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American University in Bulgaria Records

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0014

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

Dates

  • 1989 February-1999 January 7

Creator

Access Restrictions

Some material is restricted.

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Extent

8 linear feet (7 boxes)

Overview

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

Historical Note

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 Blagoevgrad rather than Sofia was chosen as the site for the University. The first task of AUB 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 AUB's academic partner, the University of Maine extended its accreditation to that university until AUB 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 AUB's ruling Board of Directors. In May of 1999 the University of Maine's responsibilities concerning AUB 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 AUB moves along the road to full accreditation.

Organization and Arrangement

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 AUB 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer of files from the Office of the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Maine.

General

Processor of collection: Kristi L. Palmer.

Title
Guide to the American University in Bulgaria Records
Status
Box and folder list available
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686