Special Collections Staff Favorites

Maine Militia Flag

This Maine Militia Flag is a favorite, particularly during this year of celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial of Statehood. After separating from Massachusetts in 1820, new flags were needed to represent each of Maine’s approximately 100 military companies. Inspired by an elegant design that had previously been created for the Westbook Light Infantry Company by the […]

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LBJ License Plate

Kari found this favorite, an “All the Way with LBJ” license plate, as she was processing the David C. Smith papers. She explains, “Historically speaking, this license plate caught my attention because during the 1960s most states only required one license plate, so most citizens could display their political party of choice on their car. […]

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Maine Clam Industry Materials

Elaine chooses as her new favorite our several resources related to the Maine clam industry.  These include scientific and economic studies in our state documents collection, theses and dissertations, and fun books in our children’s and juvenile literature collections, like Newberry: The Life and Times of a Maine Clam. The Northeast Archive of Folklore and […]

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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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