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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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Johnny Cash and Stephen King in Maine Campus

Paul says this photo of Johnny Cash performing Johnny B. Goode with Stephen King showcases not only one of UMaine’s most famous graduates, it also emphasizes that over the years, UMaine has always hosted first rate entertainment. This photograph appeared on the front page of the November 3, 1987 issue of Maine Campus, available for […]

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Edna St. Vincent Millay Papers

Desirée loves the lighthearted, humorous tone of Edna St. Vincent Millay in her letters to a friend in Bangor, Gladys Niles.  A note in the collections indicates that the version of Millay’s poem “Renascence” found there was a special copy typed specifically for Gladys.  The note is signed “Love, Vincent.” More information about this small […]

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