American Memory Historical Collections
Examples of materials related to the state of Maine are provided for the collections listed below. Search on the term Maine to locate additional resources within these American Memory collections.
The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Begun by Mr. Stern in the 1920s, the collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics.
Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress
This collection consist of correspondence, scientific
notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs
documenting Bell's invention of the telephone and his involvement
in the first telephone company, his family life, his interest
in the education of the deaf, and his aeronautical and other
at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States
from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of motion
America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945
The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. To locate photographs of Maine, browse the geographic location index for the Black-and-White Photos or the Color Photos.
Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University
of Chicago Library
This collection consists of 4,500 photographs documenting
natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in
the United States at the end of the 19th and the beginning
of the 20th centuries. Browse the collection by state to locate seventy-seven images of Maine.
American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
This collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents an historical view of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920. It represents the work of Harvard faculty, such as Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., Bremer W. Pond, and James Sturgis Pray, as well as that of prominent landscape architects throughout the country.
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project,
These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore
Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works
Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from
1936-40. The collection contains twenty-nine titles for Maine.
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment,
This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms
of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived
from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language
playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion
pictures, 10 sound recordings, 143 photographs, and 29 memorabilia
items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.
America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1864
The Library's daguerreotype collection consists of more than 725 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathew Brady studio make up the major portion of the collection.
and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs
by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955
This collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs
primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors
and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic
buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in
the northeastern United States. Search the collection to locate images of Maine.
in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American
Engineering Record, 1933-Present
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections
document achievements in architecture, engineering, and
design in the United States through a comprehensive range
of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the
collection by place to locate items for Maine
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.
- American State Papers, Senate, 20th Congress, 1st Session
Foreign Relations: Volume 6, Pages 893 through 944, No. 483. Report from the State of Maine relative to the Northeastern boundary of that state.
- American State Papers, Senate, 17th Congress, 1st Session
Public Lands: Volume 3, Page 451, No. 347. Application of Maine for a grant of land for the purpose of education.
War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society
The images in this collection are drawn from the New-York Historical Society's rich archival collections that document the Civil War.
Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964
This collection consists of 1,395 photographs taken by
American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between
1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait
photographs of celebrities, including many figures from
the Harlem Renaissance. Search the collection to find the twenty-one images of Maine.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
This collection includes cookbooks, photographs of billboards,
print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs,
and leaflets for a multitude of products. Search the collection to locate items pertaining to advertisement
The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress.
Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American
abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his
own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer,
writer, and publisher.
The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress
holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections
represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted
to digital form. The collection is organized according to
seven major categories: Cities
and Towns, Conservation
and Environment, Cultural
and Exploration, General
Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation
and Communication. Browse the geographic
location index to locate the 88 maps of Maine.
for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885
This collection consists of over 62,000 pieces of sheet
music registered for copyright during the nineteenth century.
Nineteenth Century in Print: Books
This collection is particularly strong in poetry and in
the subject areas of education, psychology, American history,
sociology, religion, and science and technology.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996
This collection represents a wide range of quiltmaking techniques, from highly traditional to innovative. The quilts pictured exhibit excellent design and technical skill in a variety of styles and materials.
Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
The collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. Browse the collection by place to locate images of Maine.
The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents ranging in date from 1606 to 1827. Correspondence, memoranda, notes, and drafts of documents make up two-thirds of the Papers.
Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit
Publishing Company, 1880-1920
This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing
Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives
and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph
prints, mostly of the eastern United States. Browse the
collection by place to locate more than 400 images of Maine.