Special Collections and Archives

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.

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.