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Lasting Impression

Board of Trustees Records

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Last fall at the University of Maine, secretary Karen Stormann made history. In Alumni Hall, she was sorting through boxes of inactive files from the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance when she discovered three bound volumes containing the earliest board of trustee records for the University of Maine, then called the Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. Fogler Library Special Collections Head Richard Hollinger and archivist Brenda Steeves confirmed the ledgers' authenticity.

The documentation of UMaine's earliest days will be part of a university archive being established in Special Collections with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board. The college's first board had 16 trustees elected by the legislature, each representing a county. The trustees included Hannibal Hamlin, pictured left, who was selected president. Hamlin, a Penobscot County lawyer, served in the Maine legislature and the U.S. Congress, and as Maine governor, Abraham Lincoln's vice president and a minister to Spain.





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