University Archives Overview

The University Archives are the records produced by the University of Southern Maine. The Archives is arranged according to the hierarchal structure of the University.

  • Record Group (Colleges, Administrative Units)
  • Series (Academic Departments, Offices)
  • Subseries (record types, genres, i.e., correspondence, reports)

The Archives is divided into two groups:

  1. 1970—June 30, 2011 (RG). This group also includes the records of University of Maine, Portland-Gorham.
  2. post-July 1, 2011 (RG2011)

The Archives consists of unit level records documenting administration and unit activities (programming, publications) and do not include personnel records which are maintained by Human Resources. The Archives includes paper, printed, audio, visual, audio-visual materials. Major University publications are cataloged, particularly serials and sets, such as yearbooks and catalogs (see Archives Print Collection).


From the first Green and White published at Gorham Normal School in 1919 to the last printed yearbook of 1994, yearbooks contain a wealth of information about University history and the student experience.

Course Catalogs

Dating back to 1880, course catalogs describe the curriculum, faculty, staff, and students of Gorham Normal School, Gorham State Teachers College, Gorham State College, Portland University, Portland Junior College, University of Maine in Portland, University of Maine Portland-Gorham, and University of Southern Maine.

Student Newspapers

Over 30 student newspapers like today’s Free Press have been published at the University and its precursors by students of every generation.

Record Groups

Browse a detailed list of Record Groups and learn how to access the Registers.

University History

Learn about important events in USM’s history, its precursors in Portland and Gorham, past presidents, and historic buildings on campus.

Transfer Records

Learn how to transfer office files to the University Archives.