Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Greason, A. LeRoy
Title
A. Leroy Greason papers
ID
M077
Date [inclusive]
1939-2006, undated
Extent
1.75 linear feet
Language
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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


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

Related Materials

Related Materials

For related materials, see the A. LeRoy Greason Administrative Records.


Collection Inventory

 M077.1 Addresses and Lectures, 1952-1991, n.d.   1.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 1

Baccalaureate: 1981-1982 

1 2

Baccalaureate: 1983-1984 

1 3

Baccalaureate: 1985-1986 

1 4

Baccalaureate: 1987-1988 

1 5

Baccalaureate: 1989-1990 

1 6

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

1 7

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

1 8

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

1

Chapel Talks: 1954 Apr 14, Untitled 

1 10

Chapel Talks: 1954 May 6, Untitled 

1 10

Chapel Talks: 1954 Oct 2, Untitled 

1 11

Chapel Talks: 1955 Dec 7, Untitled 

1 12

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

1 13

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

1 14

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

1 15

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

1 16

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

1 17

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

1 18

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

1 19

Chapel Talks: 1964 Nov 18, Untitled 

1 20

Chapel Talks: 1965 May 21, Untitled 

1 20

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

1 21

Chapel Talks: 1967 Oct 9, Untitled 

1 22

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

1 23

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

1 24

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

1 25

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

1 26

Chapel Talks: 1985 Apr 21, Untitled 

2 1

Chapel Talks: 1988 Sep 21, Untitled 

2 2

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

2 3

Chapel talks - miscellaneous 

2 4

Chapel talks - undated and untitled 

2 5

Commencement, 1981 

2 6

Convocations: 1981 

2 7

Convocations: 1982-1983 

2 8

Convocations: 1984-1985 

2 9

Convocations: 1986-1987 

2 10

Convocations: 1988-1989 

2 11

Eulogies, 1981, 1988-1989, n.d. 

2 12

Freshmen and Parents: 1962, 1967 

2 13

Freshmen and Parents: 1969-1971 

2 14

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

2 15

Freshmen and Parents: 1983-1986 

2 16

Freshmen and Parents: 1987-1989 

2 17

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

2 18

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

2 19

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

2 20

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

2 21

High School Commencements: Inauguration/dedication speeches, 1982 

2 22

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

3 1-2

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

3 3

1961 Sep, "On Humanities" 

3 4

1955 May 21, "Ivy Weekend" 

3 4

1963 May 17, "Ivy Weekend" 

3 5

1965 Jun, "Recognition/Awards Assembly" 

3 6

1970 Nov 11, "Academic Programs" 

3 7

1984, "Common Good" 

3 8

1985, "Bowdoin and 'The Common Good'" 

3 9

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

3 10

1991 Oct 30, "Football Rally" 

3 11

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

3 12

Radio address, 1958-1959 


 M077.2 Class Materials, 1952-1981   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
3 13

English class enrollments, 1952-1981 

3 14

English 9 assignments and exams: 1959-1960 

3 15

English 9 assignments and exams: 1960-1961 

3 16

English 9 assignments and exams: 1961-1962 

3 17

English 10 assignments and exams: 1959-1961 

3 18

English 10 assignments and exams: 1961-1962 


 M077.3 American Association of University Professors (AAUP), 1976-1980   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
3 19

American Association of University Professors: 1976 

3 20

American Association of University Professors: 1978 

3 21

American Association of University Professors: 1979 

3 22

American Association of University Professors: 1979 

3 23

American Association of University Professors: 1980 


 M077.4 Realia, 1939-2006, undated 

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.

Box Folder
4 1

Diploma from Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, 1939 

4 2

Honorary degree regalia, Wesleyan University, 1987 

4 3

Honorary degree regalia, Colby College, 1989 

4 4

Honorary degree regalia, Bates College, 1990 

4 5

Program from 1990 Commencement, 1990 

4 6

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

4 7

Honorary degree regalia, University of New England, 2006 

4 8

Paul Harris Fellow Certicate, n.d. 

Box
5

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

5

Bowdoin College Black Cap, n.d. 

5

Paul Harris Fellow Medal and Pin, n.d. 

5

Black robe with ALG monogram, n.d. 

Ovsz-Box
6

Blue, Black, & White Sash 

6

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

6

Red, Black, & White Sash from Wesleyan University 

6

Red & Black PhD. Sash from Harvard University 

6

Green, Black, & White Sash from Bowdoin College 

6

Burgundy, Black, & White Sash from Bates College 

6

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

6

Honorary degree from Bowdoin College, 1990 Commencement 

6

Honorary degree regalia, Bowdoin College, 1990 

6

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