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The Maine State Archives will be undergoing renovations beginning February 19th and continuing through the month of March. During this time some records may be unavailable or take extra time to retrieve. Please contact us in advance if you plan to visit during this time to ensure that the records you are seeking are available.
ALSO Archives Search Room will be closed to the public March 5-9, 2018 to allow staff to work on special projects. Messages will be checked daily.
We appreciate your consideration and cooperation at this time.
The permanently valuable records of State government are available in our Search Room. They include bills introduced in the Legislature, Governor’s Executive Orders, election returns, deeds to and from the State of Maine, maps from the Land Office, vital statistics, federal census records from Maine up to 1920, county court records dating back to the 1600’s, military records through World War I, Attorney General and State Supreme Court opinions, to name only a few.
- Search Room Policy and Application for Privileges
- Policies for access and use and the forms you will need to fill out, sign and bring with you (along with proper identification) to use the Research Room.
- Vital Records (Vital Records Changes.pdf)
- As of May 1, 2015, the Data, Research and Vital Statistics, Vital Records Office, DHHS, will issue ALL vital records from 1892 to present. Maine State Archives will continue to issue non-certified copies of documents prior to 1892.
The Maine State Archives has many record groups containing information which can be of use to those pursuing family history. These records, many of them on microfilm, can be viewed by the public in our Search Room. Maine State Archives can issue plain copies of pre-1892 vital records for a fee, but our vital records have also been scanned and can be found on the Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 page at FamilySearch.org. Request for copies of post-1892 plain or attested vital records should be directed to the Data, Research and Vital Statistics, Vital Records Office by calling 207-287-3771 or 1-888-664-9491.
Genealogy requests are not available over the phone. Please make requests by fax, mail or email only.
- Digital holdings and online exhibits at the Maine State Archives
- Civil War Records
- Accounts, Correspondence, Photos, Chamberlain Letters, Muster Rolls
- Revolutionary War Land Grants
- These lists tell the soldier's name, residence, and the source of the application.
- Judicial Records - Judicial records are a rich primary source of economic and social history, in addition to the obvious legal content. The Archives maintains three types of court records (dockets, records, and casefiles).
- Land Office - Deeds and Related Materials, 1749-1949; Field Notes, 1803-1890; maps prepared by the Massachusetts and Maine Land Offices, or accumulated by those agencies and the Maine Forestry Department represent various surveys and lottings of boundary lines undertaken since the Eighteenth Century.
- Legislature - Originals of legislative petitions, bills, resolves, messages, and reports since 1820 are maintained in this collection.
- Military - Military Records to Statehood in 1820, Civil War Records, Revolutionary War Land Grants and Pension Applications.
- Town History - Covering most communities in existence at the time the records were created, these include demographic and vital records, governmental records, military records and social and economic records.
Do you have old government or agency records that you may wish to donate? Contact Archives Services (207)287-5790 to make an appointment. Please note: we do not accept newspapers or published books (handwritten-ledgers are accepted).
- Internship Opportunity
- The Maine State Archives offers unpaid internship opportunities for college credit in the summer, fall and spring semesters.
- Volunteer Opportunity
- You can help the Maine State Archives accomplish its mission by assisting archivists with archival projects behind the scenes.
- Digital Maine Transcription Project
- You can lend a hand in making Maine's historical documents more accessible.
Public Hours & Contact Info
- Research Room Hours
- Mon-Fri: 9:00-4:00
- Contact staff for questions regarding our holdings
- Phone (207) 287-5790
- Maine State Archives Price List
- for Archives Services
- and Imaging Services