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Bates College Board of Trustees administrative records

Identifier: CA01.01

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains bound and unbound copies of the Bates College charter and by-laws, committee records, correspondence, photo (member) books of the trustees by year, and several individual folders on other activities of the Board. The two folders of correspondence concern the work of Princeton Professor Stanley Howard and his work on revising the Bates Charter during the 1930s. There is also a booklet for the celebratory dinner for Oliver Barrett Clason, class of 1877 and Bates trustee from 1888 until his death in 1930.


  • 1864-[ongoing]


Access Restrictions

The General Records series is open to researchers, excepting the Trustees Photo Books, which are closed. The files in the Committees series are closed for 75 years from their creation date. Please consult the Archives staff with any questions about these restrictions.

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

The Board of Trustees acts as the governing body for Bates College. With the establishment of the Maine State Seminary in 1855, the body was created as the "Board of Trustees and President of Maine State Seminary" at that time, to consist of no fewer than 25 persons. The structure was changed in 1868 with an amendment to the College charter, into a bicameral body with a "Board of Fellows" and a "Board of Overseers." In 2004 the Board was revised into a unicameral body.


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This record group contains the administrative records of the Board of Trustees, the governing body of Bates College.

Organization and Arrangement

These records are organized into two series: I. General records; and II. Committee files.

Guide to the Bates College Board of Trustees administrative records, 1864-[ongoing]
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

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Lewiston Maine 04240 United States of America