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Office of the President, Charles Franklin Phillips records

Identifier: CA02.06

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the records of the Phillips administration consists of his regular letters to Bates faculty, alumni, and Trustees, which he wrote during the entirety of his tenure. In these series of correspondence Phillips wrote of academic and financial activities, as well as many campus social activities. The records also contain other items of correspondence, including a few scattered letters and memoranda, most significantly correspondence received from honorary degree recipients. There are also three folders--mostly correspondence--on the purchase and reorganization of public television station WCBB in Augusta by Bates College.


  • 1944 - 1971


Access Restrictions

The 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

Charles Franklin Phillips served as Bates fourth President, from 1944 to 1967. Phillips guided the College into the post-war years, continuing to expand the academic offerings and the faculty, and placing more of an emphasis on business and economic training for students. Phillips also oversaw the creation of the "Bates Plan of Education," which continued to emphasize the centrality of liberal arts education during a students academic tenure. The campus physical presence also grew, as some fourteen buildings were added.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials


Guide to the Office of the President, Charles Franklin Phillips records, 1944-1971
Edited Full Draft
Pat Webber
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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

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston Maine 04240 United States of America