Discontinued Offices & Program. Bureau Of Public Administration (University Of Maine) Records
Scope and Contents
The records contain textual information created by the University of Maine Bureau of Public Administration. The record group mainly contains records regarding the Bureau's training programs, seminars, and workshops.
The record series Training Records contains publicity material for various Bureau of Public Administration workshops, seminar, and programs for municipal and public employees on a range of subjects including communications management, financial accounting, employee motivation, career development, and supervision. There are also copies of Bureau newsletters and calendars outlining training programs and details of a Maine State Government summer internship program.
The record series Administrative Records contains a copies of Bureau reports entitled “Maine State and Local Government Revenue and Expenditure Patterns: A Review” and “Intergovernmental Personnel Act Of 1970 - Fifth Year Report” and a memorandum regarding “Regional Planning Commissions Status Report”.
The record series Subject Records contains items regarding the Intrastate Financial Management Network Project and the American Society for Public Administration.
- University of Maine. Bureau Of Public Administration (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and legally protected information will be redacted before release.
Conditions Governing Use
Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.
Biographical / Historical
The Bureau of Public Administration had its start with the city manager program begun in the 1930’s by Professor Edward F. Dow. The Bureau was part of the progressive movement to professionalize municipal administration. The position of town manager became popular through this movement as a way to administer above the political fray. The Bureau hosted, delivered, and facilitated training for municipal and public employees on a range of subjects. The Bureau also published "Juncture", a series of scholarly papers dealing with politics and government in Maine.
In 1989, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center was founded and it took over many of the responsibilities of the Bureau. By 1991 all training, seminars, workshops were pretty much phased out. It was replaced by the Maine Municipal Association as was the case in other states. Town managers and towns needed more timely advice than a university could provide.
Language of Materials
The Records Group is broken down intellectually into subseries: 1. Training Records, 2. Administrative Records, and 3. Subject Records.
Physically the records are arranged by subject. Some file names were changed to make them more meaningful, dates were added, and errors were corrected. The material was already rehoused into archival quality storage.
Box numbers have changed:
- Old Box #339 (New Box 1)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Much of the material is addressed to Raymond H. Fogler Library staff member Muriel A. Sanford.
Accurals from the University of Maine Bureau of Public Administration are not anticipated since the Bureau has been closed more than twenty years.
Processed by Matthew Revitt, October 2016, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. The boxes and folders were numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.
- Communications Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Local government Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Municipal government -- Maine Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Public administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Training manuals Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Workshops Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Maine. Bureau Of Public Administration Records
- Matthew Revitt
- November 3, 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.