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Did you know Maine (the only one-syllable state!) used to be part of Massachusetts? No, really. It became its own state in 1820, though state archive records go back even earlier.
 
The Maine Archives Interactive site is a master index to (mostly offline) archived materials such as photos, maps, court cases and the usual arcana of state archives. There's a hodge-podge of items and records here:
 
 
You can download databases of the archives indexes. Materials include indexes of photos, legislative sessions, land grants, soldier rolls, town records and so on. Remember, these are indexes rather than actual archived materials.
 
Elsewhere, the Maine Historical Society has a large and diverse collection of more than 100 online exhibits with (thankfully) a good search tool for finding items of interest: 
  • A Brief History of Colby College
  • A Celebration of Skilled Artisans
  • A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland
  • A Craze for Cycling
  • A Day for Remembering
  • A Focus on Trees
  • A Handwritten Community Newspaper
  • A Parade, an Airplane and Two Weddings
  • A Riot of Words: Ballads, Posters, Proclamations and Broadsides
  • A Soldier's Declaration of Independence
  • A Tale of Two Sailmakers
  • A Tour of Sanford in 1900
  • Amazing! Maine Stories
  • Aroostook County Railroads
  • Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine
  • Atherton Furniture
  • Auto Racing in Maine: 1911
  • Away at School: Letters Home
  • Back to School
  • Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry
  • Blueberries to Potatoes: Farming in Maine
  • Bowdoin College Scientific Expedition to Labrador
  • Canning: A Maine Industry
  • Cape Elizabeth Shipwrecks
  • Capturing Arts and Artists in the 1930s
  • Chinese in Maine
  • Civil Defense: Fear and Safety
  • Clean Water: Muskie and the Environment
  • Colonial Cartography: The Plymouth Company Maps
  • Debates Over Suffrage
  • Drawing Together: Art of the Longfellows
  • Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin
  • Educating Oneself: Carnegie Libraries
  • Enemies at Sea, Companions in Death
  • Eternal Images: Photographing Childhood
  • Evergreens and a Jolly Old Elf
  • Extracting Wealth
  • Fair Season: Crops, Livestock, and Entertainment
  • Farm-yard Frames
  • Father John Bapst: Catholicism's Defender and Promoter
  • George W. Hinckley and Needy Boys and Girls
  • Gifts From Gluskabe: Maine Indian Artforms
  • Giving Thanks
  • Great War and Armistice Day
  • Guarding Maine Rail Lines
  • Hannibal Hamlin of Paris Hill
  • Harry Lyon: An Old Sea Dog Takes to the Air
  • Hermann Kotzschmar: Portland's Musical Genius
  • High Water
  • Hiking, Art and Science: Portland's White Mountain Club
  • History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways
  • How Sweet It Is
  • Hunting Season
  • Ice: A Maine Commodity
  • In Canada During the Civil War
  • In Time and Eternity: Shakers in the Industrial Age
  • Independence and Challenges: The Life of Hannah Pierce
  • Indians at the Centennial
  • Indians, Furs, and Economics
  • Irish Immigrants in Nineteenth Century Maine
  • J.A. Poor and the Portland-Montreal Connection
  • John Bapst High School
  • John Dunn, 19th Century Sportsman
  • La Basilique Lewiston
  • La St-Jean in Lewiston-Auburn
  • Laboring in Maine
  • Land Claims, Economic Opportunities?
  • Le Théâtre
  • Les Raquetteurs
  • Liberty Threatened: Maine in 1775
  • Lillian Nordica: Farmington Diva
  • Lock of George Washington's Hair
  • Longfellow: The Man Who Invented America
  • Looking Out: Maine's Fire Towers
  • Luxurious Leisure
  • Maine and the Space Age
  • Maine Politicians, National Leaders
  • Maine Streets: The Postcard View
  • May Baskets, a Dog, and a Party for Children
  • Meshach P. Larry: Civil War Letters
  • Monuments to Civil War Soldiers
  • Most Inconvenient Storm
  • One Hundred Years of Caring -- EMMC
  • Otisfield's One-Room Schoolhouses
  • People, Pets & Portraits
  • Picturing Henry
  • Poland Spring: Summering in Fashion
  • Powering Pejepscot Paper Co.
  • Practical Nursing in Waterville
  • Presidents and Campaigns
  • Protests
  • Raising Fish
  • Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic: Brooklin Schools
  • Rebecca Usher, Civil War Nurse
  • Samantha Smith's Questions
  • Samplers: Learning to Sew
  • San Life: the Western Maine Sanatorium, 1928-1929
  • Settling along the Androscoggin and Kennebec
  • Skiing Pleasant Mountain
  • Songs of Winnebago
  • Strike Up the Band
  • Summer's Favorite Game
  • Summer Camps
  • Sylvan Site: A Model Development
  • Taber Wagon
  • The 20th Maine
  • The Arrival of Winter
  • The Devil and the Wilderness
  • The Irish on the Docks of Portland
  • The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ
  • The Mainspring of Fashion
  • The Nativist Klan
  • The Public Face of Christmas
  • The Shape of Maine
  • The Swinging Bridge: Walking Across the Androscoggin
  • The Waldo-Hancock Bridge
  • Trolley Travel
  • Twenty Nationalities, But All Americans
  • Umbazooksus & Beyond
  • Valentines
  • War Through the Eyes of a Young Sailor
  • We Saw Lindbergh!
  • Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women
  • William King
  • Wiscasset's Arctic Connection
  • Women, War, and the Home Front
  • Writing Women
The University of Maine Library System has additional online resources, presented by category: 
 
 
Lastly, there's a nice list of Maine historical resources, both online and offline.
 
 
 
More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources:
 
 Historical Newspaper Archives          Ancestry.com         
 
 Genealogy Tools                                US Historical Newspapers        
 
 
Court Record Searches                        Public Records Searches 
 
 
 
 
 
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