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Civilian Pilot Training Program: records

 Record Group
Identifier: A03.34

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Scope and Content

The Civilian Pilot Training Program records include correspondence of the program administrator at Bowdoin, physics professor Boyd W. Bartlett; expenditure reports; student applications and related records; the program curriculum and other course materials; and photographs.


  • Creation: 1940-1943


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) was initiated in 1939 by the Roosevelt administration, ostensibly to train pilots at colleges and universities for the benefit of general aviation. However, the military value of the CPTP was clear. With the advent of World War II, the demand for trained pilots was such that many CPTP graduates proceeded immediately into military pilot training.

Bowdoin College sponsored a pilot training program from 1940-1942 under the direction of physics professor Boyd Bartlett. This program took place at Bowdoin and nearby airfields and included both Bowdoin and non-Bowdoin students. Fifteen students enrolled in the first course in the summer of 1940 (ten from Bowdoin); Ann Wood (D’Youville College) was the only woman to be accepted into the program at Bowdoin. In 1942 Ann Wood was one of two dozen American female pilots recruited by the British Air Transport Auxiliary to move military aircraft from factories to military bases.


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Guide to the Civilian Pilot Training Program Records
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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