To preserve and celebrate the history of Maine’s diversity, civil rights, and social justice.


The University of Southern Maine’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine collects and makes accessible material culture documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities. Current collections represent the African American, Jewish, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ communities, as well as civil rights social justice for all. The Center promotes its vision through education and outreach..

Information about the Sampson Center


Digital map of Maine

Interactive Map of the Sampson Collections

Explore manuscript and print material by and about the African American, Jewish, and LGBTQ+ communities in Maine, as well as material on diversity, civil rights, and social justices, presented geographically.