Special Collections

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Mainers who have worked for civil rights and social justice

Sallie Chandler

biography

 

 

Sallie Chandler

Jean Byers Sampson

biography

 

 

Jean Byers Sampson

Rita Kissen

biography

speech

Rita Kissen

Allen J. Sockabasin

biography

speech

Allen Sockabasin

Dale McCormick

biography

 

Dale McCormick

Howard Solomon

biography

speech

Howard Solomon

 

 

Gerald E. Talbot

biography

speech

 

 Gerald Talbot

Presentations of Past Events

Schools in Trans*ition: Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students in K-12 Education

A panel discussion held at the University of Southern Maine, October 16, 2014, about the daunting array of challenges facing gender-nonconforming young people in public education. Will the school and their fellow students accept their gender identity and support them?  Panel included: Pete Dawson, school administrator; Gia Drew, teacher/coach; Wayne Maines, parent; Zack Paakkonen, lawyer; AJ Yarn, student; and Lisa Bunker, as the moderator. Sponsored by The LGBT Collection of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. Co-sponsored by EqualityMaine, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, GLSEN-Southern Maine, MaineTransNet, USM Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity.

LGBT Elders: The Stonewall Generation Faces the Challenges of Aging

"LBGT Elders: Stonewall Generation Faces the challenges of Aging." Panel discussion held at the University of Southern Maine, April 10, 2014, on the issues facing LGBT elders featuring Doug Kimmel, national co-founder of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and co-chair of SAGE Maine, an advocacy group dedicated to improving the quality of life for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults living in Maine. Other panelist: Daralyn Maxwell, BobBi Keppel, and Lois Galgay Reckitt. Sponsored by the LGBT Collection of USM's Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, and SAGE Maine.

Birney Family Reunion     Part One     Part Two
Members of the Birney family came together to talk about their memories of the Birney girls, their aunts Lois Birney Spear, Elvira Birney, Margaret Birney and Martha Birney from New Gloucester, Maine. This video was created on September 5, 2013 to complement the Birney Family Papers, in the General Manuscript Collection in Special Collections at the University of Southern Maine. The collection includes diaries, photographs, scrapbooks and other material documenting the lives of the Birneys, particularly Martha and Elvira, two sisters  who lived together on a farm in Oxford, Maine (at the time of purchase the property was part of South Paris, Maine).

Changing the Game: LGBT People in High School and College Athletics
A panel discussion with lesbian, gay, trangender, bi and straight individuals sharing their experiences and thoughts on gender, sexual orientation and sports. This event took place on September 19, 2013 and was sponsored by the LGBT Collection of the University of Southern Maine's Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, USM's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, GLSEN Southern Maine and GO! Athletes. 

Guatemala In Words and Images
Opening reception for the Guatemala Collection, April 25, 2013.

Other-sexual: Beyond Gay and Straight
Panel Discussion held October 17, 2012. A discussion of the spectrum of gender and sexuality and the panelists’ identities, experience, stories, and terminology.  Panel included: Mea, Mike, Jules, Erin, Carly and Lisa Bunker, as the moderator.

Maine's "T" Revolution: How Being Transgender in Maine Has Changed, Is Changing, and Still Needs to Change     Part One      Part Two
Panel Discussion held March, 21 2012. Drawing on their own experiences, panelists explore how far we have come and how far we have yet to go toward full recognition, acceptance, understanding, and support of Maine's transgender population.

Maine LGBT History: Life & Activism in the 70s    Part One   Part Two 
Panel discussion held November 10, 2010, sponsored by the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.

 

Exhibitions

 etching from Exaltacion de la Divina Misericordia en la milagrosa renovacion de la soberana imagen de Christo Sr. Nro. crucificado

Colonial Mexico and The Catholic Church
View online exhibition of titles printed in Mexico from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection

 woodcut from Ain gesprech von der Scheynwercken der Gaystlichen und iren gelubbdten

Reformation Books from the Albert A. Howard Book History Collection
View online exhibition of books from the Reformation

Annette Dragon

“Act Up Fight Back Take Pictures: Ten Years of Queer Activism in Maine”
Annette Dragon photographs documenting LGBT activism and article about previous installations

We Still Have a Dream button Political Debate Writ Small : The Art and Rhetoric of the Political Button
Exhibition of political buttons from the Gerald E. Talbot Collection

Exhibitions of material in Special Collections by Students

 

A Book of War: Benjamin Church and King Philip's War
Created by Anatole Brown for American and New England Studies

 

Small Acts of Courage
Windsor 7, King Middle School

Publications

2005 Annual Event Catalog
The Ties That Bind: Experiences of Family in Maine, 1900-Present

2006 Annual Event Catalog
Liberating Visions: Religion and the Challenge of Change in Maine,1820 to the Present

2007 Annual Event Catalog
'Remember Me?' The Life and Legacy of Jean Byers Sampson

2008 Annual Event Catalog
Diversity at the Ballot Box: Electoral Politics and Maine's Minority Communities, Post-WWII to the Present

Other Resources

African American Maine Photograph Album
View slide show of photograph album of pictures of African American women on vacation in Maine.

African American Maine Photo Album

Documents Related to Slavery from the Shirley S. and Bernard Kazon Americana Collection
View original documents and read the transcripts

Ranaway poster from Kazon Americana Collection

Information about USM
Learn more about USM history, including the contents of the 1993 library time capsule, and descriptions of the Portland and Gorham campuses.

Edna F. Dickey and Esther E. Wood

 

Digital Commons@USM

Umpire 1967 Yearbook Cover University of Maine in Portland

Special Collections is now part of Digital Commons@ USM! Explore the complete yearbook collection from the University Archives of USM and all its predecessor institutions going back to 1919 and see more from our collections.

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