Maine Memory Network
Maine Memory Network is a statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 35,000 historical items from over 260 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine.
Included in the database are:
- Letters, journals, notes, manuscripts, and other hand–written materials
- Photographs, albumen prints, glass plate negatives, paintings, and other images
- Sketches, woodcuts, broadsides, business cards, and other graphic items
- Architectural and mechanical drawings, maps, and other oversized documents
- Clothing, tools, household goods, archaeological artifacts, and other museum objects
- Audio and video files
Also on the Maine Memory Network you'll find over 100 online exhibits about Maine history and a timeline of selected events in Maine history from pre–1600 to the present.
Access to Maine Memory Network is free. Users can create an account, then use the online tools to save images to an album, annotate the images in the album, and share their album with friends, colleagues and students through email. Users can also explore online exhibits and send email postcards of historical documents and photographs.
Students and teachers are taking advantage of Maine's history being online. Teachers can save documents, access transcriptions of letters and journals, and access documents relating to Finding Katahdin, the University of Maine Press's Maine Studies textbook. Students can even make their own exhibits online.
The website was built and is maintained by the Maine Historical Society. Initial development was done with the help of Aurora & Quanta Productions. Seed funding came from the State of Maine, through the New Centuries Community Program. Continued funding was possible in part by a grant from the Technology Opportunities Program, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, and Jane's Trust, among other funders.
Please visit Maine Memory Network and explore the vast collections held in Maine.
You might also be interested in exploring the MHS Museum collections database at http://mainehistory.pastperfect-online.com/ to see museum objects, photographs, autograph letters, some architectural drawings, and newspapers that are not yet part of Maine Memory Network.