Special Collections Highlights

Special Collections Highlighted in MAINE Alumni Magazine

Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department is highlighted in the Winter 2020 issue of MAINE Alumni Magazine in an article by Brad Beauregard, “All Things Maine: Fogler Library’s Special Collections is a treasure trove for both serious scholars and the casually curious.”  Special thanks to the University of Maine Alumni Association and to the researchers who […]

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History Professors Interviewed by News Center Maine in Special Collections

UMaine History Professors Liam Riordan and Mary Freeman were interviewed in Special Collections by Don Carrigan of News Center Maine as part of a special series, Maine Turns 200.  Items from Special Collections and several other archives from around the state were featured in Carrigan’s segment, “In January 1820, Maine petitioned Congress for statehood.”  Carrigan, […]

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Classes Welcome in Special Collections

Each semester, several classes visit Special Collection for an introduction to the department and a chance to explore what’s available.  It is often built into the course that students will return on their own for further, in-depth research.  While classes in history are our most frequent visitors, courses in political science, literature, women’s studies, higher […]

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Nearly 700 Boxes Accessed This Year

So far during 2019, researchers have accessed 689 boxes of manuscript material in the Special Collections & Archives Department of Fogler Library.  The highest use month was February, when 36 different researchers accessed 146 boxes during that month alone.  Projects that lead researchers into the archives include work on class projects, theses, books (both fiction […]

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Remnants of Our Lives Collection Available Online

The entire Remnants of Our Lives collection is now available online, with links to materials gathered in 47 interviews — a total of 1,020 digital items — including audio, transcripts, and photographs. “Remnants of Our Lives: Maine Women and Traditional Textile Arts” was an exhibition, sponsored and curated by the Northeast Archives of Folklore and […]

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Maine Bicentennial Materials in DigitalCommons@UMaine

As Maine’s Bicentennial approaches, institutions, scholars, students and residents are once again looking to examine the events that culminated in Maine’s statehood. To support these efforts, we have gathered from our collections items that we hope will be of particular relevance and will provide a variety of perspectives on sensitive topics related to political, economic, […]

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Online Presence Growing for Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History

More than 1,500 files are now available as digital objects through the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History section of the library’s ArchivesSpace database.  Recent additions include items on the Airline Road, Argyle Boom, and the Maine Women and Traditional Textile Arts Project Remnants of Our Lives.  A list of collections now available online […]

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New Ivy Day Webpage

Special thanks to our intern, Rachael Murphy, who created this webpage of information about Ivy Day, a 19th Century campus tradition. Several marble plaques featuring ivy leaves can still be found on campus buildings today. These pages explain why.

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Mystery in the Archives

By Matthew Revitt In June of this year, I received a call in Special Collections from Harold Borns, Professor Emeritus in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute. The mystery Professor Borns wanted to solve was whether Fogler Library’s University Archive records could prove that scientist Louis Agassiz came to […]

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News of the Day

By Pauline Bickford-Duane and Brad Beauregard In Massachusetts, a researcher at MIT hopes to verify that a well-known artist visited the University of Maine early in her career. In the Midwest, a UMaine alumnus searches for old photographs of his family members. Here in Maine, several former classmates reminisce on their early writing careers with […]

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