Maine State Guide
Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Maine Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State: Maine
The collections in the Archive of Folk Culture include folk cultural material from all fifty states, as well as United States trusts, territories, and the District of Columbia. Most of these areas have been served by the Folklife Center's cultural surveys, equipment loan program, publications, and other projects.
America's Library has features especially designed for elementary and middle school students.
Explore the States: Maine
Jump Back in Time
Maine Became a State, March 15, 1820
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Was Born February 27, 1807
African American Odyssey
Leonard Black. The Life and Sufferings of Leonard Black, a Fugitive from Slavery, relates aspects of his life as a pastor in Portland, Maine, and Boston, and as an itinerant preacher.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
The Voices of America
The first field recordings of Native American music contain Passamaquoddy songs, tales, and vocabulary, sung and spoken by Noel Josephs and Peter Selmore, as recorded by Jesse Walter Fewkes (1850-1930) at Calais, Maine, in mid-March 1890.
Studies for Jefferson Building Murals and A Muralist's Study
Kenyon Cox (1856-1919), Graphite drawings Pints & Photographs Division. Kenyon Cox received a commission to paint two lunettes in the Southwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, The Arts and The Sciences.
U.S. State Poets Laureate
This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate of Maine
The Guide to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including Maine.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) Collections
Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) are collections of documentary measured drawings, photographs, and written historical and architectural information for about 37,000 structures and sites in the United States and its territories. This collection includes Timber-frame Houses and Cape Cod houses with examples from Maine.
Exhibition dates: April 12, 2011-August 13, 2011. This exhibition will feature 379 Civil War-era ambrotypes and tintypes of enlisted Union and Confederate soldiers. These exceptional portraits document Civil War uniforms, hats, guns, swords, belt buckles, canteens, and musical instruments and include significant representation of African American troops and the families of soldiers.
Portraits of Named Civil War Enlisted Men
This is a list of all known photographs in the organized collections of the Prints & Photographs Division that depict named Civil War soldiers with the rank of private, corporal, or sergeant, including several from Maine.
National Child Labor Committee Collection
Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1924. The NCLC photos are useful for the study of labor, reform movements, children, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, industrial and agricultural sites, and other aspects of urban and rural life in America in the early twentieth century.
Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Maine to find more than 3,000 images related to Maine, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term Maine or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on Maine to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
Maine became the twenty-third state in the Union. Originally a province of Massachusetts, Maine is noted for its picturesque coastline and dense woodlands. Even today, ninety percent of Maine remains forested.
Congress approved An Act to Establish the Lafayette National Park at Mt. Desert Island on the coast of Maine on February 26, 1919. The park, expanded and renamed Acadia National Park in 1929, was the first national park east of the Mississippi.
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine. During his lifetime, Longfellow's poetry enjoyed extraordinary popularity at home and abroad.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from Maine.
A Web Guide for Primary Source Documents on the Missouri Compromise under which Maine became a state.