Who Can Vote? Display

Fogler Library has been selected to host the traveling exhibit Who Can Vote? : A Brief History of Voting Rights in the United States, a display developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History with the support of the Annenburg Public Policy Center. The topic of this traveling display has been popular and the institute has received more than 140 applications so far this year. 

Seven panels, located in the Reserve Reading Room, describe national events from 1787 to present.  An added display case features materials available through Fogler Library and the Special Collections & Projects Department with perspective from Maine, New England, and Maritime Canada. Groups are welcome to contact us to have voting-related materials added to a table near the exhibit.  All items will be on display on the library’s first floor through February 16, 2024.

Additional resources for those interested in this topic

Available online

The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Exhibition Guide and Educator’s Guide

Fogler Library’s Hot Topics: Elections guide with information on Voting in Maine, Voting at UMaine, and Registering to Vote and Your Sample Ballot

Maine Suffrage Trail: Road to the 19th Amendment project information, booklet, and podcast series

Franco-American Center lectures Franco-Americans in Maine Politics and Voting and Franco-American Women’s Suffrage Movement and Legislators

Items on display were drawn from the following collections

A woman at a table assisting a student in registering to vote in 1971
University of Maine Photographs CollectionRegistering to vote in the Memorial Union in 1971

Isabel W. Greenwood Papers

League of Women Voters Records

University of Maine Photographs Collection

Microfilm collection, Le Messager, a French-language newspaper published in Lewiston, Maine

U. S. Government publications, The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Maine State government publications, Civil Rights Issues in Maine: a Briefing Summary on Hate Crimes, Racial Tensions, and Migrant / Immigrant Workers

For more information

Contact the Special Collections & Projects Department by phone at 207.581.1686 or email um.library.spc@maine.edu.