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Harold Hitchcock papers

Identifier: MC081

Scope and Content Note

Part of the collection is composed of correspondence, newsclippings and assorted ephemera of a personal or Bates related nature. Includes several slides of the campus and of a 1971 student bat trip led by Dr. Hitchcock. Also includes several photocopied images of Dr. Hitchcock in his earlier years and a scrapbook of newsclippings and memorabilia covering his years at Bates.

The other part of the collection is comprised of correspondence, publications, reprints and newsclippings pertaining to bats, the primary subject of Dr. Hitchcock's research as a biologist. Contains several typescripts of manuscripts about bats, such as "A New England Bat Colony" which includes photographs and other information on how to catch and band bats.


  • 1953 - 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1990


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

Harold B. Hitchcock was born on June 23, 1903 in Hartford, Connecticut. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Williams College, he obtained his master and doctorate degrees from Harvard University and began his teaching career at the University of Western Ontario in 1939. He accepted an appointment in the biology department at Middlebury College in 1943 and taught until retiring in 1968. Following retirement he taught summer sessions at Bowdoin College and Boston University. He had also been a visiting professor at Norwich University and the University of Hawaii. He was a Dana Professor and Chairman of the Biology Department at Bates College from 1969-1972.

Dr. Hitchcock married Martine Cutter of Winchester, Massachusetts in 1942 and they had three children. He died on September 13, 1995.


2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection consists of correspondence, publications, newclippings, typescripts of manuscripts, scrapbook and assorted ephemera, a portion of which is on bats, collected by Dr. Harold B. Hitchcock, a member of the Bates faculty from 1969 to 1972. The remainder of the material is of a personal or Bates related nature.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series: I. Personal and Bates related material; II. Material on bats.

Related Material

Harold Bradford Hitchcock papers, Vermont Historical Society Library

Guide to the Harold Hitchcock papers, 1953, 1969-1990, n.d.
Edited Full Draft
Elaine Ardia
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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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