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Faculty: Records, Minutes and Reports, 1805- .

Records of the Executive Government, 1805-1875
2 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.7.1

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Series Description:
The records of the executive government document the governing of the College by the president and faculty. They include minutes of meetings and votes of the group on curriculum, appointments, and disciplinary matters, including the "drill rebellion" of 1874. The executive government was also responsible for drafting the annual report to the Visiting Committee of the Governing Boards.

The dates of volumes 4 and 5 overlap the dates of volumes 2 and 3, but each volume is distinct; volumes 4 and 5 are Records of the Executive Government - Miscellaneous. By 1874, the Executive Government was replaced by the faculty meeting although the records of the groups overlap for a period of four years.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note: Photocopies of volumes 1-4 are available for patron use. The records of the executive government [volumes 1-5] are also available on microfilm.
Restrictions: None.


Minutes of faculty meetings, 1871-
2 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.7.2

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Series Description:
This series contains the official minutes of faculty meetings at Bowdoin College from 1871. May also contain information on votes taken at meetings and reports to the faculty by various committees. Minutes after 1991 can also be found in the Faculty committees series.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note: Faculty minutes, 1871-1907 are also available on microfilm.
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Faculty committees : official reports, 1927-
7 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.7.3

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Series Description:
Official reports of faculty committees. From 1974 through 1994, the official reports of faculty were held by the faculty clerk until deposited in the archives. From 1994, copies of reports are deposited in the archives upon submission to the faculty. Also included are some agendas and duplicate copies of faculty meeting minutes. Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, the records include lists of faculty committees and their members.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEP) : minutes, 1953-
1.0 linear foot.
Catalog Number: 1.7.4

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Series Description:
This series contains agendas and minutes of Curriculum and Educational Policy (CEP) Committee meetings from 1953. The committee is responsible for curriculum development and revision including the assessment of courses of study, methods of instruction, admissions standards and degree and major requirements. The committee consists of faculty members, administrative staff and undergraduate representatives.

For additional information on the CEP, see the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date creation.


Study Committee on Graduate Programs, 1966-68
.75 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.7.6

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Series Description:
This series contains the records of the Study Committee on Graduate Programs from 1966-68. Made possible by a grant from the Research Corporation of New York City, the study was undertaken to examine the feasibility of implementing graduate programs at Bowdoin as one of many possible ways to direct college growth. The final report was published in June 1968. The committee's recommendation for the creation of a General Academic Council to plan future academic programs was never implemented.
Arrangement: Arranged topically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Recording Committee : minutes, 1911-
.5 linear feet
Catalog Number: 1.7.7

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Series Description:
This series contains the minutes and records of the faculty Recording Committee from 1911. The first listing of this committee occurs in the 1901 college catalogue, although it is possible that the committee existed before that date.

It appears that the committee's purpose is to approve or deny requests for: changes in majors or grades, study away from Bowdoin, waiving requirements, independent study, self-designed majors, residency requirements, leaves of absence, etc. The committee also approves or denies exceptions to latin honors requirements such as students with an "F" or students who did not reside on campus a minimum amount of time and lists those who graduate.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 75 years from date of creation.


Library Committee : minutes, 1958-59
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.7.8

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Series Description:
Minutes of the faculty's Library Committee, which consults with the College librarian and makes recommendations relative to the operation and services of the libraries.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Lectures and Concerts Committee: reports and funded requests 1973-
.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: 1.7.9

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Series Description:
The Lectures and Concerts Committee is a faculty committee with staff and student representation which reviews applications from faculty for assistance in funding lectures and concerts. The funds, from the College's operating budget and the Jacob Jasper Stahl Fund, are designated to support lectures or performances that would enhance the regular instruction of the College in the areas of art, letters, life, philosophy or culture. This series contains the committee's annual report to faculty as well as approved applications for funds. Other material relating to the committee may be found in the records of the Dean for Academic Affairs.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


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