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Town and College Club records (M263)

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Title:
Town and College Club records
Creator:
Town and College Club (Brunsick, Me.).
ID:
M263
Date [inclusive]:
1884-1985
Extent:
0.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains seven volumes of records and minutes of the Town and College Club from 1884-1953. There are annual cards through 1953 listing the schedule of the meetings, speakers, topics, and members. In addition, there are histories, essays, a 100th anniversary booklet published in 1984, and newspaper clippings.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Town and College Club Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

The Town and College Club, originally referred to as "The Club," was formed in 1884 by Bowdoin professors Henry Johnson and George T. Little. They modeled the club on a social club at Hamilton College which they learned of through their colleague Dr. Samuel Gilman Brown, a Bowdoin professor and ex-president of Hamilton College. The club consisted of an equal number of gentlemen from Brunswick and faculty from Bowdoin who met over dinner, wine, and cigars to listen to a paper presented by one of the members, followed by lively, but courteous discussion. In its early years the club was also referred to as "the Gentlemen's Club" to distinguish it from another local literary club which included men and women. The name officially became "The Town and College Club" in 1910. There were no dues, early meetings were in local homes, and the meetings promoted goodwill between town and college. As the club approached its 100th anniversary, meetings were moved from local homes to public meeting places or the Bowdoin campus, members could invite guests, and women were admitted. After the 1980s, the functions of the Town and College Club were taken over by other organizations, such as the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

The collection contains seven volumes of records and minutes from 1884-1953. There are annual cards through 1953 listing the schedule of the meetings, speakers, topics, and members. In addition, there are histories, essays, a 100th anniversary booklet published in 1984, and newspaper clippings.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains records books with lists of members, meeting minutes, and programs.

1884-1888, Record of "The Club"

Volume 1

1888-1896, Record of "The Club"

Volume 2

1896-1906, Record of "The Club"

Volume 3

1906-1922: Record of "The Club"

Volume 4

1923-1926, Record of "The Club"

Volume 5

1927-1942, Town and College Club records

Volume 6

1942-1953, Town and College Club records

Volume 7

1985 Jan 3, minutes of the Town and College Club meeting

Box 1 Folder 1

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

This series contains brief histories of the Town and College Club as well as material from the 1984 one hundredth anniversary of the club. Lists of members, meeting schedules, topics, speakers, essays, and newspaper clippings regarding the club are also included.

1896-1953 (some years missing), Annual cards with schedules of meetings, speakers, topics, and lists of members

Box 1 Folder 2

1952, "A Remarkable Bowdoin Decade: 1820-1830" by Wilmot Brookings Mitchell, a paper read at a meeting of the Town and College Club, 1950 Dec 1

Box 1 Folder 3

1954, "Three Score and Ten: The Town and College Club 1884-1954., an Historical Essay" by Wilmot Brookings Mitchell

Box 1 Folder 4

1959, "Town and College Club: A Passing Note on its Seventy-Fifth Aniversary," by J.A. Robinson

Box 1 Folder 5

1976, "Bowdoin's Old Medical School," prepared for the Town and College Club by Samuel E. Kamerling (typescript)

Box 1 Folder 6

1979, "Going on One Hundred," a breif history and membership roster by Philip S. Wilder

Box 1 Folder 7

1984, Booklet, "One Hundredth Anniversary: Town and College Club, 1884-1984"

Box 1 Folder 8

[1984], Invitation and RSVP card for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Town and College Club

Box 1 Folder 9

[1984], List compiled by Samuel A. Ladd, Jr., Centennial Committee, illustrating the mark left on Bowdoin and the community by members of the Town and College Club

Box 1 Folder 10

1984, Newspaper clippings regarding the Town and College Club

Box 1 Folder 11

[1984], Titles of essays presented at meetings 1954-1984; list prepared by Philip C. Beam, Program Committee

Box 1 Folder 12
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