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Library: records

 Record Group
Identifier: A05.01

  • Staff Only
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Scope and Contents

Contains collection catalogs, circulation records, correspondence and memoranda, annual reports, and account books relating to the operation of the Library and the expansion of its collections and facilities. Also includes exhibit catalogs, exhibit cards and library bookplates. The bulk of the material is from 1890 on; most is contained within the historical files, which begin with the first librarian, and in the library staff's correspondence files.


  • Creation: 1802 - 2019


Access Restrictions

Some material restricted. Consult series descriptions for specific information.

Use of Digital Collections

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Biographical / Historical

The College's library collections were founded in 1797 with the first gift of books, and were greatly enhanced in the 19th century by the 1811 bequest of the private library of James Bowdoin III and by the incorporation of the Athenaean and >Peucinian Society libraries. The collections of books, journals, government documents, manuscripts and archival items have continued to grow through gift and purchase. King's Chapel and Hubbard Hall were both built to house the collections, which are now contained in the Hawthorne-Longfellow and Hatch Science libraries as well as in several departmental libraries. On-line cataloging through OCLC began in 1973, and the OPAC was installed in 1990; further automation of procedures and services continued through the 1990s. The Bowdoin College Library website was first published in 1996. Content is created by library staff and the website maintained by the Web Technologies Librarian.


64 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Guide to the Library Records
Description rules
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