Maine State Archives

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Maine State Archives
Maine State Library, Museum & Archives, Augusta, ME.

Contact Information


Mailing:   84 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

Physical:  230 State Street
Augusta, Maine 04333

Telephone:[1]  207-287-5795  Fax:  207-287-5517

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday-Friday 8:00 to 4:00 (except legal holidays)

Internet sites and databases:

  • Maine State Archives includes online services, publications, news, Archives Interactive, CCC info, marriage and death databases, downloadable databases, researcher and historical group services.
  • Archives Interactive describes records available at the MSA including photos, maps, court records, municipal records (birth, marriage, death) and microfilms, town legal histories, and newspapers.
  • Marriage database 1892-2009 search by bride's/groom's names, and/or by town, and narrow by date.
  • Death database 1960-2009 search by name, and/or by town of death, and narrow by date.
  • Databases for downloading include military (Civil War, Mexican War, War of 1812), CCC, courts, divorces 1800-1891, photos, maps, railroads, town records 1630-1990, and minor civil divisions.

Collection Description

The MSA collection includes town meeting minutes, births, marriages, and deaths from 1630 to 1922. About half the pre-1892 records have been indexed. They also have federal censuses 1790-1930, a 1837 state census, deeds 1794-1940, court and military records.[3] MSA also has a list of private researchers for hire.


Before a visit, save time by printing and completing a Research Room Privileges Application (PDF, 78 KB).


  • Town Records on Microfilm 1630-1990 (downloadable database). Describes 2,115 film records of births, deaths, marriages, marriage intentions, town records, militia enrollment, or tax lists.
  • Maine State Arhives, Microfilm List : Early Maine Town and Vital Records (Augusta, Maine: MSA, 1992). At various libraries (WorldCat).

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Maine State Archives, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • town clerks
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • National Archives Northeast Region
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Similar Collections

  • Maine Vital Records
  • The Library , University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • Fogler Library , University of Maine, Orono
  • Penobscot Marine Museum , Searsport
  • Maine Historical Society, Portland
  • Portland Public Library, Portland
  • Springvale Public Library, Springvale Village, Sanford

Neighboring Collections

  • Maine State Library, Augusta
  • Maine State Museum, Augusta
  • registrar of deeds
  • registrar of probate


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Contact Information" at Maine State Archives (accessed 1 March 2013).
  2. "Home" in Maine State Archives (accessed 1 March 2013).
  3. "Researchers" in Maine State Archives (accessed 2 March 2013).

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