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Sarah and James Bowdoin Day: records and publications

 Record Group
Identifier: A02.05

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Scope and Content

This collection contains Sarah and James Bowdoin Day programs as well as a number of student responses and some guest addresses delivered at the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises. Also included are blank invitations, blank certificates, and reports of the exercises printed from the Bowdoin/Sun online and Bowdoin Campus News online, including text of some addresses.


  • Creation: 1941 - 2019


Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Bowdoin Day was initiated in 1941 to recognize undergraduates for excellence in scholarship and to commemorate the Honorable James Bowdoin III (1752-1811), first patron of the College. In 1997, by faculty vote, the College determined that both the commemorative day and the distinction as scholar be changed so as to recognize both Sarah and James Bowdoin. Like her husband, Sarah Bowdoin gave many gifts to the College, including most of the Bowdoin family portraits. In their honor laurel garlands are draped around the Gilbert Stuart portraits of James Bowdoin III and Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The College also flies a special commemorative American flag which was flown over the United States Capitol in 1963 on the birthday of Governor James Bowdoin II. At the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises the College gathers to recognize its highest-ranking scholars and to hear speeches by an outstanding undergraduate and a highly recognized practioner in one of the liberal arts disciplines.


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General Note

Some of the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises are recorded on audiocassette, videocassette, or both. See Archives staff for specific holdings.

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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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