Archives Services

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.

Effective immediately, for Superior Court records after 1929 and District Court records after 1960, please contact the appropriate court to access these records. Contact information can be found on the courts' website.

Research 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 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.

Other Resources at the Maine State Archives

  • 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).