Courses in philosophy and in religion have been taught at Bates since its founding as Maine State Seminary in 1855. Courses in religion were eventually taught in the Cobb Divinity School (founded in 1887), while philosophy became a separate department. The Philosophy program eventually included courses in psychology, art interpretation, and "history of education and pegagogy." Religion became a separate department when Cobb was disbanded in 1908, and its instructors and courses were merged into the college. Philosophy and Relgion were merged into one department in1968.
This collection contains correspondence, budgets, reports, committee records, booklets, brochures, syllabi, and VHS tapes, and documents some of the administrative activities of the department from 1981 to 2003. The bulk of the records are from the Bates College Symposium on Religion and Contemporary Issues, covering the years 1996 to 2003.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title. The Symposium folders are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically.
All files are closed to researchers for 20 years from date of creation. Some files may be restricted or closed for longer periods. Please consult Archives staff for more information.
The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.
These records are indexed under the following headings in the Bates College Library catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Department of Philosophy and Religion--Archives
Bates College Symposium on Religion and Contemporary Issues
Philosophy--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States
Religion--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States
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Philosophy and Religion, Dept. of, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
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