Special Collections

Explore Our Resources: Programs, Publications and Other Resources

For a complete listing of all available recorded past Special Collections events, please visit USM Digital Commons

Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine Events

Catalyst Award Dinner honoring Allen J. Sockabasin 2010

Catalyst Award Dinner honoring Howard M. Solomon 2011

Catalyst Award Dinner honoring Rita Kissen 2012

Catalyst Award Honoring Jean Byers Sampson: 'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson

African American Collection Events

Mapping African American History in Maine 

Catalyst Award Honoring Jean Byers Sampson: 'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson, University of Southern Maine

Sallie Chandler Biography - Sampson Center 2009 Catalyst for Change Award Winner, University of Southern Maine

Gerald E. Talbot Biography - Sampson Center Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, University of Southern Maine

Judaica Collection Events

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries at the Maine State Museum

National Council of Jewish Women, Southern Maine Chapter, and Immigration (Panel Discussion) 

LGBTQ+ Collection Events

FROM THE VAULTS: The Founding of the Maine Gay Men's Chorus

Community Zoom - Another Decade of Loss in Our Own Words: Struggle for Civil Rights

Valerie's: Telling a story with archival materials when you can't go to the archive

Community Zoom - Valerie's: Dance, Disobedience, and Activism in Southern Maine

Celebrating Our History Online: USM’s Virtual LGBTQ+ Collection and the Community,

South Portland Citizens for Justice Archives Interview

Collecting Maine's LGBTQ+ History: Zines & Photographs & Beyond

Interview with the Grandmas: 34 Year Herstory

Greatest LGBT Generation

LBGT Elders: Stonewall Generation Faces the challenges of Aging

Maine LGBT History: 40th Anniversary Panel at Portland Public Library

Schools in Trans*ition: Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students in K-12 Education

Changing the Game: A Panel Discussion on LGBT People in High School and College Athletics

Maine's Transgender Revolution. Part One

Maine's Transgender Revolution. Part Two.,

Other-sexual: Beyond Gay and Straight

Rita Kissen Biography - Sampson Center 2012 Catalyst for Change Award Winner

Rita Kissen - Sampson Center 2012 Catalyst for Change Award Program

Howard Solomon Biography - Sampson Center 2011 Catalyst for Change Award Winner

Howard Solomon - Sampson Center 2011 Catalyst for Change Award Program

Maine LGBT History: Life & Activism in the 70s. Part One.

Maine LGBT History: Life & Activism in the 70s. Part Two.,

Dale McCormick Biography - Sampson Center 2008 Catalyst for Change Award Winner

Catalyst Award Honoring Jean Byers Sampson: 'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson

Other Programs

Birney Family Reunion     Part One     Part Two
Members of the Birney family came together to talk about their memories of the Birney girls, their aunts Lois Birney Spear, Elvira Birney, Margaret Birney and Martha Birney from New Gloucester, Maine. This video was created on September 5, 2013 to complement the Birney Family Papers, in the General Manuscript Collection in Special Collections at the University of Southern Maine. The collection includes diaries, photographs, scrapbooks and other material documenting the lives of the Birneys, particularly Martha and Elvira, two sisters  who lived together on a farm in Oxford, Maine (at the time of purchase the property was part of South Paris, Maine).

Guatemala In Words and Images
Opening reception for the Guatemala Collection, April 25, 2013.

Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine Publications

2005 Annual Event Catalog
The Ties That Bind: Experiences of Family in Maine, 1900-Present

2006 Annual Event Catalog
Liberating Visions: Religion and the Challenge of Change in Maine,1820 to the Present

2007 Annual Event Catalog
'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson

2008 Annual Event Catalog
Diversity at the Ballot Box: Electoral Politics and Maine's Minority Communities, Post-WWII to the Present

African American Collection Publications

Please visit USM Digital Commons for a complete list.

Judaica Collection Publictions

Diversity at the Ballot Box: Electoral Politics and Maine's Minority Communities, Post-WWII to the Present

'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson

Liberating Visions: Religion and the Challenge of Change in Maine,1820 to the Present,<

The Ties That Bind: Experiences of Family in Maine, 1900-Present

LGBTQ+ Collection Publications

LGBTQ+ History in Maine: A Documentary History Reader

Diversity at the Ballot Box: Electoral Politics and Maine's Minority Communities, Post-WWII to the Present

'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson

Liberating Visions: Religion and the Challenge of Change in Maine,1820 to the PresentThe Ties That Bind: Experiences of Family in Maine, 1900-Present

Catalyst for Change Awards

The Sampson Center Catalyst for Change Award was created to acknowledge individuals who have been catalysts for change regarding diversity, equality, human and civil rights in Maine, particularly (but not exclusively) as it relates to the Sampson Collection populations (African American; Jewish; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender). This award commemorates the life, work, and values of Jean Byers Sampson.

Other Resources

Many items from our collections can be viewed on Digital Commons.

 

Mainers who have worked for civil rights and social justice

Sallie Chandler

biography

 

 

Sallie Chandler

Jean Byers Sampson

biography

 

 

Jean Byers Sampson

Rita Kissen

biography

speech

Rita Kissen

Allen J. Sockabasin

biography

speech

Allen Sockabasin

Dale McCormick

biography

 

Dale McCormick

Howard Solomon

biography

speech

Howard Solomon

 

 

Gerald E. Talbot

biography

speech

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 Gerald Talbot