Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Sarah and James Bowdoin Day, 1941-
ID
2.5
Date
1941-
Extent
1.0 linear foot.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Sarah and James Bowdoin Day, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

James Bowdoin Day was initiated in 1941 to recognize undergraduates for excellence in scholarship and to commemorate the Honorable James Bowdoin III (1752-1811), first patron of the College. In 1997, by faculty vote, the College determined that both the commemorative day and the distinction as scholar be changed so as to recognize both Sarah and James Bowdoin. Like her husband, Sarah Bowdoin gave many gifts to the College, including most of the Bowdoin family portraits. In their honor laurel garlands are draped around the Gilbert Stuart portraits of James Bowdoin III and Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The College also flies a special commemorative American flag which was flown over the United States Capitol in 1963 on the birthday of Governor James Bowdoin II. At the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises the College gathers to recognize its highest-ranking scholars and to hear speeches by an outstanding undergraduate and a highly recognized practioner in one of the liberal arts disciplines.


Scope and Content

This collection contains Sarah and James Bowdoin Day programs as well as a number of student responses and some guest addresses delivered at the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises. Also included are blank invitations, blank certificates, and reports of the exercises printed from the Bowdoin/Sun online and Bowdoin Campus News online, including text of some addresses.


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

No restrictions.


General Note

Some of the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises are recorded on audiocassette, videocassette, or both. See Archives staff for specific holdings.


Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1

1941, 1943-1945 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 2

1946-1949 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 3

1950-1954 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 4

1955 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 5

1955 Response by David Lee Hurley (Bowdoin 1956) 

1 6

1956-1959 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 7

1960-1965 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 8

1965 Guest address by E. Bright Wilson, Jr. 

1 9

1966-1967 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 10

1967 Guest address by Thomas Hedley Reynolds 

1 11

1968-1969 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 12

1969 Response by Bruce Edward Cain (Bowdoin 1970) 

1 13

1970 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 14

1970 Response by Gordon Francis Grimes (Bowdoin 1971) 

1 15

1971 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 16

1971 Response by Donald Bruce Lowry (Bowdoin 1972) 

1 17

1972 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 18

1972 Response by Kenneth Vincent Santagata (Bowdoin 1973) 

1 19

1974 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 20

1974 Response by Peter Henry Lotz (Bowdoin 1975) 

1 21

1975 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 22

1975 Response by Alton Davis Hartwell (Bowdoin 1976) 

1 23

1976-1977 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 24

1977 Response by Abbot Kominers (Bowdoin 1978) 

1 25

1978 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 26

1978 Response by Andrea Michele Todaro (Bowdoin 1979) 

1 27

1979 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 28

1980 James Bowdoin Day program and response by Lynn Ann Lazaroff (Bowdoin 1981) 

1 29

1981, 1982 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 30

1982 Guest address by A. Bartlett Giamatti 

1 31

1983-1985 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 32

1985 Response by Joseph Henry LaCasce, Jr. (Bowdoin 1986) 

1 33

1986 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 34

1986 Response by Philip Alcide Morin (Bowdoin 1987) 

1 35

1987 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 36

1987 Response by Aditya Behl (Bowdoin 1988) 

1 37

1988 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 38

1988 Response by Elizabeth D. Boettcher (Bowdoin 1989) 

1 39

1989 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 40

1989 Response by Mary Alice Inman (Bowdoin 1990) 

1 41

1990-1994 James Bowdoin Day programs 

1 42

1994 Guest address by Peter F. Hayes (Bowdoin 1968) 

1 43

1995 James Bowdoin Day program 

1 44

1996 - no James Bowdoin Day ceremony 

1 45

1997 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day program [name changed to Sarah and James Bowdoin Day in 1997] 

1 46

1998 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day program 

1 47

1998 Response by Naeem Ahmed (Bowdoin 2000) 

1 48

1999 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day program 

1 49

1999 Excerpts from guest address by Kenneth Chenault (Bowdoin 1973, Bowdoin Honorand 1996) 

1 50

1999 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day certificate (2 blank copies) 

1 51

2000 Report of Sarah and James Bowdoin Day from the Bowdoin/Sun online 

1 52

2000 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day invitations (2 blank copies) and program 

1 53

2001 Report of Sarah and James Bowdoin Day from the Bowdoin/Sun online, and text of address by President Barry Mills 

1 54

2002 Program, report from the Bowdoin/Sun online, and text of address by President Barry Mills 

1 55

2003 Program, report from the Bowdoin/Sun online, and text of address by President Barry Mills 

1 56

2004 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills and Adam Baber (Bowdoin 2005) 

1 57

2005 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills and Ponnila Sunderi Samuel (Bowdoin 2007) 

1 58

2006 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills and Alicia Michelle White (Bowdoin 2007) 

1 59

2007 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills, Mary J. Carruthers, and Ekaphan "Bier" Kraichak (Bowdoin 2008) 

1 60

2008 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills, David Kertzer, and Samuel Ross Waterbury (Bowdoin 2011) 

1 61

2009 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills and Yongfang Chen (Bowdoin 2010) 

1 62

2010 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills, Louis Menand, and Gina Lynn Lonati (Bowdoin 2012) 

2 1

2011 Program, report from Bowdoin Campus News online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills, Carol R. Berkin, and Samuel Hollingsworth Hanson (Bowdoin 2011) 

2 2

2012 Program, report from Bowdoin campus news online, and text of addresses by President Barry Mills and Daniel Alexander Palken (Bowdoin 2014) 

2 3

2013 Program, and report from Bowdoin campus news online 

2 4

2014 Program, report from Bowdoin campus news online, and text of address by Rachel Nicole Pollinger (Bowdoin 2015)