Special Collections Staff Favorites

Sewall Company Photo of Mount Katahdin

Paul’s latest favorite is this image of Mount Katahdin from the Sewall Company aerial photographs recently donated to the University of Maine and Raymond H. Fogler Library. Founded in 1880, Sewall began offering aerial photography services in 1948. Since this image of Mount Katahdin was taken that year, it was probably among the earliest aerial […]

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Netting Books and Needle

Our books on netting are among Elaine’s favorites, particularly because she was given her mother-in-law’s netting needle.  At one time, netting was a major industry for coastal Maine.  Techniques were used create and repair fishermen’s nets and glass float bags, and also for lace and many other decorative handicrafts.  Books within our collections on this […]

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Articles on Tibetan Community in Maine

Last year, a diligent researcher asked whether the Great Northern Paper Company Records included anything about a group of Tibetan workers who had been recruited in 1967 to be trained as loggers in the Maine woods. The Great Northern Paper Company Records have been one of our most popular collections for several years, but as […]

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UMaine Sports Jacket

Matthew’s current favorite is this replica 1960 UMaine sports jacket donated by the University of Maine Alumni Association. This thick wool jacket is both retro cool and would do a good job of keeping out the cold of a Maine winter. While collecting for the University Archive is focused primarily on written or printed records, […]

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Raymond F. Vigue’s Models

When thinking on our favorites, Elaine wanted to be sure to highlight one of Raymond F. Vigue’s models, like this 1947 Air Propelled Sled. Vigue was born in Winslow, Maine in 1913 and worked in the lumber industry until 1951. He then worked for Mack Trucks designing highly specialized machines and trailers used in off-highway […]

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Passengers boarding the Katahdin Ironworks Jitney, ca. 1929

Although the Iron Works had ceased production many years before, lumber crews and tourists still required transportation to the area. This ingenious one-of-a-kind solution was a Ford automobile fitted with rail wheels and a special cab. This is a great example of Maine ingenuity. This photograph is available for download in DigitalCommons@UMaine and is part […]

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Jane Monroe’s Diary

Nineteenth century women’s diaries provide documentation of women’s thoughts about their lives and the world around them, an important counterweight to more impersonal government records or personal records kept by men. Quite rare until about 1830, even the smallest diary can provide a glimpse into the life of the diarist and those around her. One […]

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Maine Town Reports

Elaine wishes more people knew about our town report collection. For many towns, we hold reports from the early 1800s to present, making this a great resource for exploring the history of any town in Maine.  Library staff members here and at the Maine State Library have been writing to towns to request their annual […]

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Booker T. Washington Letter

Matthew says of his favorite, “While processing a folder that had been titled ‘general correspondence’ of former university president Abram Harris I came across this hidden gem, a 1897 letter from Booker T. Washington to Harris. It’s rewarding to feel like researchers might now be able to more easily find this particular letter which has […]

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Summer Swimmers Photograph

One of Beth’s favorites is a photograph taken by Bert Call of swimmers gathered on driftwood at St. Albans, Maine.  She explains, “Upon moving back to Maine and starting to work in the Special Collections department, I took the opportunity to browse through some of the online collections. This photo reminds me of how summer […]

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