Maine Historical Society



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The Brown Research Library holdings are searchable through MHS' online public access catalog, Minerva. This includes general history and Maine history books (town, school and church histories, vital records, etc), genealogies, rare books, journals, manuscript collections, maps, pamphlets, original newspapers, broadsides and ephemera. While photographic collections appear in Minerva, item level photographs are best researched through the MHS museum collections & photograph database. Architectural and engineering drawing collections also appear in Minerva, but for specific commissions, please submit a query through the Ask a Librarian form.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact us. We are happy to assist!

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You may also search:

Search this Website for information about the Maine Historical Society.
Search the Maine Memory Network for historical photographs, documents, and artifacts from over 270 organizations in Maine and new England.
Search the Museum collections database & photograph database for museum objects, photographs, select autograph letters, architectural drawings and newspapers held at MHS.
Search Vintage Maine Images to order reproductions and digital files.

About Minerva:

Maine Historical Society Research Library collection records are cataloged into Minerva—a statewide integrated library system created by the Maine Info Net Project, in association with the Maine State Library. The database is a consortium; please note the specific physical location of the items in a search result.

More information about our library holdings.

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