From the Maine Secretary of State:
The Maine State Archives has launched its first-ever catalog of its holdings, via the online ArchivesSpace portal , Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced today.
For the first time in the Maine State Archives’ 56-year history, researchers can now search through the bureaus listing of collections online to see if the Archives is the right resource for their purposes, before contacting an archivist to access the actual documents.
“This is a first step, for the public to have an awareness of what we hold, and we will be building it into a public resource that will eventually link up with the actual digital copies of items such as documents and maps that we have posted to DigitalMaine,” said Katherine McBrien, Deputy Secretary for Archives.
The launch of the Maine State Archives ArchivesSpace portal is the product of five years of work, recently accelerated by the inventory necessitated by the ongoing extraction of holdings from the Cultural Building during building repairs.
The Maine State Archives maintains approximately 100 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable, such as bills introduced in the Legislature, Governors Executive Council Reports, election returns, deeds, maps and military records through World War I. In addition, the bureaus Records Management division is the custodian of all State records that must be retained for certain statutory periods of time.
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