arranged Chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin College Directory, 1991-
1.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.10

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Series Description:
Directory lists current students, administrators, faculty and staff members. Information listed for each administrator, faculty or staff member includes name, title, office location and phone number, home address and phone number and e-mail address. For each student, information listed includes name, class year, residence location and phone number, e-mail address and mailbox number. The complete directory is published each fall. An updated directory, listing student address changes, is sometimes published in the spring. This directory supercedes the Student Directory (RG 6.1.9).
Arrangement: Arranged Chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


New Faculty and Administrative Staff Directory, 1963-1998/1999
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.11

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Series Description:
Book of photos of new faculty and administrative staff members.
Arrangement: Arranged Chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin Bearings, 1988-1991
1 folder.
Catalog Number: 6.1.12

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Series Description:
The Bowdoin Bearings was produced by the Office of Public Relations and Publications, now the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. It was edited by Richard Mersereau, the director of the office at the time of publication. The Bearings was intended to complement the Whispering Pines and the Bowdoin magazine in order to provide broader coverage of campus news. It ceased publication in 1991.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Publicity photo negatives, 1936-1961
5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.13

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Series Description:

Arrangement: Arranged numerically by negative number.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Subject files
2 folders.
Catalog Number: 6.1.14

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Series Description:
Subject files.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
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Bowdoin Sun
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.15

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Series Description:
The Bowdoin Sun, published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the academic year by the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, began publication in the fall of 1996. It continues some of the daily calendar functions of the Bowdoin Thymes, and includes announcements about campus events and lost and found notices.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically
General Note:
Restrictions: None


Bowdoin Bulletin, 1997-
.50 linear feet

Catalog Number: 6.1.16

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Series Description:
"Bowdoin College news and calendar" replaces the Bowdoin Sundial.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


General Publications, 1983-
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.17

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Series Description:
Contains general publications from the Office of Communications.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Association of Bowdoin Friends, 1985-
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.18

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Series Description:
Founded in 1984, the Association of Bowdoin Friends is an informal group of individuals who share an interest in the programs and well-being of the College. The Steering Committee meets monthly and serves as the planning and sponsoring group of the Association's activities. This series contains newsletters, membership material, announcements of activities, brochures, and forms.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Documentary History Scrapbooks, 1806-1962, n.d.
18 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.19

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Series Description:
The scrapbooks in this series contain newspaper clippings and printed ephemera concerning College events between 1806 and 1962. Many of the early scrapbooks including the 1903-1913 scrapbook regarding the Bowdoin College Library were compiled by George T. Little, College Librarian.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin News, 2004-
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.20

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Series Description:
This series contains print copies of an online monthly newsletter for Bowdoin alumni, parents, and friends which began in January 2004. The print copies for each month list topics, give a brief summary of each topic, then electronic links to the full stories, rather than print copies of each story-in-full. The newsletter also contains links to the Bowdoin Home Page and other Bowdoin sites. Periodically there are special issues announcing events such as the Alumni College.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


BurrellesLuce Clippings, 2000-
1.0 linear foot.
Catalog Number: 6.1.22

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Series Description:
This series contains Bowdoin-related clippings dating from May 2000 provided by Burrelle's, a press clipping service. In 2003, the name of the clipping service changed to BurrellesLuce.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Bowdoin Daily Sun, 2010-
.90 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 6.1.23

Series Description:
The Bowdoin Daily Sun is an online digest of Bowdoin news, sports, photographs, and articles from across the Internet thought to be of interest to the Bowdoin community. Launched February 24, 2010, the digest is published daily during the academic year and Monday through Friday in summer. This series contains the table of contents for each issue, printed from the online Bowdoin Daily Sun archives.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


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