Special Collections

What is a Special Collection?

A special collection is a group of items that are rare or irreplaceable or rare. For this reason, special collections are stored separately from the rest of the library collections. Special collections focus around a single topic. Related materials are grouped in a repository. Often a repository will specialize in a limited number of subject areas for their special collections, to distinguish the institution from other libraries.


This guide will provide the researcher with a multitude of resources for the state of Maine that are available online or in person. Each institution will have a list of items that are available. Notation of whether the general public has access to the collection. Select your area of interest and let the research begin.

Additional Information

Links may move or break as well as resources will be updated so if questions arise then contact the library for assistance.

Accessibility Statement
The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for a workshop should contact UMA Libraries at uma.library@maine.edu to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later 1 week before the event.