Answered By: Archives Reference Staff
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2021     Views: 1117


How do I find Bowdoin prize essays?


  • All Bowdoin prize essays held by the Archives are cataloged in HOLLIS
  • Search by author, title, and/or keyword
    • You can try a keyword search in combination with the following words: bowdoin prize*
  • 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

How to request digital scans or reading room access to prize essays:

You will need to create an online account in the HOLLIS Special Request system to submit requests for reading room use or digital scanning. After you create an account, you may submit your request as either Request for Reading Room or Request for Photoduplication.

As you complete the HOLLIS SPECIAL REQUEST/online order form, please be sure to include the following information in the following fields to expedite the request.

  • Library: Harvard University Archives
  • Title
  • Author
  • Call number: (e.g. HU 90.5459.2

Please be sure to complete an individual request form for each unique title and call number.

University policy prohibits any photocopying of prize essays completed by Harvard students for five years after publication.

Please note that retrievals of prize essays from off-site storage can take up to two business days. For reading room or scan requests, you can check your HOLLIS Special Request account to monitor the status of your request.

Imaging Services currently charges a flat rate of $135 to scan and deliver copies of Harvard theses, dissertations, and prize papers for reference use. If a digital version of the work already exists (and scanning is not necessary to produce a copy), Imaging Services only will charge a $30 fee to download a copy.

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