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Our Collections

College Archives | Digital Collections | Special Collections

Using the Archives

Collection Development Policy | Visiting the Archives         Reproductions| Copyright |Loans

Collaborative Efforts

The History Trust | Maine Contemporary Archives


 College Archives

The College Archives mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials documenting the history, organization, policies, people, and development of the College

The College Archives are organized under the general principal of “office of origin.” Groups of records are defined by the administrative office that was responsible for creating those documents, or by the administrative office that transferred that material to the Archives.

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Digital Collections
The Digital Collections database is home to several digitized collections from the College Archive, as well as GIS student projects curated by Gordon Longsworth.
⇒Visit the Digital Collections

Governance Digital Archive
The Governance Digital Archive contains minutes and charters for the committees that govern the college. These are only accessible to coa.edu email accounts.
⇒Visit the Governance Digital Archive (for coa.edu only)

 Special Collections

Using the Archives

Collection Development Policy
Download our Collection Development Policy, 2021

Visiting the Archives
Open to the COA community and the general public by appointment only. Email archives@coa.edu or click here to schedule an appointment.

Reproductions of materials are for private study, scholarship, and research purposes only and may not be transferred to any other person or institution. Some materials may be restricted by donor, law, or due to preservation concerns. The library will provide scans or photocopies of materials when appropriate.

Use of manuscripts and published materials is subject to provisions of the copyright law. Permission to examine materials, or to obtain copies, does not imply the right to publish or reproduce them, in whole or in part. Permission must be obtained from the author or anyone else who holds copyright or other publication rights. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, copyright, and literary property rights when quoting or publishing archival materials.

Materials from the Archives and Special Collections may be temporarily loaned to museums, historical societies, educational institutions, and other educational/historical organizations for exhibits or educational purposes. The Archivist or Library Director may allow individuals to borrow archival materials for exhibits or educational purposes. Materials eligible for loan must have no per-determined restrictions and be able to withstand travel, handling, and climate changes. A Loan Agreement must be signed prior to any materials leaving the premises.

Collaborative Efforts

The History Trust
 History Trust is a non-profit consortium located on MDI that provides members access to collections-related resources, professional development opportunities, collaborate on shared exhibits, and raises money to pay for the hosting and administration of Digital Archive for its members.

 Maine Contemporary Archives 
We are a proud member of the Maine Contemporary Archives Collaborative, a group of cultural heritage professionals working together to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials related to Maine community members’ experiences of current events. We represent communities from across the state.