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Robert H. Edwards, Administrative Records, 1950-2002.

Correspondence Files, 1990-2001, 2002 Jul
5.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.1

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Series Description:
File copies of the letters and memoranda sent from the President, or members of the senior staff, on administrative topics; items date from 1990.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Subject Files, 1950-1990 [A - Maine]
18.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.2

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Series Description:
General office files date from 1950 but most date from 1978. Includes correspondence, memoranda, notes, and other material, covering admissions, Affirmative Action, and the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee as well as other faculty committees. The Maine Independent Colleges Association, special funds, student aid, the Watson Fellowship, and the Report and Response to the President's Commission on the Status of Women, and other topics of administrative interest are included. Many of the files are from President Greason's tenure; some date back to President Coles' years.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Subject Files, 1950-1990 [Maine - SURDNA]

Catalog Number: 1.2.13.2

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Series Description:

Arrangement: Alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Subject Files, 1950-1990 [SURDNA - Z]

Catalog Number: 1.2.13.2

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Series Description:

Arrangement: Alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Subject Files, 1991-2002
20.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.3

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Series Description:
General office files from 1991. Material prior to 1991 is included only when necessary to maintain the integrity of the file from President Edwards' office. Otherwise, subject files from President Edwards' office prior to 1991 are in Series 2. Includes correspondence, memoranda, notes and other material covering baccalaureate, commencement, the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee and other faculty committees. Learned Colleagues, the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, reunion, the South African exchange program, State Post-Secondary Review Entities (S.P.R.E.) and other administrative topics are included.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Reports of the President, 1990-2001
1.0 linear foot.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.4

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Series Description:
Annual reports of the President of Bowdoin College, from 1990. The reports highlight achievements and priorities and may include information on admissions, appointments, curriculum, development, finances, physical changes on campus, student issues and services, and other indicators of the well-being of the college. They incorporate reports from the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Treasurer, and beginning with the 1996-1997 report, the Dean of Student Affairs. The exception is the final report issued in 2001, the year President Edwards stepped down. Instead of being an annual report it reviews the entire Edwards presidency, 1990-2001, and does not include reports from the Treasurer nor the Deans for Academic and Student Affairs.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note: Bound volumes of the annual Bowdoin College Report of the President, 1891-2001 are located in the Special Collections Reference area of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.
Restrictions: None.


Governing Boards, 1962-2000 (bulk 1977-2000)
12.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.5

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Series Description:
Correspondence, notes, records, meeting minutes, etc. of the Governing Boards, of their joint standing committees and subcommittees, and of some special committees. Dating from 1962, the files also include the Presidents' correspondence with the chairs of the Trustees and presidents of the Overseers, general mailings, and meeting records. The earliest material is from the presidency of James S. Coles, and includes each subsequent administration. Additional Governing Boards material can be found in Board of Trustees: votes and records, 1794-.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Recruitment and Transition to the Presidency, 1981, 1989-1990
0.6 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.6

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Series Description:
Correspondence between Robert H. Edwards, Leonard Cronkhite, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John F. Magee, Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, and other Bowdoin administrators regarding the presidency of Bowdoin and terms of employment. As additional background information there is a 1981 employment letter with A. LeRoy Greason. A draft of the press release announcing Edwards' presidency is included as well as detailed briefing material from the Office of the Vice President of Development and the Dean for Planning and General Administration designed to aid Edwards in his transtion to the presidency.
Arrangement: Chronological.
General Note:
Restrictions: Accessed only with permission of the President's Office.


Presidential Inauguration, 1990
0.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.7

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Series Description:
Records, addresses and commemorative brochures from the inauguration of President Edwards in October, 1990. Also included are certificates of congratulations from other colleges and universities.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


President's Staff, 1980-1996
2.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.8

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Series Description:
Notes and records from the meetings of the senior staff, and correspondence and memoranda from the President to the senior staff, dating from 1980. All aspects of the general operation of the College are covered. Also includes files on senior staff retreats.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Campaign for Bowdoin Records, 1983-1990
1.0 linear foot.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.9

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Series Description:
Office files containing meeting agendas, correspondence, campaign publications, memoranda and reports concerning the planning and operation of the Campaign for Bowdoin, a capital fundraising campaign from 1983-1987. Includes files for the Campaign Kitchen Cabinet, the Steering Committee, and committee chairmen.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 75 years from date of creation.


Department of Justice Antitrust Investigation, 1989-1994
0.5 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.10

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Series Description:
Administrative and legal records, dating from 1989 to 1994, concerning the antitrust case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. Known as the MIT case, it concerning alleged collusion in setting financial aid grants and was settled in 1993. Although no suit was brought against Bowdoin, the college was required to provide records and information to the investigators.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Governor's Task Force on the Maine Learning Technology Endowment, 1999-2001
1.0 linear foot.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.11

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Series Description:
In 1999 the Maine legislature established the Maine Learning Technology Endowment to fund the advancement of learning technology in Maine. The legislation also provided for the formation of a task force charged with creating a state learning technology plan. President Edwards was appointed to the task force by Governor Angus King in August 2000. President Edwards' files contain notes, meeting agendas, surveys, articles and other documents culminating in the final report of the Task Force on the Maine Learning Technology Endowment issued January 2001.
Arrangement: Chronological.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, 1992-2001
4.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.12

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Series Description:
The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, with President Edwards as chair, was formed in 1992 as a nonprofit corporation to improve mathematics and science education in Maine, kindergarten through post-secondary. Supported by monies from the state of Maine, the National Science Foundation, and corporate sponsors, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance focused on systemic planning and evaluation, curriculum and instruction, community integration, and teacher preparation and enhancement. President Edwards' files contain agendas, meeting minutes, memos, manuals, reports, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.
Arrangement: Chronological, then alphabetical.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation unless otherwise specified.


Maine Science and Technology Foundation, 1992-1999
2.0 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.13

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Series Description:
On September 3, 1993 President Edwards was nominated by Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. for appointment as a member of the new Maine Science and Technology Foundation, an appointment which was confirmed by the Maine Senate. The Maine Science and Technology Foundation, which replaces the Maine Science and Technology Commission, is the principal science and technology organization for Maine state government, and is responsible for recommending to the governor and the legislature policies and programs necessary for the advancement and integration of science and technology in Maine. President Edwards' files contain notes, correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes and reports.
Arrangement: Chronological.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


National Science Foundation - Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (ACEHR), 1995-2000
1.0 linear foot.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.14

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Series Description:
In October 1997 President Edwards was invited by the National Science Foundation to accept appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (ACEHR) for a term beginning January 1, 1998 and continuing through December 31, 2000. During its twice yearly meetings, the ACEHR hears reports from its committees and engages in discussion with the director of the National Science Foundation. President Edwards' NSF-ACEHR files contain meeting agendas, minutes, reports, correspondence and notes.
Arrangement: Chronological then alphabetical.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation, 1980-1999
1.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.15

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Series Description:
Records, starting in 1980, relating to the College's participation in WCBB - Channel 10 (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Educational Telecasting Corporation). On July 1, 1992, WCBB - Channel 10 and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network of the University of Maine System merged to form the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation. As a co-founder of WCBB, Bowdoin's president has served as a member of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation Board of Trustees. President Edwards' files contain notes, memos, meeting agendas and minutes, reports, publications, and newspaper clippings.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.
General Note:
Restrictions: Closed for 20 years from date of creation.


Realia, n.d.
.25 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.16

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Series Description:
President Edwards' embosser.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


Edwards: The Interview, 2000-2001
0.2 linear feet.
Catalog Number: 1.2.13.17

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Series Description:
Typescript of the unabridged edition of an interview with President Robert H. Edwards and Blythe Bickel Edwards. The interview was conducted by Scott W. Hood for the Bowdoin magazine and took place in five sessions: August 30, 2000, September 15, 2000, October 16, 2000, January 23, 2001 and February 7, 2001.
Arrangement: Chronological.
General Note:
Restrictions: None.


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