Special Collections and Archives

Oliver Otis Howard Papers: Mass Digitization Project Complete

A mammoth digitization project designed to enable public access to the papers of one of Bowdoin’s most distinguished alumni is now complete. In 2014, the College received a $150,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the Oliver Otis Howard Papers.

Biographer Peter Logan ’75 Discusses Audubon, ‘The Greatest Naturalist’

Peter B. Logan ’75, the author of a new biography of John James Audubon (1785-1851), visited campus on Thursday and Friday to give a public talk and meet with students, staff, and faculty who are interested in printmaking and conservation.

Students Learn Art of Curating as They Research Photography Exhibit

The exhibition, which the students themselves have researched and curated, involved close collaboration with the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Colletions & Archives.

New Construction on Campus: Gingerbread Houses

Groups of students affiliated with campus offices competed last week to see who could build the most elaborate gingerbread house. The Outing Club, Student Center for Multicultural Life, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Women’s Resource Center, Counseling Services, and Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity all made some seriously detailed masterpieces.

‘Audubon’s Canadian Epiphany’: A Review of Peter Logan ’75’s Biography of John James Audubon

Peter Logan ’75 focuses on John James Audubon’s Labrador period in his biography, “Audubon: America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery in Labrador.” Read about what The Weekly Standard calls “Audubon’s Canadian epiphany” in its review.

Plant Pressing: Doing as Botanist Kate Furbish Did

A botanist recently visited Hatch Library at Bowdoin to show students and staff how to collect and press plant specimens for an herbarium. The demonstration was inspired by botanist Kate Furbish, who lived in Brunswick in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and collected and preserved more than 8,000 Maine plants in her lifetime.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Her House, Her Novel: The Most Common Questions

Cathi Belcher, the docent of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, has begun holding monthly “Tea with Harriet” events, inviting visitors into the newly opened home to see where Stowe wrote her famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Belcher has answered some of visitors’ most frequently asked questions.

Blooming Book: Watch the Launch of ‘Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors’

Check out the launch of ‘Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors’ with remarks by Rowman & Littlefield CEO Jed Lyons ’74, former Special Collections Director Richard Lindemann and Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s Melissa Cullina.

Slideshow: ‘Botanizing America’ Celebrates the Nation’s Professional and Amateur Scientists

The exhibition, “Botanizing America: Citizens, Scientests, and the Quest for a National Identity,” recently opened on the second floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow library and it explores the rich history of botany in the US through a selections of botanical imprints, field reports, and personal sketchbooks.

Botanist Kate Furbish ‘Gets Her Due’ with Book of Flora Paintings

A ‘Portland Press Herald’ article calls attention to the

Storied Stowe House: Katie Randall ’16 on Finding Passions at Bowdoin — And in Its History

Katie Randall ’16, whose research into the College’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House led to its inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom by the National Park Service, writes of the findings—both historical and personal—she discovered along the way.

A Big Book of Wildflowers: Kate Furbish’s Botanical Drawings

Bowdoin Library has recently partnered with Jed Lyons ’74, president and CEO of Rowman & Littlefield, to publish, for the first-time, a complete two-volume edition of Furbish’s illustrations of Maine’s flowering plants and conifers.

A Real Page Turner: Flipping Out Over Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’

The turning of the page of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” is a revealing event you won’t want to miss.

Opening of the Archives: Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission

On Monday, April 11, Bowdoin will celebrate the opening of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s archives.

Taste Test: Cracking Open Bowdoin’s Cookbook Collection on WCSH’S ‘207’

The Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery, donated to the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives in fall 2015, was featured in a segment on WCSH.

Romance is Eternal, and Bowdoin’s Special Collections Can Prove It

Love letters and other love-related momentos were set out for public view at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library on Wednesday, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.