In this episode of Research Like a Pro, Nicole Dyer and Diana Elder speak with Sam Howes, an archivist at Bates College in Maine. They discuss his work managing the official records of the college, including administrative documents, student records, yearbooks, and special collections. Sam explains what types of materials college archives typically maintain, like trustee meeting minutes, presidential records, alumni newsletters, student government documents, and more. He notes that confidentiality restrictions can limit access to some more recent records. The hosts also ask Sam about how and why archival collections get donated to colleges. He explains that materials often relate to notable alumni or tie into existing collections at the school based on its history. As an example, Bates houses an extensive collection belonging to former Maine governor Edmund Muskie. Sam emphasizes that college archives can contain a treasure trove of unexpected information and encourages contacting the archive in advance when planning a research visit.
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The building photo in the episode title image is Hedge Hall at Bates College, built in 1890 as a chemical laboratory. Credit to Bates.edu, CC BY 2.0 DEED. See https://flic.kr/p/2p8mqnm.
Samuel Howes on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-howes-10a183129/
Sam Howes Contact Info – Bates College Archive – https://www.bates.edu/archives/about-us/staff-directory/
Bates College Archives – https://www.bates.edu/archives/
Edmund Muskie collection – https://www.bates.edu/150-years/bates-greats/edmund-s-muskie/
RLP 142: Researching at a State Archive – Interview with Sam Howes – https://familylocket.com/rlp-142-researching-at-a-state-archive-interview-with-sam-howes/
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