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About Maine State Archives

The Maine State Archives, a bureau within the Department of Secretary of State, maintains approximately 95 million pages of official State records considered to be permanently valuable. These include bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor's Executive Council Reports, election returns, deeds to and from the State of Maine, maps from the Land Office, vital statistics, federal census records from Maine up to 1930, county court records dating back to the 1639, and military records through World War I, to list a few.

Our Archives Services Division preserves and provides access to these archival records. Researchers may request general information or specific records by contacting us in person, by phone, FAX, or e-mail.

Our Records Management Services Division identifies and schedules State and local government records to insure they are retained and, if not archival, destroyed properly. The Division conducts training and creates publications to assist government agencies in meeting general records management requirements. Its State Records Center maintains approximately 120 million pages of official State records not currently needed in State offices and scheduled for ultimate destruction.