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Starting Your Research

The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives offers access to our collections in support of the research needs of the Bowdoin community and users globally.

Our materials are rare, fragile, unique, or of special collecting interest, and thus only may be used in our reading room under departmental supervision.

While no appointment is necessary to access collections, if you are new to archival research, traveling from afar, or need to access to materials stored offsite we recommend contacting us in advance of your visit.

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room is located on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 1 College Street, Brunswick, Maine.

The College maintains information on planning your visit to Brunswick, including hotels and parking information.