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A. Leroy Greason Papers M077

Title:
A. Leroy Greason papers
Creator:
Greason, A. LeRoy
ID:
M077
Date [inclusive]:
1939-2006, undated
Extent:
1.75 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection consists primarily of addresses and lectures written by Greason relating to his presidency of Bowdoin College.
Preferred Citation:

A. LeRoy Greason Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

A. LeRoy Greason was born in Newport, Rhode Island on September 13, 1922. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1945, received a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and in 1990 an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowdoin College. Greason was professor of English at Bowdoin from 1952 until 1981, dean of students from 1963-1966, and dean of the College from 1966 to 1975. In 1981 he was inaugurated as the twelfth president of Bowdoin College, a position he held until 1990. During his presidency he instituted new distribution requirements and placed an emphasis on a writing program for first year students. Greason also expanded the arts curriculum and tackled many environmental concerns. He encouraged diversification at Bowdoin by actively attracting students and faculty of racial and ethnic minorities. In addition, Greason developed the computer science, Asian studies and women's studies departments and initiated the construction of both Farley Field House and Hatch Science Library.

A. LeRoy Greason died in Brunswick on August 28, 2011. He is survived by his three children, Randall, Katherine, and Douglas, and four grandchildren. His wife, Pauline "Polly" Schaaf Greason, predeceased him in 2007.

The collection consists primarily of addresses and lectures written by Greason relating to his presidency of the College. Addresses include baccalaureate and convocation speeches, lectures given to incoming students and parents, alumni addresses, speaker introductions and chapel talks. Also included are various speeches written for local community organizations and high school convocations, class notes created by Greason when he was an English professor at Bowdoin, and papers documenting the activities of the American Association of University Professors at Bowdoin College. Also includes diplomas and regalia for Masters, PhD, and honorary degrees. For related materials, see the A. LeRoy Greason Administrative Records.

Series Description:

Addresses and lectures written by Greason for Bowdoin occasions and gatherings including baccalaureate, convocation, commencement, chapel talks and alumni events. Also includes various addresses given to local community organizations and schools.

Arrangement:

Alphabetical by subject, then chronological.

Baccalaureate: 1981-1982

Box 1 Folder 1

Baccalaureate: 1983-1984

Box 1 Folder 2

Baccalaureate: 1985-1986

Box 1 Folder 3

Baccalaureate: 1987-1988

Box 1 Folder 4

Baccalaureate: 1989-1990

Box 1 Folder 5

Bowdoin alumni addresses, 1958-1990, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

Bowdoin organizations addresses, 1957-1981, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Chapel Talks: 1953 Oct 3, "The Nature of Value Judgments: Wesleyan v. Bowdoin Football"

Box 1 Folder 8

Chapel Talks: 1954 Apr 14, Untitled

Box 1 Folder

Chapel Talks: 1954 May 6, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 10

Chapel Talks: 1954 Oct 2, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 10

Chapel Talks: 1955 Dec 7, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 11

Chapel Talks: 1956 Apr 9, "Basic English" 1957 Jan 8, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 12

Chapel Talks: 1957 Sep 8, "Honor System" 1958 Oct 4, "Heroism"

Box 1 Folder 13

Chapel Talks: 1959 Oct 26, "Esse Quane Videri" 1961 Nov 6, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 14

Chapel Talks: 1960 Mar 10,"Charity" 1960 Oct 17, "Summer Programs"

Box 1 Folder 15

Chapel Talks: 1962 Apr 4, "Poetry and Bowdoin" 1963 Apr 29, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 16

Chapel Talks: 1963 Sep 30, "Things of this World"

Box 1 Folder 17

Chapel Talks: 1963 Dec 4, "Chapel: Social Rules and Orientation"

Box 1 Folder 18

Chapel Talks: 1964 Nov 18, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 19

Chapel Talks: 1965 May 21, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 20

Chapel Talks: 1965 Oct 12, "Fraternities at Bowdoin"

Box 1 Folder 20

Chapel Talks: 1967 Oct 9, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 21

Chapel Talks: 1969 Oct 15, "Vietnam Moratorium Forum"

Box 1 Folder 22

Chapel Talks: 1970 May 11, "How Students Live"

Box 1 Folder 23

Chapel Talks: 1983 Nov 7, "Anticipation of Veteran's Day"

Box 1 Folder 24

Chapel Talks: 1984 Apr 11, "Fraternities at Bowdoin"

Box 1 Folder 25

Chapel Talks: 1985 Apr 21, Untitled

Box 1 Folder 26

Chapel Talks: 1988 Sep 21, Untitled

Box 2 Folder 1

Chapel Talks: 1990 Jan 24, "E Pluribus Unum"

Box 2 Folder 2

Chapel talks - miscellaneous

Box 2 Folder 3

Chapel talks - undated and untitled

Box 2 Folder 4

Commencement, 1981

Box 2 Folder 5

Convocations: 1981

Box 2 Folder 6

Convocations: 1982-1983

Box 2 Folder 7

Convocations: 1984-1985

Box 2 Folder 8

Convocations: 1986-1987

Box 2 Folder 9

Convocations: 1988-1989

Box 2 Folder 10

Eulogies, 1981, 1988-1989, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 11

Freshmen and Parents: 1962, 1967

Box 2 Folder 12

Freshmen and Parents: 1969-1971

Box 2 Folder 13

Freshmen and Parents: 1972, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1982

Box 2 Folder 14

Freshmen and Parents: 1983-1986

Box 2 Folder 15

Freshmen and Parents: 1987-1989

Box 2 Folder 16

High School Commencements: Bridgton (1972), Falmouth (n.d.), Freeport (1963), Hampden (1958)

Box 2 Folder 17

High School Commencements: Hebron (n.d.), Husson (1965), Lincoln Academy (1961)

Box 2 Folder 18

High School Commencements: North Shore (n.d.), North Yarmouth (1984), St. Josephs (1967)

Box 2 Folder 19

High School Commencements: Stephens (1968), Waldoboro (1960), Waterville (1961)

Box 2 Folder 20

High School Commencements: Inauguration/dedication speeches, 1982

Box 2 Folder 21

High School Commencements: Introductions of guest speakers, 1966-1989, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 22

Local organizations addresses (organized alphabetically),1955-1989, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 1-2

1961 Sep, "On Humanities"

Box 3 Folder 3

1955 May 21, "Ivy Weekend"

Box 3 Folder 4

1963 May 17, "Ivy Weekend"

Box 3 Folder 4

1965 Jun, "Recognition/Awards Assembly"

Box 3 Folder 5

1970 Nov 11, "Academic Programs"

Box 3 Folder 6

1984, "Common Good"

Box 3 Folder 7

1985, "Bowdoin and 'The Common Good'"

Box 3 Folder 8

1987, "Reading for the Boards: Life in the Ivory Tower" (plus correspondence)

Box 3 Folder 9

1991 Oct 30, "Football Rally"

Box 3 Folder 10

Newspaper clippings and articles, 1952-1982, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 11

Radio address, 1958-1959

Box 3 Folder 12

Series Description:

Examinations and assignments created by Greason when he was an English professor at Bowdoin College. Also includes a class enrollment list for English classes taught by Greason from 1952-1981.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

English class enrollments, 1952-1981

Box 3 Folder 13

English 9 assignments and exams: 1959-1960

Box 3 Folder 14

English 9 assignments and exams: 1960-1961

Box 3 Folder 15

English 9 assignments and exams: 1961-1962

Box 3 Folder 16

English 10 assignments and exams: 1959-1961

Box 3 Folder 17

English 10 assignments and exams: 1961-1962

Box 3 Folder 18

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Correspondence, briefs and meeting notes documenting the activities of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at Bowdoin College from 1976-1980.

American Association of University Professors: 1976

Box 3 Folder 19

American Association of University Professors: 1978

Box 3 Folder 20

American Association of University Professors: 1979

Box 3 Folder 21

American Association of University Professors: 1979

Box 3 Folder 22

American Association of University Professors: 1980

Box 3 Folder 23

Series Description:

Includes Greason’s Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Harvard University, and diplomas and reagalia for several honorary degree awarded to Greason by colleges and universities including Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby.

Diploma from Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, 1939

Box 4 Folder 1

Honorary degree regalia, Wesleyan University, 1987

Box 4 Folder 2

Honorary degree regalia, Colby College, 1989

Box 4 Folder 3

Honorary degree regalia, Bates College, 1990

Box 4 Folder 4

Program from 1990 Commencement, 1990

Box 4 Folder 5

Honorary degree regalia, University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1992

Box 4 Folder 6

Honorary degree regalia, University of New England, 2006

Box 4 Folder 7

Paul Harris Fellow Certicate, n.d.

Box 4 Folder 8

Pure silk tie, "woven in England, exclusively for the President of Bowdoin College," n.d.

Box 5

Bowdoin College Black Cap, n.d.

Box 5

Paul Harris Fellow Medal and Pin, n.d.

Box 5

Black robe with ALG monogram, n.d.

Box 5

Blue, Black, & White Sash

Ovsz-Box 6

Purple, Yellow, Black, & White Sash from University of Maine

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Red, Black, & White Sash from Wesleyan University

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Red & Black PhD. Sash from Harvard University

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Green, Black, & White Sash from Bowdoin College

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Burgundy, Black, & White Sash from Bates College

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Purple, Mauve, Black, & White Sash from Colby College

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Honorary degree from Bowdoin College, 1990 Commencement

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Honorary degree regalia, Bowdoin College, 1990

Ovsz-Box 6

Diplomas: Masters of Art, 1947 & Doctor of Philosophy, 1954, Harvard University

Ovsz-Box 6
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