To get started searching our collections, see this Guide to Finding Materials in Special Collections.
These are collections of printed material, mostly books, collected by an individual and donated to Special Collections. Each collection is named after the donor. The General Book Collection consists of books from the libraries of the USM’s predecessors as well as books Special Collections has collected since the 1970s.
This collection contains the records of groups, such as the Maine State Nurses Association, and material created or gathered by individuals. Records produced by groups are known as “Archives” and material produced by an individual are called “Papers.” These archives or papers are created by groups or individuals associated with USM or the material that supports the academic mission of the University.
These are the records produced by the University in its daily operations. Records include office paperwork, photographs, course catalogs, printed reports, musical programs, sports trophies, and many other items. This material is organized by the department that produced it and the overall arrangement of the Archives reflects the administrative structure of the University.
This collection consists of the records of groups and material gathered or created by individuals who have worked for social justice and civil rights in Maine.
This collection preserves the history of the African American communities in Maine by collecting material produced or collected by organizations and individuals. The collection was created when Gerald E. Talbot donated his papers and material about African Americans that he gathered throughout his life.
This collection preserves the history of the Jewish communities in Maine by collecting material produced or collected by organizations and individuals. The collection includes material from youth groups, such as Macabee Club, a Jewish high school group in Portland.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
This collection preserves the history of the LGBT communities in Maine by collecting material produced by organizations and individuals. This collection also contains a book collection, is rich in both archival and personal papers, and contains a collection of photographs documenting the LGBT activism in the 1990s.
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