The History of Bowdoin College

The History of Bowdoin College

The History of Bowdoin College

The History of Bowdoin College

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In offering this history of Bowdoin College to the alumni and to the public the author wishes to make a full acknowledgment of its imperfections and to beg the favorable consideration of its readers. He has endeavored to please all the Bowdoin boys, but their ages range from under eighteen to over eighty, their interests and tastes differ widely, and to treat every topic with the fullness which some of this wide audience might desire would unduly increase both the size and the cost of the book. Some subjects have been omitted or have been treated very briefly for special reasons. No account has been given of the effect of the World War on Bowdoin because a book on Bowdoin in the War is now in preparation. Most of the professors and certain important events of the last thirty years have been unnoticed or dealt with very briefly. The time has not come to treat them in detail, that must be left to the fuller experience and calmer judgment of nineteen-fifty, or of some other time when the next history of Bowdoin shall be written.

For other omissions there is less justification. It was hoped to publish the work in 1926. This proved to be impossible, but it was felt that publication ought not to be delayed beyond the Commencement of 1927, the author left too much to be done in the last months, matter was crowded out or presented in very abbreviated form and it proved necessary to decline a kind offer of assistance in proof reading which would have been most valuable.

One reason for the delay in completing the book has been the attempt to thoroughly examine substantially all the available material printed and unprinted. Every Orient has been carefully looked through, every Bugle consulted. Use has been made of the printed reports of the presidents and of the histories of Bowdoin by . . .

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