Category: Online Collections

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

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The May 2018 issue of Downeast Magazine included a feature on a growing collection of historical content that we’ve been working on in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.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

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

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