Description of bookplate
Maps: (see the complete list of map holdings in Special Collections)
The Library's rare, unusual and fragile maps have been gathered together in the department. There are more than one hundred printed maps of Maine and of Maine towns and regions, dating from 1794 to 1923, among others.
Arranged by subject, with some subject cross-referencing; secondary access to this collection by main entry is also available. Major strengths include educational topics and institutions, conservation, political subjects, religious topics and sermons, and World War I.
Newspapers: (see the complete list of historic newspaper holdings in Special Collections)
A selection of American newspapers, most from the late-eighteenth through late-nineteenth centuries are housed in the department. These include approximately forty titles with multi-year runs and more than two-hundred titles with scattered issues. Most are from Maine and Massachusetts. Among them are:
Other highlights include:
The Maine Newspaper Project provides information about Maine newspapers held statewide.
Approximately forty-five World War I posters, including some French, but mostly large-format (up to 28" x 40") cloth-backed American posters issued by or in support of the YWCA, Liberty Loans, American Commission for the Near East, and the Red Cross. Several posters were drawn by notable artists such as Howard Chandler Christy, Joseph Pennell and Jessie Wilcox Smith.
Approximately 170 American World War II posters, most issued by the War Information Office or the Red Cross. These posters were used to encourage conservation, to raise funds for the war effort, to warn against spies and to publicize other domestic propaganda issues or government programs.
Nearly fifty titles of these conveniently-sized books published for exclusive distribution to members of the American Armed Forces, including works such as Henry James's Daisy Miller and Other Stories and W. Somerset Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence, as well as pocket guides to Alaska, Japan, and the western Pacific; a handbook of American-Japanese conversation; a Russian phrase book; and smaller-sized periodicals such as Newsweek, The New Yorker, and Time.