Maine: An Encyclopedia


Selected Resources

The following are resources that contributed to many of the articles in the Encyclopedia.  Some are cited briefly, then linked from specific articles to this bibliography.  Citations, not of general significance, are referenced in detail in the applicable article.  Other resources affecting a broad range of articles appear at the end of this bibliography.


Alberts, Robert C. The Golden Voyage: The Life and Times of William Bingham, 1752-1804. Boston. 1969.

Arlen, Alice. In the Maine Woods: An Insider’s Guide to Traditional Maine Sporting Camps. Woodstock, VT. The Countryman Press. 1998.

Attwood, Stanley Bearce. The Length and Breadth of Maine. Orono: University of Maine Press. 1977.

Banks, Ronald E. Maine Becomes A State. Portland: Maine Historical Society. 1973.

Barone, Michael and Richard E. Cohen. Almanac of American Politics. National Journal: Washington, D.C. 2001.Lefaver-Tower Co. 1909.

Baxter, James Phinney. Ed. Documentary History of the State of Maine, Vol. 13. Portland, Me.  1909. [source of several 18th century Calendar entries]

Beard, Frank A. and Bette A. Smith. Maine’s Historic Places. Augusta: Maine Historic Preservation Commission. 1982.

Bond, C. Lawrence. Native Names of New England Towns and Villages. Topsfield, Massachusetts: Bond. 1993 (2nd edition)

Bourque, Bruce J. “Maine Shell Midden Archaeology (1860-1910) and the Influence of Adolphe von Morlot.” New Perspectives on the Origins of Americanist Archaeology. David L. Browman and Stephen Williams, eds. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. 2002

Brunelle, Jim. Maine Almanac. Augusta: Guy Gannett Publishing Company. 1978.

Burrage, Henry. “The Jurisdiction of Massachusetts Accepted.” in Smith and Schriver. Maine: A History Through Selected Readings.

Caldwell, Bill. Enjoying Maine. Portland, Me. Guy Gannett Publishing Co. 1977. Quoted in Elections (pp. 13-14); Map of Municipalities (p. 21).

Caldwell, Bill. Islands of Maine: Where America Really Began. Portland: Guy Gannett Publishing Company. 1981.

Calloway, Colin G. The Abenaki. Indians of North America Series. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. 1989.

Calvert, Mary R. Dawn over the Kennebec. Twin City Printery: Lewiston. 1983.

Calvert, Mary R. The Kennebec Wilderness Awakens. Twin City Printery: Lewiston. 1986.

Castner, Harold W., The Prehistoric Oyster Shell Heaps of the Damariscotta River. Waldoboro: Waldoboro Press. 1950. (Fourth edition 1963.)

Chase, Henry, ed. Representative Men of Maine. Portland, Me. The Lakeside Press. 1893.

Clark, Stephen. Katahdin: A Guide to Baxter Park and Katahdin. Unity: North Country Press. 1996 3rd. Ed.

Coffin, Robert B. Tristram. Kennebec: Cradle of Americans. Camden: Down East Enterprise. 1937.

Counties, Cities, Towns and Plantations of Maine: A Handbook of Incorporations, Dissolutions, and Boundary Changes. Augusta: Maine State Archives. c. 1970.

Demeritt, Dwight B., Jr. Maine Made Guns & Their Makers. Augusta: Friends of the Maine State Museum. 1997.

Desjardin, Thomas A. Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec. New York. St. Martin’s Press. 2006.

Dunnack, Henry E. The Maine Book. Augusta, Maine. 1920.

Dunbar, Robert E. and George F. Dow. Nobleboro, A History. Nobleboro: Nobleboro Historical Society. 1988.

Education, Maine Department of. Maine’s Claim to Fame: A Gallery of Personalities. Augusta. 1990.

Hakola, John W. Legacy of a Lifetime: The Story of Baxter State Park. Woolwich: TBW Books. 1981

Henderson, James S. Maine Almanac and Book of Lists. Topsham: Maine Times. 1994.

Hunt, H. Draper. The Blaine House – Home of Maine Governors. Augusta: Friends of the Blaine House. 1994.

Hunter, Julia A. and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Fly Rod Crosby: The Woman Who Marketed Maine. Gardiner: Tilbury House. 2000

Isaacson, Dorris A. Maine: A Guide Downeast. Rockland: Courier-Gazette. 1970.

Johnson, Willis. The Year of the Longley. Stonington: Penobscot Bay Press. 1978.

Kershaw, Gordon E. James Bowdoin II: Patriot and Man of the Enlightenment. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. 1991

Leamon, James S. Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. 1993.

Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The State House and the Blaine House: A Report to the State Government Committee of the 110th Maine Legislature. Augusta: 1981.

The Maine Island Trail 2000: Stewardship Handbook & Guidebook. Maine Island Trail Association. Maine. 2000.

Moores, Lawrence W., Jr. The History of the Ku Klux Klan in Maine, 1922-1931. Orono: University of Maine. 1950. (Masters Thesis)

Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Story of Mount Desert Island. Boston: Little Brown. 1960.

Pawling, Micah A. Wabanaki Homeland and the New State of Maine. Amherst, MA. University of Massachusetts Press. 2007.

Perazzo, Peggy B. and George Perazzo. Stone Quarries and Beyond.  “Maine.” (accessed February 14, 2014)

Perley, Sidney. Historic Storms of New England. Beverly, Massachusetts: Memoirs Unlimited. 2001. (Originally published in 1891)

Rice, Ed. Baseball’s First Indian, Louis Sockalexis: Penobscot Legend, Cleveland Indian. Windsor, Connecticut: Tide-Mark. 2003.

Roberts, Kenneth L. Local Government in Maine. Augusta: Maine Municipal Association. 1979.

Rolde, Neil and Charles Calhoun. An Illustrated History of Maine. Augusta: Friends of the Maine State Museum. 1995.

Rolde, Neil. The Baxters Of Maine: Downeast Visionaries. Gardiner, Me.: Tilbury House, 1997.

Rolde, Neil. So You Think You Know Maine. Gardiner: Harpswell Press, 1984.

Rowe, William Hutchinson. The Maritime History of Maine: Three Centuries of Ship Building and Seafaring. W.W. Norton. 1948. Reprinted: Gardiner, Me. Harpswell Press. 1989.

Scontras, Charles A. Two Decades of Organized Labor and Labor Politics in Maine 1880-1900. Orono, Me. University of Maine. Bureau of Labor Education. 1969.

Siebert, Phyllis and John H. Miller, ed. Recipes and Reminiscences: A Blaine House Cookbook. Augusta: Friends of the Blaine House. 1997.

Simpson, Dorothy. The Maine Islands in Story and Legend. Nobleboro. Blackberry Books. 1987.

Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1789-1987. Volume II. Westport, CT. Meckler Books. 1978.

Starkey, Glenn Wendell. Maine: Its History, Resources, and Government. Boston: Silver, Burdett and Company. 1920.

Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley: in Search of America. New York. Penguin Books. 1986. (First published by Viking Press. 1962.)

Taylor, Alan. Liberty Men and the Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement of the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1990.

Thoreau, Henry David. The Maine Woods. New York: Penguin Books. 1988.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine with Numerous Illustrations. Boston. B. B. Russell. 1881, 1886.

The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes. Bath: American Friends Service Committee. 1989.

Wheeler, George A. and Henry W. Wheeler. History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell, Maine. Boston: 1878; reprinted Somersworth, N.H. 1986.

Williams, Ben Ames. Come Spring. Garden City, NY: the Sun Dial Press. 1940.

Williamson, William D. History of Maine. Hallowell: Glazier, Masters and Company. 1832.

Wood, Richard G. A History of Lumbering in Maine 1820-1861. Orono: University of Maine. 1935.

Woodward, Colin. The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier. New York. Viking. 2004.


Area in square miles includes total land and water area. Population density is based on land area only. Data from 2000 U.S. Census at, “State by place.”


Biographical material for political figures is from a variety of sources, primarily including the following:

Members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate: in large part from the Internet site of the U.S. Congress.

Governors and members of Congress: in part, from Chase, Sobel and Raimo, and from Barone and Cohen cited above, in addition to information available from the U.S. Congress.

Maine State Senate Presidents: in part, from the Maine State Senate’s Internet site.

Origin of Place Names

Bangor Daily News and Penobscot National Cultural and Historic Preservation Department. “Naming Places the Penobscot Way: How the Penobscots named the lands and waters around us.” Bangor Daily News. September 23-24, 2006.

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns:

Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties
Franklin and Androscoggin Counties
Kennebec and Somerset Counties
Lincoln, Waldo and Knox Counties
Penobscot County
Piscataquis and Aroostook Counties
Washington and Hancock Counties
Freeport and Portland.
—————-Bond Wheelwright Co.: c. 1955, 1957.

Eckstorm, Fannie Hardy. Indian Place Names of the Penobscot Valley and the Maine Coast. Orono: University Press. 1960 (Reprint of 1941 edition.)

McCauley, Brian. The Names of Maine: How Maine Places Got Their Names and What They Mean. Wellesley, MA. Acadia Press. 2004.

Wildlife: Animals and Plants

National Audubon Society. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds. New York. Chanticleer Press/Alfred Knopf. 1977.

National Audubon Society. (Ann Sutton and Myron Sutton)  Eastern Forests. New York. Chanticleer Press/Alfred Knopf. 1997.

National Audubon Society. Field Guide to New England. New York. Chanticleer Press. 1998.

National Audubon Society. Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region. New York. Chanticleer Press/Alfred Knopf. 1977.

Tekiela, Stan. Birds of Maine: Field guide. Cambridge, Minnesota. Adventure Publications, Inc. 2002.

Vanner, Michael. A Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Bath, UK. Parragon. 2009.

United States Government

National Archives photos and images may be ordered from Use the keyword “Maine” only and search only for digital copies. Reference the Control Number (#) accompanying the image in the Encyclopedia.

United States Department of Agriculture. Certain images (cited as USDA Image Gallery] have been acquired from based on the following (accessed 10/17/2010): “The Image Gallery is provided as a complimentary source of high quality digital photographs available from the Agricultural Research Service Information Staff.


Maine government statistical data was primarily obtained from the state agencies cited in the related articles.

Timeline and Calendar entries came from related articles in the Encyclopedia, from the Bangor Daily News’ “Maine Diary” supplement of December 14, 1999, and other news sources.

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