Special Collections

The Fogler Library Special Collections Department was established in 1970 as a repository for Maine-related material. Virtually all available printed bibliographical, historical, and descriptive works on the state as well as literary titles by Maine authors are housed in this department.

Books, pamphlets, state documents, and other forms of printed material provide extensive coverage of Maine’s cities, towns, counties, people and institutions. These printed resources are complemented by a substantial body of original source materials. While the collections are largely Maine-related, some material pertaining to broader subject areas, such as maritime history, are also found in the department.  Our Collections Page provides more about our collections and how to search for material related to your research.

Department Overview

Everyone is welcome in the Special Collections Department on the third floor of Raymond H. Fogler Library.  Please review our policies before coming in person to use the collection. 

Summer hours:  Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every other Saturday.

Please note our summer Saturday schedule.  During the summer, Special Collections will be open every other Saturday until the 2019-2020 academic year resumes.

OPEN 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • June 1
  • June 15
  • June 29
  • July 13
  • July 27
  • August 10
  • August 24

(Closed June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17 and August 31)

Please also note: Special Collections is CLOSED on the following summer holidays:

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 27, 2019)
  • Independence Day (Thursday, July 4, 2019)
  • Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2019)

For additional information about building hours, visit the Fogler Library hours page.

Directions and parking information are available from the University of Maine web site.

Contact Special Collections

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

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