Display on Somali Experience

A new display in the library’s first floor corridor highlights several resources available in the Special Collections and Projects Department on the Somali experience in Lewiston, Maine.  Inspired in part by Black History Month, items will be on display for the month of February, 2024.

Resources on display: 

  • An analysis of the employment patterns of Somali immigrants to Lewiston from 2001 through 2006 / Center for Workforce Research and Information, Maine Department of Labor and Maine State Planning Office. Augusta, Me. : The Depts., 2008
  • Bits and pieces : stories of young Somali women in Maine / edited by Mazie Hough, Kim Huisman, Kristin M. Langellier, and Carol Toner. Orono, Me. : University of Maine, 2009
  • Call me American : a memoir / Abdi Nor Iftin. New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House, 2019
  • Home now : how 6000 refugees transformed an American town / Cynthia Anderson. New York : Public Affairs, 2019
  • Making refuge : Somali Bantu refugees and Lewiston, Maine / Catherine Besteman. Durham : Duke University Press, 2016
  • One goal : a coach, a team, and the game that brought a divided town together / Amy Bass. New York : Hachette Books, 2018
  • A Somali Bantu history / by the Somali Bantue Youth Association of Maine. Lewiston, Me. : Somali Bantu Youth Asso. of Maine, [2010]
  • Somalis in Lewiston, Maine Collection, MF163, Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, 2003-2004 (digitized oral history interviews and documentation available online)
  • Somalis in Maine : crossing cultural currents / edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier, Carol Nordstrom Toner. Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, 2011
  • “Why Maine? Secondary Migration Decisions of Somali Refugees,” by Kimberly A. Huisman. Irinkerindo, 12/2011, Volume 5, Issue 5

For more information, contact Special Collections & Projects by phone at 1.207.581.1686 or email um.library.spc@maine.edu.