Special Collections: Subject Guides

The following links provide access to guides that have been prepared with information about many resources available in Special Collections or through Fogler Library when conducting research in these subject areas.  Feel free to contact Special Collections at 207.581.1686 or um.library.spc @ maine.edu for more information or to discuss your specific approach to these topics.

Finding Aids

Although not truly a subject guide, the Special Collections Finding Aids area in DigitalCommons@UMaine provides a way to learn more about our department’s manuscript collections.  All collections were tagged with subject terms as noted in the introduction.  A search box on the left allows for entering those terms to see a list of collections available in the areas of Agriculture, Architecture, Business & Industry, Education, and more.

Franco-American Genealogy

A guide to selected resources concerning Franco-American Genealogy available through the Special Collections Department and through online resources.


Special Collections has a number of resources of interest to those doing research in genealogy and family history.  This guide provides information about available databases, town histories, newspapers, maps, and information to help plan a research visit to UMaine.

History Subject Guide

This guide, prepared by a Subject Specialist in the Reference Department, highlights a wide variety of resources available to those studying history.  Perhaps of particular interest to those studying Maine-related topics will be the tab for American History.

Maine Logging and Lumbering History

A guide to selected resources concerning Logging and Lumbering History in Maine.

Northeast Archive of Folklore and Oral History

A guide to the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History (NAFOH) which includes folklife and oral history material generated through various class activities and grant based initiatives, as well as materials that have been deposited by donors from outside the University community.  NAFOH holdings are especially strong in documentation of occupations, foodways, community histories, lore and legends, traditional music, social activities, ritual and worship, material culture, and expressive arts.

Native American Related Resources

A subject guide that includes selected resources concerning Native American People in Maine located in the Special Collections Department.  Those interested in this topic may also want to consult the Native American Studies Guide prepared by a Subject Specialist in the Reference Department.

Theses & Dissertations

A guide that provides strategies for locating, accessing, and depositing theses and dissertations published at UMaine and beyond.

University Archives

A guide that provides information about the University of Maine records managed by Raymond H. Fogler Library. This guide was created to highlight material currently part of our collection, information on how to use the archive, and the process for transferring the records to Special Collections.

UMaine Campus and Buildings

A guide to resources on the history of Orono’s University of Maine campus and buildings.  This guide includes links to the 2007 Master Historic Preservation Plan, Frederick Law Olmsted’s 1867 Architect’s Report To the Board of Trustees of the College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts of the State of Maine and original architectural design, Plan of a Village Adapted to the Requirements of the Industrial College of the State of Maine, and information about many university record groups and resources available in Special Collections.

Contact Special Collections

UMaine Special Collections & Archives, 5729 Fogler Library, Orono, ME, 04469-5729

phone: 207.581.1686 | email: um.library.spc@maine.edu