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College Archives

The Bowdoin College Archives collects and preserves college records that have enduring legal, fiscal, historical, or administrative value, and makes these resources accessible to the public. Archival records document the development and growth of the College, particularly its functions of teaching and learning, its role in the broader community, and the activities of its faculty, student body, and alumni. Records come in many forms and can be physical or electronic. Records may include correspondence, reports, and documents; photographs and audio-visual materials; publications; and three-dimensional objects.

College archival records are organized under the general principal of "office of origin," with records created or collected by a particular office or program kept together. Some records are grouped by type or function, such as student publications. Archival records are described in collection guides, also called finding aids. You can browse a list of archival collections below, or search our finding aids and other resources using the search box above.

For information on scheduling and the disposition of current College records, visit the Records Management section of this website.

Browse or search our collections online.