Detailing the history of women at Bowdoin before and after the implementation of coeducation fifty years ago, this exhibition celebrates the accomplishments of Bowdoin women as they fought for their place at a previously established men’s college. Learn about the women who were here before 1971, the transition to coeducation, and the pioneers who led Bowdoin into a new era.
A Note on Sources: The materials in Bowdoin’s historical collections routinely reflect dominant perspectives due to historical collecting practices. It is the work of scholars, librarians, and archivists to build representative collections and to read through the absences to build a broader understanding of our history. Documents from the College Archives reflect the fact that Bowdoin College was an all-men institution until 1971 with predominately white students, faculty, and administration.
This exhibition draws on the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library and was curated by Special Collections & Archives Curatorial Intern, Katie Reid ’23 and Marieke Van Der Steenhoven, Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian.