Thursday, January 17, 2008

What's in Special Collections, anyway?

If you've never ventured up to the top floor of the library, you might be surprised to find a great space with a good collection of local history and genealogy materials. The floor to ceiling windows on this floor offer a spectacular view of the bay and provide a pleasant spot to do research, study or connect to the wi-fi network. Included in the book collection are town histories, family histories, census records, Maine history and genealogy periodicals, and general Maine history volumes. All of the Republican Journal, Waldo Independant, and Village Soup Citizen newspapers are archived here, as are some other Belfast newspapers that are no longer published. Belfast school yearbooks and Belfast city reports as well as reports of other Waldo County towns are housed in this area. For genealogists and family researchers, the library subscribes to HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition which I am happy to get you started on. I also maintain a surname file, which you are welcome to consult and add to if you have local family information that you are willing to share. If you have a reference question of any sort, you will find me in my office on this floor. I am here to serve you as Reference and Special Collections librarian, so feel free to consult with me at any time. Hope to see you soon.

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