Online collection documents activism by women’s organizations in Maine

A new digital collection from the University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library chronicles the activism and public discourse of women in Maine from the late 1800s to the present. 

The Maine Women’s History Collection documents the efforts of women’s organizations to address a variety of social and political issues including women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, child care, health care, environmental pollution, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and social stratification, and provides evidence of persistent obstacles to gender equality, such as gender stereotypes, employment discrimination and domestic violence.

The online collection gives researchers a single source for searching and viewing thousands of documents from organizations that helped advance women’s rights in Maine and the United States. The materials in the collection, which consist primarily of records and publications from Maine women’s organizations, include government publications, academic studies and documents from Maine organizations that allied with feminist groups. To date, more than 10,000 pages of materials have been digitized and added to the collection.

The majority of materials were digitized from the collections of Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department, which managed the project. 

For more information, contact Special Collections at 207.581.1686 or