Special Collections and Archives

Middle Schoolers Use Bowdoin’s Mitchell Archives to Produce Award-Winning Documentary

Matthew Gilbert and Don Strawbridge from Greely Middle School spent hundreds of hours researching the Bowdoin archives as well as interviewing Sen. George Mitchell himself.

New ‘Walk With Harriet’ Tours Explore Stowe’s 1850s Brunswick

Cathi Belcher, a Harriet Beecher Stowe expert and the guide to the Stowe House is launching a new walking tour to show people the places in Brunswick that were important for Stowe as she worked on her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

New Elementary School, Art Show, to Highlight Artist and Botanist Kate Furbish

The prolific illustrator and botanist Kate Furbish, whose work will be celebrated later this year at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is to have a local school named after her. Following a recent decision by the Brunswick school board, the town’s new elementary school, which is expected to open within the next three years, will […]

Ivy Day 1968: Archive Footage of a Much Older Tradition

Check out this archive footage from Ivy Day, filmed on campus fifty years ago and shared recently by Bowdoin College Special Collections & Archives.

An Historical Rainbow: Special Collections Offers A Journey into Color

A historical highlight in the new exhibition is a first-edition copy of Isaac Newton’s 1704 book Opticks, or, A Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light, which radically changed people’s ideas about color. “Through Newton’s experiments, he was able to prove that light, rather than being devoid of color, is actually composed of the different spectral hues of the rainbow,” librarian Marieke Van Der Steenhoven said.

50 Years After the Loss of MLK, Bowdoin Remembers His Historic Visit to Campus

While the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, holds the copyright to the speech Dr. Martin Luther King made in 1964 at Bowdoin, the College has permission to make the audio available online in conjunction with occasions such as the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month.

Follow the Ill-Fated 1913 Crocker Land Expedition Online

A century after their return from four years in the Arctic, the journals and photographs from the 1913-1917 Crocker Land Expedition are now available through a new web portal as a result of a grant from The Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.

“With books in their pockets”: Armed Service Editions at Special Collections

Bowdoin’s Special Collections holds many Armed Services Editions, small and cheaply printed books that were issued for soldiers to take to war. Nancy Noble, a cataloger at Maine Historical Society, shares her thoughts about how these unassuming paperbacks remind us of the power of the written word to change lives.