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The Office of State Historian

Since its establishment by the Maine Legislature in 1907, the Office of State Historian has adapted to the changing needs of Maine’s historical community. Six individuals have held the post during its first century: Henry S. Burrage, Augustus F. Moulton, Edward K. Gould, Thomas M. Griffiths, Robert M. York, and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

Amended in 1999, the law which currently defines the Office of State Historian is as follows:


The Governor shall appoint the State Historian. The State Historian must be a resident of the State, a member of an historical society in the State and distinguished as a researcher, writer, lecturer or teacher of Maine history. In making the appointment, the Governor shall consider any recommendation for the position by the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council. The term of appointment for the State Historian is 4 years or until a successor is appointed and qualified. Reappointment is permitted.


The duties of the State Historian are:

  • History and heritage. To enhance the knowledge of Maine citizens of the State’s history and heritage;
  • Teaching of history. To encourage the teaching of Maine history in the public schools;
  • Consult. To serve as a consultant to the Governor and Legislature on matters pertaining to Maine history;
  • Lecture. To lecture on topics of Maine history within the historian’s area of expertise as determined appropriate by the State Historian;
  • Respond to inquiries. To respond to inquiries about the existence and location of documents, artifacts and other materials of Maine history; and Report. To report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over cultural affairs during the first regular session of each legislative biennium.

You may contact the State Historian at:

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
55 Capitol Street
Augusta, Maine 04333
Phone: 207-287-9296
Fax: 207-287-2335