First COA Group Photo, 1972The College Archives contains academic and administrative records, governance records, senior projects and graduate theses, college and student publications, photographs and audiovisual materials. The Special Collections contains rare books and materials of unique value supporting the core teaching and research interests of the College.

⇒Visit the Archives Finding Aids (via Google Drive)


Digital Collections

Pepsi Machine Hitchhiking on Route 3The archives maintains a digital collection of archival materials including documents, photographs, publications, and audio-visual materials.

⇒Visit the Digital Collections

⇒Visit the Governance Digital Archive Minutes and Charters (accessible by email accounts only)


Using the Archives

Whale Skull, 1980sCollection Development Policy
Collection Development Policy, 2021

Visiting the Archives
Open to the COA community and the general public by appointment only. Email 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.

Archival Material Loans
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 pre-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

historytrust.orgThe History Trust
We are a proud member of The History Trust, a collective of 13 institutions working together for stewardship of our region’s historical collections.



MCAMaine 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. 

Mission Statement

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

The mission of the College of the Atlantic Special Collections is to collect non-college materials that are unique, valuable or fragile and relevant to the College’s teaching and research interests.

The Archives and Special Collections seek to serve as the ongoing institutional focal point for the documentation, study, and appreciation of the history and activities of College of the Atlantic.