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Bowdoin College Library Receives Grant to Preserve Historical Collections

Story posted April 11, 2007

The Bowdoin College Library's George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives has received a grant to help preserve and provide better access to its historical collections. The Historical Collections Grant Program, administered by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and Maine’s New Century Community Program, has awarded the Library $1,913.48.

The funds will support the creation of microfilm copies of vital College records, including early minutes of the governing boards and faculty, as well as ninetheenth century student transcripts, in order to preserve those documents and to make them more widely available for research. "These materials serve as rich resources for family historians and scholars of nineteenth-century intellectual and social life in America," says Richard Lindemann, director of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.

"Grants of this kind support community efforts to protect the stories of our birth, property rights, government and how we lived our lives," noted Jim Henderson, Director of the Maine State Archives, which coordinates the program.

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