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Maine: A Community and Environmental History, Hist 2607/ENVS 2447: Home

History 2607/ ENVS 2447

Maine State Flower

Professor: Sarah McMahon

Librarian: Barbara Levergood

Major Sources on Maine History

Maine Local Histories (from Ray's Place, Explore New England's Past)
Digitized town and county histories written during the 1880's. Many are from Varney's A gazetteer of the state of Maine (see below).

A survey of the state of Maine: in reference to its geographical features, statistics and political economy, Moses Greenleaf, 1829. (print, online)
Spec Coll HA416 .G8 1829

A gazetteer of the state of Maine, George Jones Varney, 1881. (Print, online, and Internet Archive.)

Maine: A Guide 'Down East', written by workers of the Federal Writers Project of the WPA, 1937. (print, online, and Internet Archive)
Main Ref F17.3 .F42
2d ed. Revision prepared by the Maine League of Historical Societies and Museums
Main Ref F17.3 .M3 1970

Public Documents of the State of Maine, 1840-1940
Governor's message and executive agency reports--Agriculture, Health, Transportation, etc.
For other Maine State Documents from 19th and early 20th century—use Bowdoin Library Catalog and MaineCat to identify and locate.

Maine History Research Guide
Books, internet sites and other information available at Bowdoin.

Other collections

Portland History at the Portland Public Library
"Portland Public Library is the top research and preservation resource for the history of the Greater Portland area." Also very strong in Maine historical newspapers.

Catalog of the Maine Historical Society
"At this time, the majority of our library holdings are electronically cataloged, including general history and Maine history books (town, school and church histories, vital records, etc), as well as some manuscript, map, and pamphlet collections." (January 2014) The MHS has a particularly strong collection of historical newspapers.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

A sampling of terms to use in a subject or keyword search of CBBcat, WorldCat, the catalogs of other libraries, or America: History and Life. (Of course, you would substitute the name of your place.) Because some catalog records may include variations on these subject terms, do a keyword search to maximize retrieval of records. Example:
brunswick AND (maine OR me) AND history

  • Maine -- History
  • Maine -- History -- 19th century
  • Cumberland County (Me.) -- History
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- History
  • Brunswick (Me.)
  • Brunswick region (Me.)
  • Brunswick Naval Air Station (Me.)
  • First Parish Church (Brunswick, Me.)
  • Bowdoin College
  • Architecture, Domestic -- Maine -- Brunswick
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Climate
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Commerce -- History
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Directories
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Telephone directories
  • Brunswick region (Me.) -- Telephone directories
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Biography
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Description and travel
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Economic conditions
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Genealogy
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- History
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Religious life and customs -- 19th century
  • Brunswick (Me.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century

Subject Guide

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Barbara Levergood
Bowdoin College
H-L Library, Office 110B
3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine 04011-8421
fax: 207-725-3083
Website / Blog Page

Call number ranges for Maine history

You can browse the shelves in these call number ranges for Maine history:

F1 - F15 New England local history
F16 - F30 Maine local history.
For Maine before it seceded from Massachusetts in 1820, also consult F61 - F75, Massachusetts local history.
Z1251.E1 New England bibliographies
Z1291 - Z1292 Maine bibliographies
Govt Doc Maine Maine government publications, town and county reports

Bowdoin College Library
3000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011