Archives Month and archives events

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From the Society of American Archivists

October brings us American Archives Month.  It will also wrap up a series of special events at USM’s Franco-American Collection.

The series, which began in May with a talk by Mary Rice-DeFosse (Bates College), highlights Franco-Americans’ wartime experiences.  It continues on September 20 at 5:00 p.m. with a talk by Susan Pinette and Lisa Michaud (University of Maine).  Then James Myall (Maine Center for Economic Policy) will give a talk on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. On October 22, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., people can bring in their artifacts from the military or the wartime home front for scanning. All events will take place in Room 170 of the Lewiston-Auburn Campus.  For more information please call (207) 753-6545.  You can join the Franco-American Collection’s mailing list as well.

Let’s not forget the special events and exhibits taking place in USM’s Special Collections.  A major part of Special Collections is the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.  This Center includes an African American Collection; a Judaica Collection; and a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection.  On October 19 at 6:30 p.m., the Sampson Center will sponsor a showing of Black Memorabilia, a film in progress by Chico Colvard.  The film concerns the issue of racist collectibles and will take place at Portland’s SPACE Gallery.  For more information please contact  You can also join the Special Collections mailing list.

Though the collections’ holdings preserve history, such events relate history to timely issues.  These happenings are examples of events taking place at archives and special collections* in general.  Archives Month reminds us of activity here at USM.

*NOTE: Though “archive” has a specific meaning, I use the term broadly for different types of collections with archival functions.


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