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Guide to the Office of Admissions Records and Publications , 1860-

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Title:
Office of Admissions: records and publications
Creator:
Bowdoin College. Office of Admissions and Student Aid
ID:
A02.02
Date [inclusive]:
1860-
Extent:
6 Linear Feet
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Office of Admissions: Records and Publications, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

The Office of Admissions is responsible for deciding which students are admitted to the college. Specifically, the office evaluates candidates applying to the college in terms of six factors: academic record, the level of challenge in the candidate's course work, counselor/teacher recommendations and Bowdoin interview, application and essay, overall academic potential, and personal qualitites. In addition, this office produces publications that provide information about the college, the various academic departments, and student life. These brochures are distributed to prospective students.

In 1802, President Joseph McKeen adopted entrance qualifications similar to those required by Harvard University. Based largely on examination, prospective students were required to be knowledgable in Geography, in Walsh's Arithmetic, Cicero's Select Orations, the Bucolics, Georgics, and Aeneid of Virgil, Sallust, the Greek Testament, and Collectanea Graeca Minora. From 1802 to the mid-1800's, it is likely that the members of the faculty administered this test and made admissions decisions. From about 1860 to 1900, the Examining Committee made admissions decisions. In 1900 the Relations with Preparatory Schools Committee first appeared. This faculty committee worked in conjunction with the administrators of preparatory schools in order to administer the Bowdoin Entrance Examinations.

In 1935 Edward S. Hammond, a professor at the college, was appointed the first Director of Admissions. He was replaced in 1946 by Hubert Seely Shaw. In 1991, during a restructuring of the administration, the title Director of Admissions was changed to the Dean of Admissions.

This collection primarily contains promotional material used by the Admissions Office to attract students. Significant holdings include entrance examinations, viewbooks, academic brochures, maps, and application booklets. The earliest record is from 1860; the bulk of the material dates from the mid 1940's.

Series Description:

This series contains entrance examinations and lists of candidates for admission to the College from 1860. These examinations, which were used as the main criterion for admission to the College from 1802 to about 1960, cover general academic subjects including Latin, Algebra, Greek, and English. Announcements for the examinations, reports, articles, and materials concerning entrance examinations are included.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Examinations for Entrance [Candidates for Admission] (1860-71)

volume-folio 1

Admissions [Records] 1876-87

volume-folio 2

Candidates for Admission (1900-19)

volume-folio 3

Students Listed by Secondary School, class 1900 through class 1925

volume-folio 4

Record of Students Listed by Secondary Schools (ca. 1927-36)

volume-folio 5

Admissions Records (1927-48)

volume-folio 6

Admissions Records (1948-59)

volume-folio 7

Admissions Records (1960-67)

volume-folio 8

Entrance Examination Papers

volume-folio 9

Entrance Examination Posters, 1900, 1901

ovsz-box 6

Entrance Examinations: Announcements 1900, 1902

box 1 folder 1

Entrance Exams: n.d., 1880, 1891, 1894, 1900, 1902, 1909

box 1 folder 2

Entrance Exams: 1910-1912, 1916-1918, 1919-1922, n.d.

box 1 folder 3

Entrance Exams: 1926-1933, 1936-1938, n.d.

box 1 folder 4

Entrance Exams: 1939-1942, n.d.

box 1 folder 5

Entrance Exams: 1943

box 1 folder 6

Report of the conference...concerning Entrance Exams 1900

box 1 folder 7

"Optional SAT- Two Years of Testing the Tradition of Tests at Bowdoin," by Richard W. Moll, reprinted from The College Board Review, Winter 1972-73

box 1 folder 8

Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committees Admissions Kit 1976-1977

box 1 folder 9

Series Description:

This series contains viewbooks produced by the Office of Admissions for prospective students from 1905. These viewbooks provide general information about the College and profile the academic program, student life and the campus.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

A Descriptive Pamphlet 1905, Bowdoin College Viewbook 1922

box 1 folder 1

N.D. [circa mid 1930s to mid 1940s]

box 1 folder 2

N.D. [circa late 1960s]

box 1 folder 3

1972-1982

box 1 folder 4-8

1982-1994

box 2 folder 1-8

1994-1995

box 3 folder 1

1995-1996

box 3 folder 2

1996-1997

box 3 folder 3

1997-1998

box 3 folder 4

1998-1999

box 3 folder 5

1999-2000

box 3 folder 6

2000-2001

box 3 folder 7

2001-2002

box 3 folder 8

2002-2003

box 3 folder 9

2003-2004

box 3 folder 10

2004-2005

box 3 folder 11

2005-2006

box 3 folder 12

2006-2007

box 3 folder 13

2007-2008

box 3 folder 14

2008-2009

box 3 folder 15

2009-2010

box 3 folder 16

2010-2011

box 3 folder 17

2011-2012

box 3 folder 18

2012-2013

box 3 folder 19

2013-2014

box 3 folder 20

2014-2015

box 3 folder 21

2015-2016

box 3 folder 22

2016-2017

box 3 folder 23

Series Description:

Series contains brochures offered to prospective students regarding individual academic departments from 1977. These brochures cover general information about the curriculum, major and minor programs, independent study and honors program, facilities and resources, and department faculty. Information about majors' careers is also provided.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by department.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Africana Studies 1977-

box 1 folder 1

Arts 1987-

box 1 folder 2

Asian Studies 1989-

box 1 folder 3

Athletics 1982-

box 1 folder 4

Biology 1989-

box 1 folder 5

Chemistry 1989-

box 1 folder 6

Classics 1990-

box 1 folder 7

Computer Science 1990-

box 1 folder 8

Economics 1989-

box 1 folder 9

Education 1989-

box 1 folder 10

English 1989-

box 1 folder 11

Environmental Studies 1989-

box 1 folder 12

Geology 1990-

box 2 folder 1

German 1988-

box 2 folder 2

Government 1987-

box 2 folder 3

History 1988-

box 2 folder 4

Mathematics 1988-

box 2 folder 5

Philosophy 1988-

box 2 folder 6

Physics 1988-

box 2 folder 7

Psychology 1988-

box 2 folder 8

Religion 1988-

box 2 folder 9

Romance Languages 1988-

box 2 folder 10

Russian 1988-

box 2 folder 11

Sociology and Anthropology 1988-

box 2 folder 12

Series Description:

This series contains general admissions brochures and maps from 1944. This series also includes posters and other publicity information, class profiles, brochures addressing "Blacks at Bowdoin," and manuals for Bowdoin alumni who interview prospective applicants for the admissions office.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Admissions open house brochures, 1998-

box 1 folder 1

Blacks at Bowdoin brochures, [1971], 1974, 1983, 1987

box 1 folder 2

Blacks at Bowdoin - background material for brochures, 1973, 1976-1977, n.d.

box 1 folder 3

Bowdoin Alumni and Admissions brochures, 1955, 1958-1961, 1966

box 1 folder 4

Class profiles, Classes 1967-1981, 1987-1990

box 1 folder 5

Guides for Bowdoin students from different geographical areas, [1999]

box 1 folder 6

Maps and brochures, 1940s

box 1 folder 7

Maps and brochures, 1950s

box 1 folder 8

Maps and brochures, 1960s

box 1 folder 9

Maps and brochures, 1970s

box 1 folder 10

Maps and brochures, 1980s

box 1 folder 11

Maps and brochures, 1990-1998

box 2 folder 1

Maps and brochures, 1999-

box 2 folder 2

Posters, 1982, n.d.

ovsz-box 6

Series Description:

Series contains general announcements and notices produced by the Office of Admissions from 1904. Earlier material is primarily information regarding scholarships and entrance examinations. Records from 1960-1990 include the Maine Day program and records concerning increasing the size of the student body.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Undated material

box 1 folder 1

1904

box 1 folder 2

1918-1919

box 1 folder 3

1931-35

box 1 folder 4

1936-39

box 1 folder 5

1940-45

box 1 folder 6

1946-50

box 1 folder 7

1951-55

box 1 folder 8

1956-60

box 1 folder 9

1961-65

box 1 folder 10

1962 Alumni Conference on Admissions

box 1 folder 11

1966-69

box 1 folder 12

1968 State of Maine Day Program

box 1 folder 13

1970-75

box 1 folder 14

1976-79

box 1 folder 15

1979-80

box 1 folder 16

1980-81

box 1 folder 17

1982-83

box 1 folder 18

1983-84

box 1 folder 19

1984-87

box 1 folder 20

1987-88

box 1 folder 21

1989-

box 1 folder 22

Series Description:

This series consists of booklets containing application forms and materials such as teacher recommendation and financial aid forms. Included are the 1991-1992 application for the 1992-1993 academic year through the 1996-1997 application for the 1997-1998 academic year. There is also a 2000 application for a Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Leadership Scholarship.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Application booklets, 1991-1994

box 1 folder 1

Application booklets, 1995-1997

box 1 folder 2

Application for a Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Leadership Scholarship, 2000

box 1 folder 3
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