Digitizing Historical Newspapers from Microfilm

Maine State Library staff get first peek at “new” microfilm that will be used for digitization. Several boxes of newly duplicated microfilm recently arrived at the Maine State Library in preparation for the next phase of our newspaper digitization project.  The work is the result of a continuation of funding through the National Digital Newspaper

Land Office Plan Books uploaded, available online

The Land Office Plan Books, in the holdings of the Maine State Archives, are a significant collection of surveys of the State and are frequently requested by researchers. The maps are from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Maine showing the division of lands among settlers and establishment of boundary lines between Massachusetts, Maine and Canada.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Collection in DigitalMaine Repository

The May 2018 issue of Downeast Magazine included a feature on a growing collection of historical content that we’ve been working on in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The project includes nearly 1,100 reports and publications from the agency’s past that have been imaged on Maine State Library scanners and

National Digital Newspaper Project Update

The Maine State Library continues to make progress on the National Digital Newspaper Project. We will be adding 100,000 newspaper pages published in Maine between 1850 and 1922 to Chronicling America (ChronAm). ChronAm is a Library of Congress database funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The first batch of Maine newspapers is expected

Maine Hub Live in DPLA!

This past summer the Maine hub went live in DPLA with over 60,000 items from 64 different Maine based collections. Read DPLA’s Blog Post Welcoming Digital Maine The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an online searchable collaborative network. The site contains information on over 18 million items (and growing), contributed by a network

Maine’s Alien Registration of 1940

In 1940, as World War II was escalating in Europe, the United States was beginning to take precautions.  In Maine, one of those precautions was to begin registering all aliens living in the State.  On June 14, 1940, Governor Lewis E. Barrows ordered the registration of aliens living in Maine by proclamation.  Immediately these aliens

DigitalMaine Transcription Project

In March of 2017 the Maine State Library and the Maine State Archives launches a joint crowd-sourced transcription site. The site is open for anyone with an internet connection to create a user login and help with the project. Over the past 10 months hundreds of documents have been transcribe equalling thousands of pages. Born

A Different Perspective on World War I

Sometime in the early 1940s a pair of scrapbooks were anonymously donated to the Maine State Library. They contained postcards published in Germany during World War I or as it was known then the European War, 1914-1918. There are close to 500 individual postcards in the collection: some are reproductions of photo-graphs: others water colored