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Historical Records Repositories in Maine

Collections by Period, Subject, and Types of Records

This Directory of Historical Records Repositories in Maine indicates the name, address and contact information for over 140 historical societies, museums, libraries and other organizations holding historical records. It also notes hours of operation, whether an appointment is needed for access, and a general description of collections by historical period, broad subject matter, and types of records. The heading "Repository" for each organization refers to a repository title if different from the name of the organization.

Each entry is linked to its related "home" page or other Web page reference, if known. Given the volatile nature of the information, researchers should contact repositories directly for details regarding specific collections and current access policies.

The directory is currently accessible through an alphabetical listing.

This information was compiled from a survey of repositories conducted in 1997 and supported by the Maine State Archives, and the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board through its planning grant funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The survey was part of a national effort coordinated by the Council of State Historical Records Coordinators.

Anyone wishing to offer comments, corrections or to be added to this directory may reply to janet.roberts@maine.gov or mail to Maine State Archives, 84 State House Station, Cultural Building, Augusta, Maine 04333.

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"Historical records" means record material having permanent or enduring value regardless of physical form or characteristics, including but not limited to manuscripts, personal papers, official records, maps, and audiovisual materials.

They include those records, generated in every facet of life, that further an understanding and appreciation of U.S. history. In the public sector, these historical records document significant activities of State, county, municipal, and other units of government. In the private sector, historical records include manuscripts, personal papers, and family or corporate archives that are maintained by a variety of general repositories as well as materials in special collections relating to particular fields of study, including the arts, business, education, ethnic and minority groups, immigration, labor, politics, professional services, religion, science, urban affairs, and women.

They generally do not include published materials, such as books, magazines and newspapers.