Answered By: Archives Reference Staff
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017     Views: 91

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.