Special Collections

Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine

The University of Southern Maine’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine collects material documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities. Current collections represent the African American, Jewish, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The Center promotes diversity and civil rights through research, education, and outreach.


African American Collection of Maine

Judaica Collection

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection

Sampson Center General Collection

Sampson Center Awards

Catalyst for Change Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Information about the Sampson Center


Board Directory

Governance Document


Programs and Publications

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Digital Commons@USM

Umpire 1967 Yearbook Cover University of Maine in Portland

Special Collections is now part of Digital Commons@ USM! Explore the complete yearbook collection from the University Archives of USM and all its predecessor institutions going back to 1919 and see more from our collections.

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