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Board of Trustees: votes and records

 Record Group
Identifier: A01.01

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Scope and Content

The records of the Board of Trustees are the official records of Bowdoin College. Included in the records are the official minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers (until 1996), and records of their votes, policies and decisions. There is a collection of printed by-laws and rules dating from 1817 to the present that document the changes in the nature and scope of the Boards' interests and power. There is biographical information on Board members, and printed directories of members. Also included are committee records and reports from both temporary and long-standing Board committees. See the series list for available committee records. Additional Governing Boards material can be found in the collections of the Office of the President: Administrative Records.


  • Creation: 1788-2022

Access Restrictions

Some material restricted. Consult series descriptions for specific restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Governing Boards originally consisted of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers. This bicameral system was created by the Charter of Bowdoin College in 1794. Most votes of the Trustees needed approval by the Overseers, who also approved the Chair of the Board of Trustees. In 1996, the charter was amended to abolish the Board of Overseers and establish a single governing unit, the Board of Trustees. Currently, the Board must meet three times each year, with one of the meetings held during Commencement week. Student charges are fixed by the Board, as is the College budget. The Board also has the power to appoint the President, Deans, and faculty, and grant or deny tenure to the faculty. The Board receives reports each year from its own committees and from the President of the College and the Treasurer of the College, among others.


51.5 Linear Feet

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Accruals Note

Accruals of minutes and votes received annually.

Guide to the Board of Trustees Votes and Records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

3000 College Station
Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
(207) 725-3288