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Department of Philosophy: records

 Record Group
Identifier: A03.05

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Scope and Content

The Department of Philosophy records date from 1920 to 2018 and measure 1 linear foot in 2 boxes (1 oversized). The records are arranged in two series: Administrative and Course materials. The records consist of files pertaining to the running of the program, event posters, examination questions, and other course materials. Further course materials can be found in the manuscript collections of department professors Edward Pols, Phillips Mason, and Charles McGee.


  • Creation: 1918 - 2018


Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Biographica/Historical Note

The Department of Philosophy at Bowdoin College allows students of philosophy to engage in one of the oldest sciences offered in liberal arts institutions. The department tackles fundamental questions about the nature of reality, the place of humans in the world, and the relationships between people. The critical and analytical study of great thinkers is also an essential part of the curriculum. The major consists of nine courses that compartmentalize classes to the unique specialties offered within the department while the minor involves the completion of five courses. Both independent study and an Honors thesis are encouraged to be taken by qualified intermediate and advanced students.


.5 Linear Feet (Oversized materials in Ovsz-Box 7.)

Language of Materials



Bowdoin College Department of Philosophy records including examinations, posters, and course materials.

Related Materials

M368 Charles McGee; M304 Edward Pols; M124 Phillips Mason; A07.03 Study Group on Foundations of Cultural Unity

Separated Materials

Materials from a 1994 accession were removed to create the Charles Douglas McGee papers and add to the Phillips Mason papers. Materials were removed from a 2001 accession to add to the Edward Pols papers and create the Study Group on Foundations of Cultural Unity records. The materials not removed make up the departmental records.

Guide to the Department of Philosophy Records and Publications
Emma Barton-Norris
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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

3000 College Station
Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
(207) 725-3288