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Library's Ian Graham Awarded Colonial Dames Scholarship

Story posted December 17, 2001

Ian Graham, Special Collections & Archives Assistant at Bowdoin College Library, has been awarded the Colonial Dames Scholarship to attend the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

This prestigious national award - established in 1974 and given in conjunction with the Colonial Dames of America (Chapter III, Washington, D.C.) - financially assists two archivists each year to attend the National Archives' Modern Archives Institute. The institute, held twice annually, provides in-depth training in archival practice and administration.

The award supports tuition, travel, and housing expenses at the Institute. To be eligible, an applicant must be an employee of an archival institution or agency with a fair percentage of its holdings in a period predating 1825. Each applicant must also have been employed less than two years as an archivist or archives trainee, and must actually work with archives or manuscripts.

Mr. Graham has worked in Special Collections & Archives at Bowdoin College Library since February 2001. During that time his duties have broadened from working exclusively with College archival records to providing for arrangement and description of manuscript collections at-large, for reference and outreach services, and for preservation activities.

Special Collections & Archives at Bowdoin College comprise rare books, maps, photographs, 2,500 linear feet of College records, and 2,500 linear feet of literary and historical manuscripts, including the papers of Sen. George J. Mitchell. The College's archives and manuscript collections support significant study in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Americana and include early records of the College (founded in 1794), substantial Hawthorne and Longfellow collections, sizeable holdings relating to the Bowdoin and the Abbott families, both of whom were influential in the political, social, and literary development of the early Republic, and the papers of Charles Brockden Brown, America's first professional novelist.

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