These are collections of printed material, mostly books, collected by an individual and donated to Special Collections. Each collection is named after the donor. The General Book Collection consists of books from the libraries of the USM’s predecessors as well as books Special Collections has collected since the 1970s.

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John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection
The collection contains memoirs and biographies of pioneers and leaders in American nursing, as well as a diary of a nurse from the town of Mexico, Maine. As of March 2014, the collection contained 34 volumes. In 2018 the collection was expanded in size and scope to include the history of nursing, early nursing theory, nursing education, as well as examples of literary genres depicting nurses.

Shirley S. and Bernard Kazon Americana
Bernard Kazon, vice president of Eastland Shoe Corp., collected political works of early America as well as documents related to slavery. He and his wife donated their collection to USM in 1997. The Collection consists of printed items documenting American political history from the 18th-20th centuries, including books, pamphlets and documents pertaining to enslaved peoples.

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All works in these collections are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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John and Bonnie Fossett History of Nursing Collection

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