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Bates College Board of Trustees meeting minutes

Identifier: CA01.02

Scope and Content Note

These records contain bound copies of the meetings of the Bates College Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers, as well as the meetings of the directors of the Maine State Seminary, covering the years 1855 to 1964. In addition, there is a folder of loose records from Board meetings during the 1920s, which includes the records of a number of votes and resolutions, as well as various committee reports and letters.


  • 1855-1991


Access Restrictions

Meeting records are closed to researchers for 75 years from meeting date.

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.


8.36 Linear Feet (8 volumes, 2 manuscript boxes, 3 microfilm reels)

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This record group contains meeting minutes for the Board of Trustees, Board of Overseers, and directors of the Maine State Seminary, the various governing bodies of Bates College through its founding to the present.

Organization and Arrangement

The records are arranged chronologically.

Alternative Formats Available

The records have been microfilmed (3 reels, stored separately).

Guide to the Bates College Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1855-1991
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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