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Bates College Photograph Collection

Identifier: PH01

Collection Overview

The collection documents the life of the College from 1875-present, although the bulk of the collection runs from the early 1890's though the early 1950's.

Buildings; athlectics; classroom activities; clubs; dorm life; theatre; and other aspects or activities of the College are strongly documented. There are also photographs that document faculty and staff; honorary degree recipients; commencent; and class reunions.


  • 1875 - 2013


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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 Photograph Collection was organized sometime prior to 1997 to house photographs owned or created by the College. Many of these photographs were taken by photographers employed by the College News Bureau. The News Bureau was the predecessor of the Office of College Relations. Most of the approximately 8,000 photographs in this collection are bandamp;w prints.

In the summer of 2001 the records of the Office of College Relations was transferred to the Muskie Archives. With these, an estimated 10,000 4x5 negatives; 20,000 prints; contact sheets; slides; and other non-print media were transferred. These will be added to the Bates Photograph Collection.

The Bates Photograph Collection also contains numerous photographs donated the the College over the years. Most of these are gifts of alumni or families of alumni.


208 Linear Feet

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Currently there are approxinately 8,000 bandw prints in the collection. An additional 20,000 (approx.) prints and 10,000 negatives are unprocessed. These will be added to the collection as time permits.

Collection Arrangement

[Organization]Organized under medium, (ie. print, negative, contact sheet, slide) and then by broad subject categories and subcategories.

[Arrangement]Arranged chronologically within each subject category or subcategory.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult [institution name].

Acquisitions Information

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Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, May 2013

Encoded by Michelle Belden, May 2013

Inventory of the Bates College Photograph Collection, 1875 - 2013
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Processed by: Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Michelle Belden
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Description is in English

Repository Details

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

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston Maine 04240 United States of America
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