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Bates College Audio Visual Collection

Identifier: BCAV


This collection contains audio-visual material generated by and/or about Bates College.


  • 1930s - 2013 and undated


Access Restrictions

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

Bates College is a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to assuring in all of its efforts the dignity of each individual and access to its programs and opportunities by qualified learners. Bates prizes both the inherent values of a demanding education and the profound usefulness of learning, teaching, and understanding.

Bates was founded in 1855, over 150 years ago, by people who believed strongly in freedom, civil rights, and the importance of a higher education for all who could benefit from it. Bates is devoted to undergraduate in the arts and science, and commitment to teaching excellence is central to the College’s mission. The College is recognized for its inclusive social character; there are no fraternities or sororities, and student organizations are open to all.

When founded in 1855, Bates was the first coeducational college in New England, admitting students without regard to race, religion, national origin, or sex. In the mid-19th Century, Oren B. Cheney, a Dartmouth graduate and minister of the Freewill Baptist denomination, conceived the idea of founding the Maine State Seminary in Lewiston. Within a few years the seminary became a college, and it was Cheney who obtained financial support from Benjamin E. Bates, the Boston manufacturer for whom the College was named.


67 boxes

Language of Materials


Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged first by format. Each format series is further arranged by subject and/or date, as time and staffing allow.


For current information on the location of these materials, please consult archives staff.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some recordings have been digitized and are stored in the cloud; please contact the college archivist for more information.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Archives Staff. The work to identify titles and subject matter is ongoing.

Inventory of the Bates College Audio Video Collection, 1965 - 2012
Processed by: Archives Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Michelle Belden
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
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