Guide to the Bates Outing Club, 1920-2009 | CA12.05

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Bates College (Lewiston, Me.). Bates Outing Club
Title
Bates Outing Club
ID
CA12.05
Date
1920-2009
Extent
13.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains records of the Bates Outing Club, founded in 1920. The files document the financial and administrative operation of the club, as well as various on- and off-campus activities, including Winter Carnival and trips and trailblazing on the Appalachian Trail.

Preferred Citation

Bates Outing Club, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

The Bates Outing Club was founded in 1920 and is the second oldest organization of its type in the country. Every person of the Bates College community is technically a member of the club. Its administation is set up into officers, directors, and a Council composed of active members. The officers run the administrative aspects of the club while the directors run the outing activities. The organization runs trips throughout New England with such activities as hiking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, and kayaking.

The organization used to run several cabins in Maine, built and maintained by Outing Club members. The club has also maintained extensive sections of the Appalachian Trail, and currently maintains one section.

Every year the club hosts activities such as two Clambakes and parts of Winter Carnival, which remain popular campus-wide events.

The club continues to have strong participation from every class year and remains one of the most popular clubs on campus.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials from each of the directorships of the Club as well general administrative records. These records are both financial, in the form of budgets, receipts, and treasurer's reports, as well as administrative, in the form of correspondence, monthly directorship reports, and meeting minutes. This collection also contains materials related to the various trips and outings of the club, various Outing Club publications, and materials produced by several Appalachian Trail-related organizations .

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 6 series: I. Financials; II. Administrative materials; III. Publications; IV. Cabins and Trails; V. Appalachian Mountains materials; VI Scrapbooks.There are no subseries. Folders within the series are arranged either alphabetically by title or chronologically. Additional information can be found in each series description.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Accession No.: 2008.056, et al..

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Bates Outing Club--Archives
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Students--Societies, etc

Subject(s)

  • Appalachian Trail--Maintenance and repair
  • College students--Maine--Societies, etc
  • Outdoor recreation--Maine-Societies, etc
  • Winter sports--Maine--Societies, etc

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Collection Inventory

 CA1205/01 Financials 1921-1999   3.0 manuscript boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the financial records of the Outing Club. It contains records from each of the individual directorships, overall budget proposals, treasurer's materials, cost sheets of various trips, and spending and income records. The 'Administrative Financials' folder in Box 1 contains overall financial numbers, from the Club as well as from various College financial offices. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title and thereafter chronologically or alphabetically by item.

Box

Administration financials 1923-1998   

1

Budget proposals 1988-1999   

1

Cabins and Trails financial reports 1929-1993   

1

Equipment Room financials 1971-1994   

1

Environment financials 1986-1992   

1

Hickories financials 1972-1993   

2

Hikes and Trips financials 1972-1994   

2

Overall financial records 1920-1976   

2

Overall financial records 1977-1989   

2

Publicity budget materials 1991, undated   

3

Safety financials 1991-1994   

3

Travel budgets 1986-1994   

3

Treasurer's files 1921-1950   

3

Treasurer's files 1950-1962   

3

Treasurer's files 1964-1976   

3

Treasurer's reports 1960-1991   

3

Watersports budget 1975-1991   

3

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 CA1205/02 Administrative materials 1920-2009   7.0 manuscript boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials related to the various directorships within the Outing Club administration, as well as other official administrative records and materials. Directorship records include Watersports, Hickories, Publicity, Hikes and Trips; other records include Club correspondence, Clambake, AESOP, Outing Club constitutions, and Safety materials. The "President's Files" folder includes general adminstrative notes regarding the club. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title and thereafter chronologically or alphabetically by item.

Box

90th year celebration 2010   

1

Advance materials 1959-1983   

1

AESOP 1990-1999   

1

Ballots [blank] 1924-1927   

1

Boy Scouts materials 1966-1973   

1

Clambake materials 1969-1994   

1

Constitutions 1932-1973   

1

Constitutions 1974-1992   

1

Correspondence 1925-1997, 2009   

1

Correspondence with Activities Department 1948-1980   

1

Dale Hatch 1963   

1

Environment materials 1973-1997   

1

Equipment Room monthly reports 1969-2006   

2

Film pamphlets 1974-1977, undated   

2

Freshman orientation materials 1956-1987   

2

Hickories materials 1953-1981   

2

Hickories trip materials 1925-1994   

2

Hikes and Trips directors' files 1921-2006   

2

Hikes and Trips trip reports 1936-1974   

3

Hikes and Trips trip reports 1974-1985   

3

Hikes and Trips trip reports 1985-1994   

3

Intercollegiate Outing Club Association 1935-1994   

3

Invitations 1958-1964   

3

Job brochures 1982-1984   

3

Journal 2000-2004   

3

Lists of council members 1981-1996, undated   

3

Minutes 1967-2007   

4

Outing Club Triathalon undated   

4

Patch undated   

4

Peaks Day sign-ups 1997, undated   

4

President's files 1927-1965   

4

President's files 1965-1997   

4

Publicity 1950-1978   

5

Safety materials 1967-1997   

5

Secretary's minutes 1920-1925   

5

Secretary's minutes 1926-1932   

5

Secretary's minutes 1946-1952   

5

Secretary's minutes 1952-1959   

5

Secretary's minutes 1958-1965   

6

Secretary's minutes 1965-1971   

6

Secretary's minutes 1971-1977   

6

Secretary's minutes 1976-1984   

16

Senior wills 1960-1983   

6

Sign-Out sheets 1969-1970   

6

Ski pamphlets, folder 1 of 2 undated   

7

Ski pamphlets, folder 2 of 2 undated   

7

Toboggan slide plans undated   

7

Travel brochures 1982-2006   

7

Trip register 1991-1993   

7

Watersports 1968-2006   

7

Watersports trip reports 1971-1994   

7

Winter Carnival materials 1920-1984   

7

Winter Carnival poster ("Winterval '79") 1979   

Oversize 3

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 CA1205/03 Publications 1936-2008   1.0 manuscript box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains publications produced by or for the Outing Club. It contains issues of the Legend, Cat Tracks, and The Register newsletters, and also various Club pamphlets and brochures. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title and thereafter chronologically or alphabetically by item.

Box

Cat Tracks 1952-1984   

1

Handbooks 1926-1936, 1951-1965   

1

Legend newsletters 2007-2009   

1

Outing Club pamphlets 1950, 1985-2002, n.d.   

1

The Register 1986-1999   

1

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 CA1205/04 Cabins and Trails 1924-2000   2.0 manuscript boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials related to the Cabins and Trails activities of the Outing Club. It contains maps, log books of various cabins, and trip reports. A large portion of the material is devoted to the portions of the Appalachian Trail that the Outing Club maintained beginning in the 1930s. It also contains plans for building a lean-to in Greene, Maine. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title and thereafter chronologically or alphabetically by item.

Box

Abraham Loj log books 1985-1997   

1

Abraham Loj log books 1997-2000   

1

Bemis Mountain materials 1988-1993, undated   

1

Bigelow Mountain materials 1973-1975, undated   

1

Cabins and Trails correspondence 1948-1979   

1

Cabins and Trails monthly reports 1959-1985, undated   

1

Cabins and Trails tool materials 1934-1993   

1

Cabins and Trails work trip reports 1974-1975, undated   

1

Fisher Farm materials 1984-1986, undated   

2

Indenture for Mt. Sabattus property, Wales, ME 1924   

2

Lean-to plans 1999   

2

Mount Abraham materials 1973-1993, undated   

2

Rich Cabin log book 1925-1929   

2

Sabattus Cabin log book 1930-1934   

2

Sabattus Cabin log book 1969-1973   

2

Saddleback Mountain materials 1974-1982, undated   

2

Thorncrag Cabin log 1931-1933   

2

Thorncrag Cabin log 1933-1941   

2

Thorncrag materials 1965-1974, undated   

2

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 CA1205/05 Appalachian Mountains materials 1934-1999   2 manuscript boxes; 1 oversize box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials related to the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Mountains, and includes only material published by non-Bates organizations such as the Appalachian Mountain Club. Often these items contain articles or other materials about the Bates Outing Club and its activities concerning the Appalachian Trail. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title and thereafter chronologically or alphabetically by item.

Box

Appalachian Mountain Club magazine 1969   

1

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Advisory Council Report 1976   

1

Appalachian Trail reports 1934-1975   

1

Appalachian Trailway news 1951-1989   

1

Appalachian Mountain Club materials 1937, 1973, undated   

1

Appalachian Trail Conference materials 1971-1975   

1

Appalachian Trail Relocation materials 1973-1974   

1

Maine Appalachian Trail Club 1954-1975   

1

Maine Appalachian Trail Club 1975-1999, undated   

1

Maine State Trails materials 1967-1984, undated   

2

National Trails System Act undated   

16

Short Term: Hiking the Appalachian Trail 1997   

2

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 CA1205/06 Scrapbooks 1932-1972   3.0 oversize boxes

Scope and Content Note

Series is comprised of three scrapbooks containing photographs, newsclippings, and programs documenting the club's various activities including hikes, work trips and Winter Carnival events.

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