UM's Earliest Records Found
The earliest records of the University of Maine — established in 1865 as the State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts — have been discovered by Fogler librarian Richard Hollinger.
He had been rummaging through a storeroom on the third floor of Alumni Hall, which was chock full of "boxes and boxes and boxes on shelves, file cabinets and on the floor."
There, at the bottom of a box which he'd uncovered from beneath a stack of other boxes, were three leather-bound books filled with the minutes of trustee meetings dating from 1865 to 1908.
"I could tell by the covers that these were something original," Hollinger said. "I was stunned. I realized I had found what had been missing for a long time." [Link]