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Bates Outing Club

Identifier: CA12.05

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials from each of the directorships of the Club as well general administrative records. These records are both financial, in the form of budgets, receipts, and treasurer's reports, as well as administrative, in the form of correspondence, monthly directorship reports, and meeting minutes. This collection also contains materials related to the various trips and outings of the club, various Outing Club publications, and materials produced by several Appalachian Trail-related organizations .


  • 1920-2020


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

The Bates Outing Club was founded in 1920 and is the second oldest organization of its type in the country. Every person of the Bates College community is technically a member of the club. Its administation is set up into officers, directors, and a Council composed of active members. The officers run the administrative aspects of the club while the directors run the outing activities. The organization runs trips throughout New England with such activities as hiking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, and kayaking.

The organization used to run several cabins in Maine, built and maintained by Outing Club members. The club has also maintained extensive sections of the Appalachian Trail, and currently maintains one section.

Every year the club hosts activities such as two Clambakes and parts of Winter Carnival, which remain popular campus-wide events.

The club continues to have strong participation from every class year and remains one of the most popular clubs on campus.


13.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains records of the Bates Outing Club, founded in 1920. The files document the financial and administrative operation of the club, as well as various on- and off-campus activities, including Winter Carnival and trips and trailblazing on the Appalachian Trail.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 6 series: I. Financials; II. Administrative materials; III. Publications; IV. Cabins and Trails; V. Appalachian Mountains materials; VI Scrapbooks.There are no subseries. Folders within the series are arranged either alphabetically by title or chronologically. Additional information can be found in each series description.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Accession No.: 2008.056, et al..


Guide to the Bates Outing Club, 1920-2009
Edited Full Draft
Pete Marsters
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Description is in: English
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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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