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Bowdoin's 1619 Project Event Series: Archives

1619 Project Event Series

Bowdoin College History Department

Schedule of Events

"This four-event public programming series from the Bowdoin College History Department focuses on The 1619 Project, published last year by The New York Times Magazine."

Schedule of Events
Session #1
One Nation?: America's Origins
and Slavery's Unfinished Past
Session #2
Bodies on the Line:
Prisons and Health Care
Session #3
Deep Cuts: Structural Inequality
and Popular Culture
Plenary #4
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.
  • Patrick Rael, Professor of History
  • Brian Purnell, Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
  • Connie Chiang, Professor of History and Environmental Studies
  • Matthew Klingle, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies
  • David Hecht, Associate Professor of History
  • Page Herrlinger, Associate Professor of History
  • Rachel Sturman, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies
  • Dallas Denery, Professor of History
  • Meghan Roberts, Associate Professor of History

Special Collections and Archives

Resources from Special Collections and Archives at Bowdoin College Library

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:

  • Charles Vaughan Family Papers: The collection documents the relationships of the Vaughan family and its businesses, especially its Jamaica plantation and England and West Indies trade, and business ventures in Boston, Massachusetts, and Hallowell, Maine. Learn more about the Vaughan family through the Legacies of British Slaveholders Project at the University College London.
  • Oliver Otis Howard Papers: Howard (Bowdoin Class of 1850) served as a Civil War general, director of the Freedmans’ Bureau, and founder of Howard University. The papers include correspondence, articles, addresses, lectures, publications, diaries, clippings, indexes, photographs, and other material from Howard’s personal and unofficial professional records.
  • Stowe Collection: This collection includes material relating to Harriet Beecher Stowe, such as includes correspondence; holograph notes; editorials; transcripts of selected letters; playbills; sheet music; trade cards; ephemera; inscribed album, images, and newsclippings, with a particular strength on the impact of Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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.