Growing the Collections–Online

High back hair comb, Portland, ca. 1810: a recent addition to Maine Memory Network.

52,200+ and counting.

That’s the total number of historic items currently searchable online via Maine Historical Society’s two ever-growing databases: our PastPerfect online catalog and Maine Memory Network.

In July, nearly 500 records and more than 1,200 images were added to PastPerfect online. The catalog now contains almost 32,000 searchable records and 23,500 images for museum objects, photographs, manuscript letters, architectural drawings, and newspapers.

An Electric Reflector Heater, ca. 1930, from MHS's Central Maine Power collection. View the CMP Collections, and much more, at

Among the additions, highlights include objects from our substantial Central Maine Power collection, images from the Portland Press Herald glass plate negative collection, panoramic photographs, and additional autograph letters from the voluminous Dr. John S. H. Fogg collection. (A Maine native, Fogg amassed the impressive collection over a six-year period later in life when he was confined to a wheelchair and forced to stop practicing medicine.)

Mary King Scrimgeour dress, Lewiston, ca. 1895. A recent addition to MMN, and featured in the current "Dressing Up" museum exhibit.

Over in Maine Memory Network, new items and exhibits are added constantly. To see the most recent contributions–both from MHS collections and those of our 200+ Contributing Partners–visit the New Additions page.

The current crop features many items recently digitized to support MHS’s new exhibit (Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In), including several stunning hair combs, medals, and jewelry, among other accoutrements.

New exhibits include Cooks and Cookees: Lumber Camp Legends, “Twenty Nationalities, but All American,” and Practical Nursing in Waterville.

Check back in with both sites frequently: you never know what will show up next!

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