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Bowdoin College Catalogue

 Record Group
Identifier: A06.03

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the Academic Handbook from 2015 to 2019, and a website archive of the Catalogue and Academic Handbook from 2020 onwards.

The published Bowdoin College Catalogue has been cataloged separately here.


  • Creation: 1807 - 2023


Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Use of Digital Collections

Digital materials may be used for research, educational, and non-commercial purposes without our written permission. For information about publication, visit our policies page or contact

Biographical / Historical

The Catalogue was first published in 1807 as a single page broadside with the names of administrators, faculty, and students. As the College expanded, so did the Catalogue, including information on the academic calendar, curriculum, admissions policies, finances, campus buildings, and student life. In the 2010-2011 academic year the College Catalogue began online publication on Bowdoin's website, while also maintaining print publication. In 2015, the Catalogue was renamed the Academic Handbook: Policies and Procedures. This change reflects the transition of individual course listings and descriptions from the printed publication to an electronic format published on Bowdoin's website. In Fall 2019 the format and delivery of the Catalogue was restructured and the new College Catalogue and Academic Handbook made available online, powered by CourseLeaf. The Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook is updated annually and overseen by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs and the Office of the Registrar.


13.75 Linear Feet

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Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available on Bowdoin Digital Commons.

Guide to the Bowdoin College Catalogue
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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

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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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