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Department of History: records

 Record Group
Identifier: A03.10

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Scope and Content

Records of the Department of History including a Visiting Committee report, memorandums, miscellaneous examinations, and syllabi.


  • Creation: 1903-2018


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

History was formally recognized as an academic subject at Bowdoin in 1878 when the Boards asked the faculty to prepare a course of reading in United States History and give the students an examination at the end of the year. The following year President Chamberlain reported the coursework was not sufficient and taught classes in history himself. With Chamberlain's resignation and at the request of students, the Boards appointed Professor Charles H. Smith, Professor of History and Political Science, a professorship which included Economics. In 1894 at the urging of President Hyde, a separate professorship was established for Economics and Sociology. History continued to be combined with Political Science until the 1915-1916 academic year, when the course of instruction was referred to as History and Government in the annual catalogue. Beginning with the 1936-1937 academic year the annual catalogue shows the separation of History and Government into two distinct departments.


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Guide to the Department of History Records
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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