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Special Collections: Guide to the UMaine Sophomore Eagles - Sophomore Owls Records

Collection title: University of Maine Sophomore Eagles-Sophomore Owls Records
Collection number: MS 582
Dates of collection: 1928-1993 (inclusive)
Size of collection: 2 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: None


The Sophomore Eagles is a women’s organization formed in 1926 at the University of Maine. Its purpose is “to promote a friendly relationship between the freshman and sophomore women and to instruct the new women in the customs and traditions of the university.”

The Sophomore Owls, a men’s organization, was founded in 1909 at the university for the purpose of “instilling Maine spirit in the two lower classes and promoting harmony between them, and to interest preparatory school athletes toward entering the University of Maine and to aid them whenever possible.”

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged with the records of the Sophomore Owls first; these records include copies of the constitution and by-laws, historical information, membership records from the 1980s, and a copy of “Sophomore Owls Who’s Who, 1910-1962.”

The records of the Sophomore Eagles are more extensive and include minutes of meetings, 1955-1965 and 1983-1984, records of some of the activities of the organization, and treasurer’s records and financial information from 1928-1968. Also included are three scrapbooks documenting activities of the Eagles in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1

Records of Sophomore Owls


1 Constitution and by-laws, 1982-83, 1990-91

2 Material related to history

3 Membership information, applications, etc., 1980s

4 Sophomore Owls Who’s Who, 1910-1962

5 Tag (membership ribbon)

Records of Sophomore Eagles

6-12 Minutes, 1955-1965

13 Minutes, 1983-1984

14 Eagle Neai Mathetai banquet, 1955

15 Report of the Bird’s Ball, 1957-1958

16 Freshman Week, 1960-1961

17 Sophomore Eagles volunteer awards, 1993

18 Sophomore Eagles Bird Book, 1990-1991, 1992-1993

19 Treasurer’s account book, 1928-1968

20 Check register, 1959-1967

Box 2

1 Check register, 1967-1968

2-3 Bank statements, receipts, etc., 1950s-1960s

Sophomore Eagles scrapbooks, 1977-1978, 1979-1980, 1980-1981? (3 vols.)


Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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