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Anthony M. Kaliss Research Material, 1759-2013

Identifier: SpC MS 1764

Scope and Contents

Research material used to compile a listing of financial transactions involving the State of Maine and the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes from 1759- 2013. Sources included Accounts of the State, Council Journal 1820-1918, Council Register 1821-1840, and Laws, Resolves, Private & Special Acts of the State of Maine, Public Documents of the States of Maine, Records of Warrants and trust fund records and ledgers.


  • Creation: 1759-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1820-1973


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Born in New York City on April 29, 1942, Tony Kaliss was raised in Bar Harbor, Maine and attended public schools there. He attended the University of Chicago, and the University of Maine, receiving a B.A. in United States History in 1969. Continuing his studies at the University of Maine, Kaliss received a M.A. in Economics in 1977. Since finishing his master's degree, Tony Kaliss continued to work on issues between Native and non-Native peoples in the United States, work he had been involved with since first working for the State of Maine's Department of Indian Affairs in 1965. That work took him to various locations, ending with a teaching appointment at the Iliasgvik Tribal College in Barrow, Alaska from 2002-2007 when he then retired. In retirement he continued with his interest in international indigenous issues, eventually completing a Doctorate in American Studies from the University of Hawaii comparing Soviet/Russian and American government policies toward Native peoples on both sides of the Bering Strait. As part of his research he spent a year in Far Northeastern Russia (Chukotka Penninsula) and time in North and Northwestern Alaska.


1 linear foot (1 box)

Language of Materials



This research was undertaken in the mid-1970s to provide supporting data for use as a part of the land claims suit by the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes. The suit has long been settled and the tribes were federally recognized. Both tribes had been recognized and dealt with continuously since at least the 1700s first by the Massachusetts colony, then by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a state and then the State of Maine when it separated from Massachusetts in 1820. This research focused entirely on financial relations. The purpose was to establish that there was a long and continuous financial relationship with the State of Maine and the show the purposes and monetary amounts involved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Anthony M. Kaliss in January, 2015.


Cover letter and contents list compiled by Tony Kaliss at the time of donation is included in folder 1.


This collection is also known as the "State of Maine and the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes Financial Transactions Research Material."

Anthony M. Kaliss Research Material, 1759-2013
Box And Folder List Available
Elizabeth Russell
April 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States