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Discontinued Offices & Program. Bureau Of Public Administration (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0007-006

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, publications, 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, missions statements, and detials of the elimination of the Bureau.

The record series Subject Records contains items regarding various Bureau of Public Administration projects.


  • Creation: 1966-2012


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.


1 box

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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:

  1. Old Box #339 (New Box 1)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Box 1, Folders 1-30 and Ledger 1 are items curated by former Raymond H. Fogler Library staff member Muriel A. Sanford.

Box 1, Folders 31-95 were transferred to Special Collections in December, 2016 by Cindy D'Angelo, Assistant to the Associate Dean and Undergraduate Programs, Maine Business School as Accessions #2016-1208, 2016-1208a, and 2016-1208b


Accurals from the University of Maine Bureau of Public Administration are not anticipated since the Bureau has been closed more than twenty years.

Related Materials

The record groups Office of the President Records (UA RG 0003) and Professor Schoenberger (Walter Smith) Records (UA RG 011.006) both include records on the Bureau of Public Administration.

Special Collections also holds copies of various Bureau of Public Administration publications, including Juncture.


Smith, David C. The First Century A History of the University of Maine 1865-1965 (Orono, ME: University of Maine at Orono Press, 1979).

Processing Information

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.

University of Maine. Bureau Of Public Administration Records
Matthew Revitt
November 3, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

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