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May 19 , 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Henderson, State Archivist
(207) 287-5793

Maine State Archives Launches Online Service
Historic Documents Meet Today's Technology

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky and Maine State Archivist Jim Henderson announced on Tuesday that the Maine State Archives now makes locating historic documents and purchasing copies easier than ever before.

A new interactive online service has been developed in cooperation with InforME (the State's eGovernment portal), bringing the total number of online services offered by the Department of the Secretary of State to more than fifteen. The Maine Archives Interactive site can be visited at

State Archivist Jim Henderson noted that customers are able to query several databases in real time using a web browser and entering simple keywords. Once a record is identified and located, the Archives staff provides a price quote to the customer for copying the record and delivering it. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

Customers will now be able to search for descriptions of historical records dating back to 1639, from the convenience of their home, office, library or other location.

The Maine State Archives maintains approximately 93 million State government records, as well as some county and local government records. These records are useful for tracing genealogy, researching legislative history, studying the Civil War, acquiring information about military service, and learning more about public policy.

In addition to the new online service, the Archives will continue to assist customers through its Research Room in Augusta . Currently, that facility serves over 5,000 people and processes 12,000 requests annually. The Research Room is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. , except legal holidays.

“The Secretary of State's office takes pride in offering an increasing number of online services, and a wealth of information for Maine residents and visitors. This newest service will provide unprecedented access to historic documents, photographs and artifacts that are preserved and maintained by the Maine State Archives,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.