Bowdoin College History Department
Schedule of Events
One Nation?: America's Origins
and Slavery's Unfinished Past
Bodies on the Line:
Prisons and Health Care
Deep Cuts: Structural Inequality
and Popular Culture
The 1619 Project and Making
Sense of the 2020 Election
|Friday, September 11, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.||Friday, September 25, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.||Friday, October 16, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.||Friday, November 6, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.|
The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives houses rare books, manuscripts, and the College Archives.
Explore the Africana Studies Resource guide that highlights various areas of the collections including Slavery & Antislavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights, and Bowdoin history.
Specific manuscript collections of interest include:
Areas of interest in Bowdoin College History and Archives include:
Upcoming SC&A Events:
Beyond the Reading Room: Archives in the World
This virtual lecture series features artists, scholars, and Bowdoin alumni who rely on archival research for their work. Each speaker has a connection to Bowdoin Library's George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, either having consulted our collections or having their own work represented therein. Join us to learn more about the role of archives in scholarship and creative practices.
Maureen Cummins has cranked presses from California to the Eastern Arctic and has produced over forty limited edition artist's books, many based on historical research. She has created projects based on slave narratives, the Salem witch trials, the gendered history of lobotomies, and interviews with Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Learning from the Past?: An Archival Exploration of Bowdoin’s Racial History
In this presentation, Pamela Zabala highlights the role of archival research in her 2017 honors project on incidents of racial bias at Bowdoin. She will discuss how access to archival materials allowed her to contextualize the incidents at the center of her project within the broader historical context of race and racism at Bowdoin. She will also discuss some of her current graduate research on race and discuss the pros and cons of using archives in sociological research.
A Recognition – SC&A, like all archives and special collections libraries, is the creation of human beings who have collected, organized, and described things in ways that reflect personal, cultural, societal, and institutional biases. Although we strive to preserve and present collections in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections, we acknowledge that our systems are neither neutral nor perfect. We encourage you to let us know if you encounter materials, descriptive language, or practices that are offensive or harmful, particularly those for which inadequate context or warning is offered. We are committed to modifying and updating our descriptive practices to use respectful and inclusive terminology and appreciate your help in this work. We look forward to supporting you in your research and learning together.
For more information and to access collections, please contact Special Collections and Archives.