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Academic Affairs. Vice President For Academic Affairs & Provost. International Academic Programs. American University in Bulgaria (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-012-006-001

Scope and Contents

This record group mostly contains textual information created and curated by University of Maine staff regarding the development and operation of the American University in Bulgaria (AUB) and its relationship with the University of Maine. There are also photographs of the AUB library and audio recordings of student testimonies.

The record series Board Of Directors & Committee Records contains copies of Board meeting minutes, handbooks, official documents, copy of the Agreement with the University of Maine, committee meeting material, and Board correspondence.

The record series General Files contains general information on a range of subjects related to AUB.

The record series Accreditation & Evaluation Records contain various reports, correspondence, and statements regarding the accreditation of AUB, evaluations, and self-studies.

The Publications & Publicity Material contains news clippings regarding AUB and copies of AUB newsletters and magazines, president reports, and directory.

The Library Development Records contains various material concerning the development of the AUB library including President Reports, newsletters, correspondence, book orders and collection purchases, press releases, budget information, staffing information, photographs of the library, and report with recommendations for the library.

The Employee & Student Records record series contains information regarding the search for a new AUB president, student complaints and concerns regarding specific faculty and administrators, information for AUB faculty, and recordings of student testimonies.


  • Creation: 1989-2014
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1991-1999


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Access Restrictions

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and legally protected information will be redacted before release.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

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.


8 boxes

1 box (Half size box)


This record group contains information concerning the development and operation of AUB. Included are board meeting minutes, inter-office correspondence, publicly released official documents, AUB newsletters and magazines, informational pamphlets and postings, accredidation and site evaluations, material concerning the development of the AUB library, and information regarding staffing, student complaints, and information for faculty.

Organization and Arrangement

The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Board of Directors and Committee Records, 2. General Files, 3. Accreditation & Evaluation Reports, 4. Publications & Publicity Material, 5. Library Development Records, and 5. Employee and Student Records.

Physically the series Board of Directors and Committee Records in Boxes 1 & 2 are arranged chronologically by year of meeting. Box 3 onwards folders in this series is arranged by subject.

The series General Files in Boxes 2-5 are physically organized chronologically by year. Box 6 onwards this series is arranged by subject.

Boxes 6 & 7 are arranged in alphabetical order by subject. Boxes 8 & 9 are arranged by subject.

Researchers should note that because of the nature of the physical organization, like material may be found in more than one area of the record group as some material that is filed chronologically may also appear in the series organized by subject.

File names and dates were added. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.



Some box number have changed:

  1. Old Box #765 (New Box 1)
  2. Old Box #766 (New Box 2)
  3. Old Box #767 (New Box 3)
  4. Old Box #768 (New Box 4)
  5. Old Box #769 (New Box 5)
  6. Old Box #770 (New Box 6)
  7. Old Box #771 (New Box 7)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Boxes 1-7 were transferred to Special Collections by the Office of the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Maine.

The contents of Box 9 were transferred to Special Collections in February 2019 by Marisue Pickering, Professor Emerita, Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Accruals of records related to the American University in Bulgaria are anticipated.


Formerly SpC MS 0014.


Formerly SpC MS 0014.

Processing Information

Boxes 1-7 were originally processed by Kristi L. Palmer, but were re-processed in March, 2019 by Matthew Revitt, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Also processed by Revitt were Boxes 8 & 9. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. The boxes and folders were numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

University Of Maine. American University in Bulgaria Records
Kristi L. Palmer & Matthew Revitt
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States