Welcome to the Maine Medical Center Archives
Throughout its history, MMC has contributed to the evolution of the practice of medicine in Maine and the country. The Archives of Maine Medical Center was established in 1989 to acquire, preserve and provide access to the historical records of MMC and its predecessor institutions, The Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, Children's Hospital, Brighton Medical Center and Maine General Hospital.
The Archives is located on the fifth floor of Pavilion C, in the Library. We are staffed from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, see the "Research" section below. It is advisable to make an appointment to ensure that the Archivist will be available to assist you.
Archivist - Jocelyn Leadbetter, MLIS
Phone - 207-662-4992
Email - email@example.com
Among the resources in our collections are many items that have been donated. Please consider the Archives when you come across materials that might be of interest to our patrons.
Search EOS, our Library online catalog, for more information on the following:
The Archives holds approximately 3000 photographs, ranging from early views of Maine General Hospital to construction of the new Women and Infants Building. A selection may be viewed at the Maine Memory Network.
The remarkable history of MMC and its predecessor institutions is well documented in the minutes of various boards and committees, and hospital annual reports.
- Additional Archival items
Among our other archival items are hospital newsletters, scrapbooks, video and audio tapes, yearbooks, departmental records and memorabilia.
The Archives maintains a collection of medical equipment, instruments and other artifacts, dating from c. 1850.
We have a set of taped and transcribed interviews with some of our medical and administrative personnel, past and present.
The Historic Book Collection contains approximately 1000 monographs which cover a wide range of medical disciplines, dating from 1767. These items are stored offsite in a closed area and advance notice is needed for access.
The Archives has an extensive collection of resources on the history of the nursing school at MMC and limited material related to other area schools. There are several uniforms, numerous photographs and memorabilia from the first graduation in 1887 until the school closed in 1967. We do not have school transcripts.
Services We Provide
All duplication is done by Archives staff at the discretion of the Archivist. When reasonable, a transcription may be made of documents deemed too fragile for copying. Photographic reproduction will be done here, and a fee will be charged. All appropriate copyright laws apply.
We offer research service, in most cases, without charge. Just contact the Archivist, and every effort will be made to provide the requested information.
For security purposes, copyright control, and to ensure proper handling of our primary resources, registration is required at your first appointment when conducting your own research, which we encourage. Some material is restricted, with access granted only through permission of medical or legal officers.
- Presentations and Exhibits
The Archives provides presentations to interested groups. Historical materials are also provided for exhibits in the hospital. For patients, staff and visitors, there is a case in the Library with a rotating display of our archival items and artifacts.