Special Collections and Archives

“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.

No White Gloves: College Archives Give Students Hands-on History, Including the History of Race at Bowdoin

Each year, librarian Marieke Van Der Steenhoven scours the course catalog to pick out classes that might overlap with Bowdoin’s archives, which are vast and varied. “Bowdoin has such amazing collections, they are really remarkable,” she said.

‘Bound and Determined’: Special Collections Curates Book Exhibition with a Twist

“We approached this exhibit in a totally different way. We look at the physical aspects of the book—the binding, the paper, the illustrations, the print—not at what the book is about or what it says.”

The Last of the Heath Hens: Special Collections Receives Grant to Preserve 1930s Ornithological Research

It’s full circle moment for Edward Minot, the interim director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island. Films documenting ornithological research done in the 1930s by his grandfather, Bowdoin professor of biology Alfred Otto Gross, Kent Island’s first director, will be digitized and preserved, thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Digital Tools Open Up Bowdoin’s Past to Students

The following story explores the ways in which students, staff, and faculty are applying digital technology to analyze old texts and objects.

Special Collections & Archives Summer Hours

Special Collections & Archives assumes modified public hours this summer, beginning Monday, June 5. Come explore the College’s rare books, manuscripts, and archival records this summer on weekdays between 1:00-5:00 p.m. or by appointment.

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.