Here are a few items from the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, elsewhere on campus — and beyond.

Key to Art

The slideshow below shows (1) the ceremonial key that was (2) given by Olin Foundation President Lawrence Miles (left) to Robert Kinney ’39, then-chair of the Bates Board of Trustees, at the October 1986 dedication of the Olin Arts Center.


‘A Little Dab’ll Do Ya’

This photo of an unidentified Chase Hall barber is undated, but his hair-care products — Brylcreem, Trol, West Point, and Wildroot — suggest it’s the slick 1950s.

Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library


Pratt’s Parasol

The slideshow below shows (1) the parasol that Jennie Anderson Pratt carried when (2) she marched in Reunion Alumni Parades with her Class of 1890.


Tied to Be Fit

The mid-1900s “freshman rules” required first-year men to wear green bow ties and garnet-and-black beanies until Thanksgiving. (Women had to wear bibs.) The late Keith Wilbur ’45 wore this tie.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


Five-Color Flag

This is a detail of a Chinese flag given to Bates by Wayne Jordan, Class of 1906. A much-admired alumnus, Jordan was Bates’ first Rhodes Scholar. He did YMCA work in China as a foreign secretary, including famine relief, from 1914 until his death, of typhus, in 1924.

The flag’s five-color design was China’s first as a republic in 1912.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


Sailor Man

This iconic “Dixie Cup” sailor’s cap belonged to the late Philip Isaacson ’47 when he was stationed at Bates with the Navy’s V-12 officer training program.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College


Dishing It

The Boston Bates Alumnae Club commissioned Bates’ first Wedgwood plate in 1939 to celebrate 75 years since Bates became a college.

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

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