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Waterville Maine, 1907











Ours is a community rich in photographic, historical, and cultural resources. To explore the relationship between photography and migration in Maine, we recommend the following sources.

At Colby College

Francos of Waterville = Les Francos de Waterville racontent (2004; 60 mins)
Directed by Professor Arthur Greenspan, French. This documentary film about the Franco-American community in Waterville was made in 2003 in collaboration with French majors at Colby.

Maine Jewish History Project
Created by Professor David Freidenreich, Religious and Jewish Studies.

The Somali Bantu Experience: From East Africa to Maine
Created by Professor Catherine Besteman, Anthropology. This website explores the Somali community in Lewiston, Maine through audio interviews and photographs.

Special Collections, Colby Libraries

In Waterville and Maine

Franco-American Centre Franco-Américain, University of Maine at Orono

Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts, Lewiston

Franco-American Women’s Institute

Genealogy Research in the Maine State Archives

John Marshall and Alida Carroll Brown Research Library, Maine Historical Society

Maine Historical Society

Penobscot Maritime Museum
This museum contains one of the largest archives of historical photographs in Maine.

Peopling Maine,” Maine Memory Network

University of Southern Maine, Franco-American Collection

Waterville Historical Society

Click here for a complete list of Maine historical societies.

Further reading

Bischof, Libby, Susan Danly, and Earle G. Shuttleworth, Jr. Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015. Lanham: Down East Books, 2016.

Carey, David and Robert Atkinson, eds. Latino Voices in New England. Albany, NY: Excelsior Editions, 2009.

Connolly, Michael C., ed. They Change Their Sky: The Irish in Maine. Orono, ME: University of Maine Press, 2004.

Elgersman Lee, Maureen. Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2005.

Hall, Jon F. Old Waterville, Maine. Waterville, ME: Waterville Historical Society, 1975.

Hendrickson, Dyke, ed. Franco-Americans of Maine. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

Hoogland, Eric J. “From the Near East to Down East: Ethnic Arabs in Waterville, Maine.” In Crossing the Waters: Arabic-speaking Immigrants to the United States Before 1940. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987.

Huisman, Kimberly A., Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier, and Carol Nordstrom Toner, eds. Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2011.

Jaster, Robert S. Russian Voices on the Kennebec: The Story of Maine’s Unlikely Colony. Orono: The University of Maine, 1999.

MacDougall, Pauleena. The Penobscot Dance of Resistance: Tradition in the History of a People. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2004.

Madore, Nelson and Barry H. Rodrigue, eds. Voyages: A Maine Franco-American Reader. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, 2007.

Marriner, Ernest Cummings. The History of Colby College. Waterville, ME: Colby College Press, 1963.

Parker, James Hill. Ethnic Identity: The Case of the French Americans. Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1983.

Potholm, Christian P. Maine: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

Richard, Mark Paul. “From Canadien to American: The Acculturation of French-Canadian Descendants in Lewiston, Maine, 1860 to the Present.” Ph.D. diss., Duke University, 2001.

Risen, Celia C. Some Jewels of Maine: Jewish Maine Pioneers. Pittsburgh: Dorrance Publishing Company, 1997.

Robbins, Rhea Côté, ed. Canuck and Other Stories. Brewer, ME: Rheta Press, 2006.

Robbins, Rhea Côté. ‘Down the Plains.’ Brewer, ME: Rheta Press, 2013.

Shettleworth, Earle G. Waterville. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.

Smith, Earl H. Mayflower Hill: A History of Colby College. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2006.

Voorst van Beest, Jan Pieter van. New Mainers: Portraits of Our Immigrant Neighbors. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House, Publishers, 2009.

Whittemore, Edwin Carey. The Centennial History of Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. Waterville, ME: Executive Committee of the Centennial Celebration, 1902.