Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Capital Campaign of Bowdoin College, 1956-1967
ID
1.11
Date
1956-1967
Extent
2.5 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Capital Campaign of Bowdoin College, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

The opening of the Capital Campaign was announced officially at Commencement in June 1962. The start of the campaign was the culmination of almost ten years of planning following the Sesquicentennial celebration in 1952. In June 1961, following a recommendation made by the Development Committee, the Governing Boards voted to begin a capital campaign the following June. The Campaign was directed by a national committee comprised of Governing Boards members and alumni. Phase 1 Chairman of the national committee was Charles A. Cary (Bowdoin, 1910). Phase 2 Chairman was Sanford B. Cousins (Bowdoin, 1920). The national committee was responsible for recruiting regional volunteers to make personal appeals to alumni in their areas. Even though it was believed to be ambitious, the committee, decided upon a goal of $10 million. In June 1963 the Ford Foundation offered a challenge grant of $2.5 million if Bowdoin had $7.5 million in hand by June 1966. When the campaign closed June 30, 1966, the college had exceeded the challenge with over $10.3 million in subscriptions. A portion of the funds acquired during the Capital Campaign were added to the endowment. The remaining funds were used to build the Senior Center, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, a new gymnasium and to renovate a number of other existing facilities, including dormitories, Hubbard Hall and Moulton Union.


Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Capital Campaign of Bowdoin College. Files contain general information on the campaign, including correspondence regarding plans, progress and committee activities. Files also include summary information of campaign activities, including official reports and appeal and progress brochures.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

Closed for 75 years from date of creation.


Collection Inventory

1.11.1: Chronological Files, 1956-1967   1.0 linear foot.

Series Description:

This series contains records of the Capital Campaign of Bowdoin College. Files contain campaign pamphlets; correspondence concerning campaign progress and committee activities; and votes of the Governing Boards votes regarding campaign issues. Also included are records with information on bequests, giving and proposed plans for the use of campaign funds.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for 75 years from date of creation.

Box Folder
1 1

To Build a Better Bowdoin- 1956 

1 2

Campaign Objectives 1962 

1 3

Presentation to the Boards- Jan. 26, 1962 

1 4

Governing Boards Vote 2/3/62 

1 5

Commemorative Gifts- 2/12/62 

1 6

Records of Assignments Feb. 19, 1962 

1 7

Insider's Statement- March 1962 

1 8

Information and Promotion Plan- April 3, 1962 

1 9

Taxes and Giving to Bowdoin, April 15, 1962 

1 10

Brochure (Advance Draft) May 1962 

1 11

Library Bulletin June 1962 

1 12

National Committee Meeting- 6/13/62 

1 13

Outline for Commencement Luncheon, 1962 Jun 16 

1 14

Objectives of Campaign 6/16/62 

1 15

Final Report of Sub-committee on Curriculum for Senior Center 5/7/62 

1 16

Area Executive Chairman Sept. 17, 1962- Nov. 1962 

1 17

Clipping- Education Symposium 10/11/62 

1 18

Clippings Concerning Announcement of Campaign- 6/17/62-10/21/62 

1 19

Announcement of Gift 10/21/62 

1 20

Bequest (Sample Kit) Oct. 23, 1962 

1 21

Annuities and Giving to Bowdoin- 11/19/62 

1 22

Library Bulletin February 1963 

1 23

Commencement and Reunion Weekend '63 (in conjunction with Campaign) 

1 24

National Committee Meeting 6/12/63 

1 25

Memo to Area Chairmen 6/28/63 

1 26

Clippings of Announcement of Ford Grant 4/28/63 

1 27

Clipping Announcing Ford Grant 6/28/63 

1 28

Bowdoin Life Income Plan 7/6/63 

2 1

Weekly Reports and Various Bulletins 7/19/57-11/11/63 

2 2

Metropolitan New York Ad Hoc Committee Meeting Oct. 14-23, 1963 

2 3

Contractors - 20 September 1965 - 17 October 1963 

2 4

Rated Prospects of Donors 12/17/63- 1/14/64 [Closed] 

2 5

Weekly Reports and Various Bulletins 11/21/63-9/21/64 

2 6

Moulton Union Brochure Jan. 1965 

2 7

Memos Concerning Final Stages- 11/17/63- 12/23/63 

2 8

Continuing Campaign (After 1966) 

2 9

Final Report March, 1967 (same as Bowdoin College Bulletin #364) 

2 10

175th Anniversary Campaign Program - brochures. 1972. 

2 11

175th Anniversary Campaign Program - brochures. 1972. 

2 12

175th Anniversary Campaign Program - memos and updates. 19 October 1972 - 21 March 1974. 

2 13

Campus Plan, Year 2000. 10 April 1979. 


1.11.2: Alphabetical Files, 1954-1967   1.75 linear feet.

Series Description:

This series contains alphabetical files of the Capital Campaign of Bowdoin College. Files contain information on giving and potential individual and corporate subscribers (including the Ford Foundation challenge grant). Files also contain general correspondence, addresses and financial information.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

Close for 75 years from date of creation.

Volume
1

Fund-Raising Study and Plan of Campaign for Bowdoin College 

2-3

Classification of Alumni by Class, Washington, D.C. [2 parts] 

4

Campaign Results 

Box Folder
1 1

Admissions 

1 2

Alumni-Hokanson, W.A. 3/16/62-4/28/64 

1 3

Banks, Securities 12/18/62-5/7/64 

1 4

Bowdoin Publishing Co. 

1 5

Brochures 1963 

1 6

Bureau for Research in Municipal Government 1960 

1 7

Addresses by President COLES 4/3/62- 2/28/63 

1 8

President COLES' Special Letters 2/16/63- 4/24/63 

1 9

President COLES' Trips to N.Y. and West Coast 2/13/63-5/23/63 

1 10

Correspondence 10/21/1961-3/28/1962 

1 11

Correspondence 4/2/1962-4/11/1963 

1 12

Correspondence 8/21/1963-1/25/1965 

1 13

(Lists) DISTINGUISHED Faculty and Alumni 1962 

1 14

Foundations 1/3 

1 15

Foundations 2/3 

1 16

Foundations 3/3 

2 1

Foundations-Gift Reports 

2 2

Gift Prospects-non-organized Group (Lists) [Closed] 

2 3

Gift Reports 3/29/57-4/15/63 

2 4

(New) GYM Publications 1962-63 

2 5

Hokanson, Wolcott A. Files (Campaign Director) 

2 6

Hokanson Files (incl. Fund-Raising Report and Recommendations for Bowdoin College) 

2 7

Leadership Conference 8/8/62-8/16/62 

2 8

Leadership Conference 9/10/62-10/25/62 

2 9

Leadership Conference 12/4/62-12/28/62 

2 10

Leadership Conference Jan-Feb 1/2 

2 11

Leadership Conference Jan-Feb 2/2 

2 12

Leadership Conference Pamphlets 

2 13

Leadership Conference II 12/17/62- 12/28/62 

3 1

Leadership Conference II 1/2/63-1/11/63 

3 2

Leadership Conference II 1/16/63-2/5/63 

3 3

Legal Matters and Gifts 8/7/62-10/28/62 

3 4

(New) LIBRARY Publications '62-'63 

3 5

Library Symposium 8/14/62-10/12/62 

3 6

Library Symposium 11/29/62-11/11/63 

3 7

Life Income Plan and Reminder Form 

3 8

Miscellaneous Correspondence 6/1/62- 3/24/66 

3 9

Bela NORTON Correspondence 3/22/1954- 7/20/1959 

3 10

Pamphlets 

3 11

Personnel (Fund-Raisers) 1/2/62-8/13/62 and (Undated Resumes) 

3 12

Personnel 8/15/62-12/6/63 

3 13

Progress Bulletins 11/15/62-5/15/63 

3 14

Progress Bulletins 6/7/63-3/30/64 

3 15

Progress Bulletins 11/15/62-6/19/64 

3 16

Publications Promoting Campaign June 1963-64 

3 17

Sales Tax Notices 2/15/61-5/28/63 

3 18

Senior Center Publications 1962-63 

3 19

Senior Center Dedication 9/26/64-10/20/64 

3 20

Senior Center Open House 8/12/64-10/18/64 

4 1

Senior Center-Guide Tour Information 

4 2

Senior Center Symposium 7/6/62-10/14/62 

4 3

Senior Center Symposium 6/19/62-10/12/62 

4 4

Senior Center Symposium 10/12/62-10/18/62 

4 5

Senior Center Symposium 10/24/62-12/3/62 

4 6

Senior Center Symposium Addresses (10/26/62-11/1/62) 

4 7

Solicitation 6/7/63-8/22/63 

4 8

Washington Conference 1960