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Special Collections: Guide to the American University in Bulgaria Records

Summary Information:

Collection title: American University in Bulgaria Records
Collection number: MS 14
Dates of collection:
February 1989-January 1999
Size of collection: 7 boxes

Administrative Information:

Transfer of files from the Office of the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs
Processor:
Kristi L. Palmer
Access Restrictions: Some material is restricted
Preferred Citation: American University in Bulgaria Records, Special Collections Department, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine
For Additional Information:
     Special Collections 
     University of Maine
     5729 Fogler Library
     Orono, Maine 04469-5729
     (207) 581-1686 

Historical Information:

The American University in Bulgaria was founded in 1990 as the result of a joint effort between the governments of Bulgaria and the United States, and the University of Maine. It is a residential liberal arts institution offering a four-year baccalaureate degree.

In September of 1990 Bogdan Atanasov, university professor and member of the newly elected Bulgarian parliament, submitted a bill to the National Assembly proposing the establishment of an American University of Southeastern Europe in Sofia. Eventually Blagoevrad, rather than Sofia, was chosen as the site for the University.

The first task of AUBG was to gain official and legal recognition by the Bulgarian government. Other immediate tasks included conducting negotiations, locating appropriate faculty housing, orienting Americans to the Bulgarian culture, and addressing the problems of living in part of the former Soviet Bloc. Progress was made and classes began on September 30, 1991.

As AUBG's academic partner, the University of Maine extended its accreditation to that university until AUBG entered candidacy status with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1998. At this point, the University of Maine's involvement became limited to guaranteed membership on AUBG's ruling Board of Directors. In May of 1999 the University of Maine's responsibilities concerning AUBG shifted from its designation under the Provost for Academic Affairs to the Director of International Programs. The relationship between the two universities continues to evolve as AUBG moves along the road to full accreditation.

Contents:

This collection contains information concerning the development and operation of AUBG. Included are board meeting minutes, inter-office correspondence, publicly released official documents, AUBG newsletters, informational pamphlets and postings, site evaluations, and material concerning the development of the AUBG library.

Organization of Collection:

The labeling of the folders reflects the titles and organizational qualities attributed to the collection by its donor. The collection has three major divisions of interest. The first section contains AUBG Board meeting minutes and is organized chronologically from the years 1991-1999. The second section contains general information pertaining to a certain time period and is organized by year, from 1989-1999. The third section contains material categorized by subject and is organized alphabetically. Users should note that because of the nature of the organization, like material may be found in more than one area of the collection as some material that is filed chronologically may also appear in the section organized by subject.

Finding Aid:

Univ MU Box 765

Box 765 f1 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-November 1991 and May 1992
Box 765 f2 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1992 and February 1993
Box 765 f3 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1993 (1 of 2)
Box 765 f4 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1993 (2 of 2)
Box 765 f5 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-February 1994 (1 of 2)
Box 765 f6 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-February 1994 (2 of 2)
Box 765 f7 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-May 1994 and October 1994 (1 of 3)
Box 765 f8  Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-May 1994 and October 1994 (2 of 3)
Box 765 f9 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-May 1994 and October 1994 (3 of 3)
Box 765 f10 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-February 1995 and May 1995 (1 of 2)
Box 765 f11 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-February 1995 and May 1995 (1 of 2)
Box 765 f12 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1995 and February 1996 (1 of 3)
Box 765 f13 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1995 and February 1996 (2 of 3)
Box 765 f14 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1995 and February 1996 (3 of 3)
Box 765 f15 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-May 1996

Univ MU Box 766

Box 766 f1 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-October 1996
Box 766 f2 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-February 1997
Box 766 f3 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-May 1997
Box 766 f4  Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-September 1997
Box 766 f5 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-January 1998 (1 of 2)
Box 766 f6 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-January 1998 (2 of 2)
Box 766 f7

Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-January 1998-Additional Materials

Box 766 f8 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-January 1998-Appendices
Box 766 f9 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-May 1998
Box 766 f10 Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-September 1998
Box 766 f11

Board of Directors-Meeting Minutes-January 1999

Box 766 f12 General Files-February 1989-July 1991 (1 of 2)
Box 766 f13 General Files-February 1989-July 1991 (2 of 2)
Box 766 f14 General Files-August 1991-October 1991 (1 of 2)
Box 766 f15 General Files-August 1991-October 1991 (2 of 2)

Univ MU Box 767

Box 767 f1

General Files-November 1991-January 1992 (1 of 2)

Box 767 f2 General Files-November 1991-January 1992 (2 of 2)
Box 767 f3 General Files-January 1992-April 1992 (1 of 2)
Box 767 f4 General Files-January 1992-April 1992 (2 of 2)
Box 767 f5 General Files-April 1992-June 1992 (1 of 2)
Box 767 f6

General Files-April 1992-June 1992 (2 of 2)

Box 767 f7 General Files-July 1992-December 1992 (1 of 2)
Box 767 f8 General Files-July 1992-December 1992 (2 of 2)
Box 767 f9 General Files-January 1993-April 1993 (1 of 2)
Box 767 f10 General Files-January 1993-April 1993 (2 of 2)

Univ MU Box 768

Box 768 f1

General Files-May 1993-October 1993 (1 of 2)

Box 768 f2 General Files-May 1993-October 1993 (2 of 2)
Box 768 f3 General Files-November 1993-February 1994 (1 of 3)
Box 768 f4 General Files-November 1993-February 1994 (2 of 3)
Box 768 f5 General Files-November 1993-February 1994 (3 of 3)
Box 768 f6 General Files-March 1994-May 1994 (1 of 2)
Box 768 f7

General Files-March 1994-May 1994 (2 of 2)

Box 768 f8 General Files-June 1994-September 1994 (1 of 2)
Box 768 f9 General Files-June 1994-September 1994 (2 of 2)
Box 768 f10 General Files-October 1994-January 1995 (1 of 3)
Box 768 f11

General Files-October 1994-January 1995 (2 of 3)

Box 768 f12 General Files-October 1994-January 1995 (3 of 3)

Univ MU Box 769 

Box 769 f1

General Files-February 1995-August 1995 (1 of 3)

Box 769 f2 General Files-February 1995-August 1995 (2 of 3)
Box 769 f3 General Files-February 1995-August 1995 (3 of 3)
Box 769 f4 General Files-September 1995-February 1996 (1 of 2)
Box 769 f5 General Files-September 1995-February 1996 (2 of 2)
Box 769 f6 General Files-March 1996-December 1996 (1 of 2)
Box 769 f7 General Files-March 1996-December 1996 (2 of 2)
Box 769 f8

General Files-January 1997-December 1997 (1 of 3)

Box 769 f9 General Files-January 1997-December 1997 (2 of 3)
Box 769 f10 General Files-January 1997-December 1997 (3 of 3)
Box 769 f11 General Files-January 1998-December 1998 (1 of 2)
Box 769 f12 General Files-January 1998-December 1998 (2 of 2)
Box 769 f13 General Files-January 1999

Univ MU Box 770

Box 770 f1

Accreditation-AUBG Candidacy Application-Correspondence

Box 770 f2  Accreditation-Self Study
Box 770 f3 Accreditation-Site Team Report-Spring 1998
Box 770 f4 Board of Directors-Handbook-1996-1997
Box 770 f5 Evaluation Team Draft Report-November 1994
Box 770 f6 Extra Copies-News Clipping
Box 770 f7 Extra Copies-Newsletters
Box 770 f8

Extra Copies-Official Documents (1 of 2)

Box 770 f9 Extra Copies-Official Documents (2 of 2)
Box 770 f10 Final Evaluation Team Report-December 1994
Box 770 f11 Final Evaluation Team Report-University of Maine Response-February 1995
Box 770 f12 History of AUBG-Draft by Janet Connolly
Box 770 f13  Library Development (1 of 4)
Box 770 f14 Library Development (2 of 4)
Box 770 f15

Library Development (3 of 4)

Box 770 f16 Library Development (4 of 4)
Box 770 f17 Library Development-Correspondence involving Anne Larson

Univ MU Box 771

Box 771 f1

Library Development-Director Search

Box 771 f2 Library Development-Faculty Book Ordering
Box 771 f3 Library Development-Fairleigh Dickinson University Collection
Box 771 f4 Library Development-MARL
Box 771 f5 Library Development-Nazareth College Collection
Box 771 f6 

Library Development-Photographs

Box 771 f7 Library Development-Recommendations
Box 771 f8 Literary Magazine
Box 771 f9 Miscellaneous Materials-November 1993-May 1995
Box 771 f10

Official Documents

Box 771 f11 Pianists-Lorin Hollander and Patty Stowell-Fall 1996
Box 771 f12  Presidential Search-January-June 1993
Box 771 f13 Self Study-August 1994
Box 771 f14 Site Visit to University of Maine-October 1994
Box 771 f15  Student Complaints-James Graham
Box 771 f16 Travel-Bulgaria
Box 771 f17 

Confidential Material *permission required prior to viewing

Box 771 f18 Confidential Material *permission required prior to viewing
Box 771 f19 Confidential Material *permission required prior to viewing
Box 771 f20 Confidential Material *permission required prior to viewing
Box 771 f21 Confidential Material *permission required prior to viewing

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 spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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