Category: Online Collections

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