Special Collections, part of the University Libraries, collects and preserves rare materials, including books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts. The Department is made up of three meta-collections: General Rare Books and Manuscripts, the University Archives, and the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. Special Collections supports the academic mission of the University by inviting classes to use its collections in hands-on exercises where students learn research skills.

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Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine (collections regarding the State's diversity and its African American, Jewish, and LGBTQ+ communities)

University Archives

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