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Edward Pols papers

Identifier: M304

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Scope and Content

The Edward Pols papers date from 1970 to 1996 and measure 1 linear foot in 2 boxes. The papers are arranged in four series: Correspondence, Notes, Talks, and Professional. The Correspondence series primarily includes correspondence with publishers, former students, and colleagues. Notes regarding subject material and book ideas can be found in the Notes series. Also included in the papers are invitations to give presentations at various colleges and universities and miscellaneous records of the 1970 Bowdoin strike, a legal case, and department review.


  • Creation: 1970-1996


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Biographical/Historical Note

Born in Newark, New Jersey on February 1, 1919, Edward Pols went on graduate from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in English. After serving in the army during and after WWII, Pols returned to Harvard to pursue a doctorate in philosophy. After working as an instructor in philosophy at Princeton University, Pols joined the department of philosophy at Bowdoin College. In 1965 he chaired the Bowdoin Conference for the Study Group on Foundations of Cultural Unity (see A07.03). In 1975, he was named Bowdoin's William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the Humanities. In 2001, the new home of the philosophy department was named the Edward Pols House in his honor. Pols died on August 14, 2005.


1 Linear Feet

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Papers of Bowdoin philosophy professor Edward Pols includes correspondence with publishers, former students, and colleagues and notes regarding subject material and book ideas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Bennet Pols in 2010 and additions were transferred by the Department of Philosophy in 2001.

Related Materials

A03.05 Department of Philosophy A07.03 Study Group on Foundations of Cultural Unity

Guide to the Edward Pols papers
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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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