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Office of the President, Assistant to the President records

Identifier: CA02.02

Scope and Content Note

These records contain correspondence, memoranda, programs, reports, brochures, and clippings. Although the records cover a wide variety of topics, most of the folders concern fundraising efforts and other financial matters pertaining to Bates College. The bulk of the fundraising/financial items are from the Chase and Gray administrations, but there is some material from the Phillips era as well. It is likely that most of the files came from Harry Rowe, who served as Assistant from 1924 to 1956; a number of the folders also contain typewritten notes from Rowe, written between 1956 and 1958.


  • 1855 - 2011

Access Restrictions

Permission to view the Wills and Gifts series must be received from Archives staff prior to using them. Records in the Trustees series and Departmental/Faculty Correspondence series are closed for 75 years from date of creation.

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

Founded as Maine State Seminary in 1855, and reincorporated under its present name in 1863, Bates College has had seven presidents during its history. It is not clear when the office of Assitant to the President was created, but the first notable assistant was Harry Rowe, who served in that capacity from 1924 to 1946. Since many of the records come from Rowe's tenure as Assistant, they reflect the variety of activities in which he was involved. Rowe even added commentary to some of the folders, included ones that pre- and post-dated his tenure.


14.56 Linear Feet (26 manuscript boxes; 1 oversized box)

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These records cover a wide variety of topics concerning Bates College, but the majority concern various fundraising efforts and other financial matters. Most of the records are from the Chase and Gray administrations, although there is some material from the Phillips era. Many of the files were likely kept by Harry Rowe, who served as Assistant to the President from 1924 to 1946.

Organization and Arrangement

The records are arranged into five series: I. General Administrative; II. Wills and Gifts; III. Trustees; IV. Departmental/Faculty Correspondence; and V. Honorary Degrees. Note that there may be some correlation to records in the manuscript collection MC-071, Harry Rowe Papers. Since the records in MC-071 and in this collection were transferred to the Archives in multiple accessions, it was difficult to determine the exact provenance of the files within each; therefore the records in each collection reflect the nature of their transfer to the Archives, and not necessarily how the documents were originally filed.

The files under each series are arranged alphabetically by folder title. See each series note for more detailed information.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Accession No.: xx-052, et al..

Guide to the Office of the President, Assistant to the President records, 1875-2010
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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