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

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The Archives holds copies of Bowdoin prize winning essays (prize papers) from the late 19th century to the present.

The prize papers are not available online; you must visit the Archives to use them.

Begin by searching HOLLIS+ to find prize papers of interest to you and to obtain Archives call numbers.

  • Search by author or try a keyword search for any of the following terms: bowdoin prize, bowdoin prize english, or bowdoin prize natural sciences.
  • You can refine your results by using the Date and/or Location limiters on the left side of the HOLLIS+ screen.
  • Note the Archives call number by clicking on the Locations & Availability link or tab. The call number for Bowdoin prize papers will begin with HU 89.165...

Then, contact the Archives reference staff by email or phone (617-495-2461) to request specific items and to arrange a visit to the Archives to use them. Most prize papers are stored offsite: if we receive your request by 3 p.m. on one business day, the items should be available for use in our reading room by 11 a.m. on the following business day.

The Archives Reading Room is in Pusey Library in Harvard Yard and is open to researchers Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. When you arrive in our Reading Room, you will need to complete an Archives registration form and store coats and bags in a locker. Please be sure to review the Archives website for more information about our location, hours, and planning a visit.

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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

    Harvard University OfficesPlease email your request directly to

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