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Research at the Archives

The permanently valuable records of State government are available in our Research Room. They include bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Orders, election returns, deeds to and from the State of Maine, maps from the Land Office, vital statistics, federal census records from Maine up to 1920, county court records dating back to the 1600’s, military records through World War I, Attorney General and State Supreme Court opinions, to name only a few.

Research Room Policy and Application for Privileges
Policies for access and use and the forms you will need to fill out, sign and bring with you (along with proper identification) to use the Reading Room.
Vital Records
Births, deaths, and marriages on a state-wide level in Maine from 1892 to 1922. Microfilm copies are arranged by last name alphabetically, then year-by-year by that surname. The Archives also has the originals of these records for those who need certified copies. The cost is $15.00 per certified copy or $10.00 for an uncertified copy.
The Maine State Archives has many record groups containing information which can be of use to those pursuing family history. These records, many of them on microfilm, can be viewed by the public in our Search Room.
Genealogy requests are not available over the phone. Please make requests by fax, mail or email only.
Digital holdings and online exhibits at the Maine State Archives
Judicial Records
Judicial records are a rich primary source of economic and social history, in addition to the obvious legal content. The Archives maintains three types of court records (dockets, records, and casefiles).
Land Office
Deeds and Related Materials, 1749-1949; Field Notes, 1803-1890; maps prepared by the Massachusetts and Maine Land Offices, or accumulated by those agencies and the Maine Forestry Department represent various surveys and lottings of boundary lines undertaken since the Eighteenth Century.
Originals of legislative petitions, bills, resolves, messages, and reports since 1820 are maintained in this collection.
Military Records to Statehood in 1820, Civil War Records, Revolutionary War Land Grants and Pension Applications.
Town History
Covering most communities in existence at the time the records were created, these include demographic and vital records, governmental records, military records and social and economic records.
Do you have old records that you may wish to donate? Check with our staff, then complete our Deed of Gift. (Doc, 92 KB)

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Internship Opportunity

The Maine State Archives offers unpaid internship opportunities for college credit in the summer, fall and spring semesters. 

Public Hours & contact info

  • Reasearch Room Hours
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00-4:00

  • Contact staff for questions regarding our holdings
  • Phone (207) 287-5795