Gerald E. Talbot was the first African American to be elected to the Maine State Legislature. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978, and worked with the Maine chapter of the NAACP and the State Board of Education. He also took part in the struggle for civil rights in other parts of the country, as well as in Maine. The Collection includes Talbot’s personal papers, records of his term in the Maine House of Representatives, of his work with the NAACP in Maine and with the State Board of Education. The Collection contains books, serials, posters, artifacts, and photographs documenting African Americans in the United States, with an emphasis on Maine.
Date Range :ca. 1800s-1990s
Provenance: The Gerald E. Talbot Collection was compiled by Gerald E. Talbot over the course of his life and donated by him to the Sampson Center in 1995.
For more information on the full collection, please consult the finding aid

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Exhibitions Featuring Items from the Gerald E. Talbot Collection

Created by USM Special Collections
The History of the American Political Button, Then and Now

Created by USM Students
Race: Reflection and Reality (Fall, 2017)

Created by USM Faculty

For more information on Gerald E. Talbot, please consult the following:
Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity In Maine Lifetime Achievement Award
Photos from the Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

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