If you or your students need ideas for a research project or creative work, inspiration may be closer than you realize. USM has special collections of rare primary source materials in a variety of formats: photgraphs, texts, recordings, ephemera, etc.
At the Glickman Library (Portland Campus) you’ll find a General Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection, the University Archives, and the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. The Sampson Center collects materials on Maine’s African American, Jewish, and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender communities.
At the Lewiston-Auburn College you’ll find the Franco-American Collection. The Collection also has material on Lewiston’s history and a few items on the College’s history.
These collections not only preserve culture, but also serve as resources for the creation of new culture. Please consider including them in your courses. Why ignore possible inspiration when it is nearby?