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 Record Group
Identifier: A04.12

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Scope and Content

This collection contains the complete run of the Bugle from 1858. Two special issues were published in 1944, one of which is a wartime issue. Also included is an account book for 1915-19. The Bugle contains information about class, fraternity, and society memberships, athletic teams, student organizations, and faculty. Later Bugles provide photos of students and activities, athletic teams, and special events, eg. commencement. The format varies greatly from year to year.


  • Creation: 1858-2012


Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Bugle is the college yearbook. In 1858 a group of four students published the first Bugle, a small pamphlet providing official information and editorials about the college. The Bugle has gone through many changes since its first publication. During the 1880s photographs were introduced and complimented the primarily text-based documentary of the school year. In the early 1920s the introduction of candid photographs gradually led to the replacement of a primarily textual record with a visual record of the year's events. Until the 1940s and the beginning of WWII, the Bugle was published by the junior class for the senior class. After a short lapse in publication, the senior class took over the responsibility of producing their own yearbook. The Bugle is created and published by students. As of 2013 the Bugle ceased print publication.


10.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Guide to the Bugle
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

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