Special Collections and Archives
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.
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.
The exhibition, which the students themselves have researched and curated, involved close collaboration with the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Colletions & Archives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The turning of the page of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” is a revealing event you won’t want to miss.
On Monday, April 11, Bowdoin will celebrate the opening of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s archives.
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.
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.