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Office of the President, Thomas Hedley Reynolds records

Identifier: CA02.07

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Reynolds administration include correspondence, memoranda, speeches, inauguration materials, and reports.


  • 1966 - 1992


Access Restrictions

Records are closed to researchers for a minimum of twenty years after their creation. The 'Letters to Trustees' folders in Series I are restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Please see Archives staff for more information.

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

Thomas Hedley Reynolds was inaugurated as the fifth President of Bates College in 1967. He graduated from Williams College in 1942, afterwards attending Office Candidate School and enlisting in the United States Army. He served for two and a half years as a tank commander in North Africa and Italy and was decorated by both the United States and France.

After the war, Reynolds returned to school in New York City, where he worked for his doctorate at Columbia University, while simultaneously teaching at Hunter College. From 1948 to 1949 he worked as a historian for the American Red Cross. In 1949 he accepted a position in the history department at Middlebury College, becoming head of the department and Dean of Men in 1957, and Dean of the College in 1964.

Reynolds came to Bates in 1967 and remained until his retirement in 1989. Over these twenty-two years, Bates College grew immeasurably on many levels, and under his leadership the College was transformed into essentially the institution it is today. During his tenure, the College's buildings and resources underwent a tremendous expansion. During Reynolds' time, the Ladd Library, Merrill Gymnasium, Olin Arts Center, Muskie Archives, and the Lindholm House (admissions) were created, in addition to a significant expansion of Carnegie Science Hall.

Under Reynolds, student enrollment increased from 1,000 to 1,500, while the faculty grew from 61 to 150. The College's endowment rose from $8 million to over $50 million, and the alumni annual giving rate jumped from $100,000 to $1 million. Under his guidance, the Freshman Seminar Program and Freshman Centers were established, as well as the first endowed professorship, the Charles Franklin Phillips Professorship in Economics. When Reynolds retired in 1989, Bates had become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation.


7.0 Linear Feet (14 manuscript boxes; 1 oversized box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains records pertaining to the administration of Thomas Hedley Reynolds, President of Bates College from 1967 to 1989.

Organization and Arrangement

The material is arranged into three series: Administrative records, Annual Correspondence, and Mellon Reports. See individual series descriptions for more information.

Guide to the Office of the President, Thomas Hedley Reynolds records, 1966-1992
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Pat Webber
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Repository Details

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

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Lewiston Maine 04240 United States of America