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How do I find copies of Bowdoin prize essays from past years?

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How do I find a Bowdoin prize paper?

Start with HOLLIS

All Bowdoin prize papers held by the Archives are cataloged in HOLLIS

Search by author, title, and/or keyword

You can also try a keyword search for any of the following terms:

   o   “bowdoin prize”

   o   “bowdoin prize” English 

   o   “bowdoin prize” “natural sciences”

   o   “bowdoin prize” greek

   o   “bowdoin prize” latin

   o   “bowdoin prize” graduate

   o   “bowdoin prize” undergraduate

However, please note that prize papers for the various Bowdoin prize categories (undergraduate, graduate, English, natural history, Greek composition and Latin) can’t always be found with a keyword search that includes those words. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, re-do your search with just the keyword phrase “bowdoin prize” – you’ll get a broad range of results that you can then refine or sort by date to see the most recent ones.

Make a note of the Archives call number found in “Locations & Availability” or in the headings of more recent HOLLIS records

Examples of call numbers: HU 89.165.3509, Accession 2017.069 or Accession 19089

A comprehensive list of recent prize winning authors and titles is available on the FAS Prize Office website.  Use this information to search HOLLIS for specific authors/titles.

Access to original paper copies

Prize papers can be consulted in the Archives Reading Room (In-Library Use Only)

   o   Contact the Archives reference staff at  with your request; provide call number and/or HOLLIS number.

   o   “Locations & Availability” tab in HOLLIS will provide the Archives call number

   o   Prize papers marked with location “OFFSITE STORAGE” need to be requested in advance

   o   See Planning a Visit for more information


Ordering copies of Bowdoin Prize Papers

Per University policy, copying of prize papers requires the written permission of the author for a period of five years after the prize is awarded.

Copies of older prize papers can be ordered from the Harvard Library Imaging Services department.

   o   Start the process by registering for an account with Imaging Services

   o   When your account is in place, go to “Request for Photoduplication” under “New Requests” in the left column menu

   o   Complete the online order form, including the call number and or HOLLIS number fields

   o   When you submit the online order form, Imaging Services staff will reply with cost and delivery information.

   o   If you have any questions about this online ordering process, please contact Imaging Services staff directly.

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    Planning a visit to the Archives? Please read Planning A Visit before submitting your question. Note that much of our material is stored off site, and some collections have restrictions on access. 

    Looking for photographs?  Start by checking HOLLIS and VIA. Note that image copying orders take a minimum of six weeks to process. 

    Interested in reading or copying a dissertation or undergraduate honors thesis? All dissertations, theses, and prize papers held by the Archives are catalogued in HOLLIS. Requests for digitized copies of dissertations and theses may be made by placing a “Request for Photoduplication” at

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