CUMBERLAND CENTER, Maine — Maine is believed to have as many as 1,000 potential archival collecting institutions, and now there’s a push on to bring them into a larger support network.
Maine Archives and Museums, a membership organization, is launching an outreach project which will try to identify local collecting institutions in all of Maine’s towns, gather data on their holdings and institutional needs, and connect them with a larger network.
Group Director Erin Bishop says there’s no single, up-to-date list of all the historical societies, small museums and other collecting institutions in Maine. Bishop says there’s no way of telling who’s out there collecting and preserving the state’s historical and cultural treasures, or what types of collections they have.
The project, funded by a private grant, would answer some of these questions.