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Vice President For Academic Affairs & Provost. Division of Marketing And Communications (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-012-010

Scope and Contents

The records contain a mixture of textual and photographic material created and curated by the University of Maine Division of Marketing and Communications.

The record series Press/News Releases & Publications contains press releases on various subjects related to the University of Maine.

The record series University Photograph Archive contains photographs and slide negatives of people, buildings, and scenes related to the University of Maine.

The record series Digital Press Releases & In the News Articles contains of born digital copies of press releases on various subjects related to the University of Maine. The press releases were combined by Special Collections staff into a single PDF for a given year.

The record series Media At Northeast Historic Films are film reels containing University of Maine film footage transferred by Special Collections to be preserved at Northeast Historic Films.

The record series UMaine Campus Sketches contain a portfolio of graphic design sketches by former longtime UMaine graphic designer Arline Thomson. Most of the sketches appear to have been produced as part of the University of Maine's 1965 Centennial Celebrations. Includes sketches of the following campus buildings: Alumni Center, Alumni Hall, Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, Athletic facilities, Canadian-American Center, Carnegie Arts Building, Coburn Hall, Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, Dunn Hall, Fernald Hall, John E. Stevens Commons, Lyle C. Jenness Hall, Murray Hall, President's House, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Robert B. Thomson Honors Center, and Stevens Hall (and the Mall). Also, includes sketch drawing of the gymnasium at the University of Maine Portland (now known as the University of Southern Maine).

The record series UMaine Walking Tour Records contains printed out source materials for the University of Maine Self-Guided Walking Tours. Includes material on the following tours: Circle the Mall, Sculpture, Gardens, World of Trees and Art Inside.


  • 1801-2020
  • Majority of material found within 1865-2020


Conditions Governing Access

Box 1 of the Press/News Releases & Publications, UMaine Campus Sketches folio folder, and UMaine Walking Tour folder are all kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

The Media At Northeast Historic Films series is stored at Northeast Historic Films in Bucksport, Maine. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical / Historical

The Division of Marketing and Communications is principally responsible for presenting the story and maintaining the image of the University of Maine to all UMaine constituencies, including the media, public and UMaine community.

Toward this end, the Division of Marketing and Communications guides and partners with all UMaine communicators, providing counsel and services in newswriting and media relations, marketing, graphic design, photography and video production, and web-based services, with the goal of producing internal and external high-quality messaging consistent with UMaine positioning, branding and strategic priorities.

In 1961, Howard Keyo was assigned, by then University of Maine President Lloyd H. Elliot, with responsibility for overall editorial work, publications, public information, mailing, photographic service, and television work of the University of Maine. An advisory committee was established to assist in developing a centralized service. This new service was named the Public Information and Central Services (PIC). In 1987, the Public Information and Central Services building was renamed the Howard Keyo Public Affairs Building in honor of Howard Keyo. In 1975, Keyo was succeeded as director of PIC by Leonard (Len) Harlow who had formerly been the sports information director (1965-1975). In 1982, Harlow was appointed director of sports communications. Alden E. Stewart became interim PIC director and James Horan was director from 1985-1987.

In 1987, Alan Miller was appointed acting director of PIC. Later in 1987 Margaret Nagle was appointed acting director of PIC. Nagle had joined the University of Maine in 1985. Also in 1987 PIC was renamed Public Affairs.

In 1988, Adrie Nab was appointed Assistant Vice-President of Public Affairs. Nab departed in 1992 and was replaced by John N. Diamond, who became first acting, and then senior director of Public Affairs. In 2002, Diamond departed to become Executive Director of University of Maine System External Affairs and Joe Carr became acting director of Public Affairs. In 2003, Public Affairs was renamed Public Affairs and Marketing and Luanne Lawrence was appointed executive director. Lawrence left the University of Maine in 2004.

In 2005, Public Affairs and Marketing was renamed Department of University Relations and Joe Carr was appointed director. In 2012, the Department of University Relations became the Division of Marketing and Communications and Margaret Nagle was appointed director.

In 2021, Dan Demeritt was appointed the University of Maine's new senior executive director of marketing and communications. Demeritt had served as the executive director of public affairs for the University of Maine System since 2014.

The record group includes a portfolio of graphic design sketches by former longtime UMaine graphic designer Arline Thomson. Most of the sketches appear to have been produced as part of the University of Maine's 1965 Centennial Celebrations. Thomson was born in 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She graduated in 1934 from the Massachusetts School of Art (now known as the Massachusetts College of Art). Thomson came to the University of Maine in 1962 to became an artist and graphic designer for Department of Public Affairs and Central Services and book designer for University Press. Thomson retired from the University of Maine in 1985, but continued working on an as-needed basis until 1994.

Among the many award Thomson received was the UMaine Patrons of the Arts’ Vincent Hartgen Award in 2007. Thomson also produced "Discovering Elizabethan London", containing 160 sketches completed on location at sites in London.

Thomson died in 2010, aged 97. Thomson was predeceased by her husband, long-time UMaine Honors Director Robert Thomson, for whom the Honors Center in Colvin Hall is named.


1 box

36 Filing cabinet drawer

1 folder

1 folio folder

23 items

Language of Materials



The Records Group is broken down intellectually into subseries: 1. Press/News Release & Publications, 2. University Photograph Archive, 3. Digital Press Releases & In the News Articles, 4. Media at Northeast Historic Film, 5. UMaine Campus Sketches, and 6. UMaine Walking Tour Records.

The University Photograph Archive is broken down further into the following subseries: 1. Alumni Photographs, 2. Awards & Scholarships 3. Campus Photographs, 4. Clubs and Organizations Photographs, 5. Event Photographs, 6. Faculty & Staff Photographs, 7. Maine Masque Theatre Photographs, 8. Military Photographs, 9. Miscellaneous Photographs, 10. Presidents Photographs, 11. Pulp & Paper Foundation Photographs, 12. Sports Photographs, 13. Students Photographs, 14. University Department Photographs, and UMaine System Photographs.

The Campus Photographs subseries is broken down further into the following subseries: 1. Building Photographs, 2. Campus Views, 3. Laboratories Photographs, and 4. Snow Scenes Photographs. The Events Photographs subseries is broken down further into the following subseries: 1. Art Exhibition Photographs, 2. Miscellaneous Event Photographs, 3. Commencement Photographs, 4. Conference Photographs, 5. Entertainers Photographs, 6. Homecoming Photographs, 7. Maine Day Photographs, 8. Parents Day & Weekend Photographs, 9. Speakers Photographs, and 10. Winter Carnival Photographs. The Sports Photographs subseries is broken down further into the following subseries: 1. Miscellaneous Sports Photographs, 2. Baseball Photographs, 3. Men's Basketball Photographs, 4. Football Photographs, 5. Men's Ice Hockey Photographs, 6. Track & Field Photographs, 7. Soccer Photographs, 8. Swimming Photographs, and 9. Women's Basketball Photographs.

The University Department subseries is broken down further into the following subseries: 1. Miscellenous Department Photographs, 2. Cooperative Extension Service Photographs, 3. College of Agriculture Photographs, 4. College of Arts & Sciences Photographs, 5. College of Business Administration & College of Business Photographs, 6. College of Education Photographs, 7. College of Engineering Photographs, 8. College of Natural Sciences, Forestry And Agriculture Photographs, 9. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Photographs, 10. College of Technology Photographs, 11. Department of Agricultural Engineering Photographs, 12. Department of Agriculture Resource Economics Photographs, 13. Department of Agronomy Photographs, 14. Department of Animal and Veterinary Science Photographs, 15. Department of Anthropology Photographs, 16. Department of Art Photographs, 17. Department of Athletics Photographs, 18. Department of Bio Chemistry Photographs, 19. Department of Botany Photographs, 20. Department of Chemical Engineering Photographs, 21. Department of Chemistry Photographs, 22. Department of Civil Engineering Photographs, 23. Department of Communications Photographs, 24. Department of Computer Science Photographs, 25. Department of Ecology and Environmental Science Photographs, 26. Department of Education Photographs, 27. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Photographs, 28. College of Engineering Photographs, 29. Department of English Photographs, 30. Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition Photographs, 31. Department of Foreign Language Photographs, 32. Department of Forestry Photographs, 33. Department of Geological Science Photographs, 34. Department of History Photographs, 35. Department of Home Economics Photographs, 36. Department of Human Development Photographs, 37. Department of Industrial Cooperation Photographs, 38. Department of Journalism Photographs, 39. Department of Mathematics Photographs, 40. Department of Mechanical Engineering Photographs, 41. Department of Medical Technology Photographs, 42. Department of Modern Language & Classics, 43. Department of Music Photographs, 44. Department of Nursing Photographs, 45. Department of Philosophy Photographs, 46. Department of Physical Education Photographs, 47. Department of Physics and Astronomy Photographs, 48. Department of Plant and Soil Science Photographs, 49. Department of Police and Safety Photographs, 50. Department of Political Science Photographs, 51. Department of Psychology Photographs, 52. Department of Public Administration Photographs, 53. Department of Sociology Photographs, 54. Department of Spatial Information & Science & Engineering Photographs, 55. Department of Speech Photographs, 56. Department of Surveying Engineering Photographs, 57. Department of Technology Photographs, 58. Department of Theatre and Dance Photographs, 59. Department of Wildlife Ecology Photographs, 60. Department of Zoology Publications, 61. Division of Wildlife Management Photographs, 62. E.T.V Photographs, 63. Facilities Management Photographs, 64. Honors Program Photographs, 65. Hudson Museum Photographs, 66. Human Resources Photographs, 67. Hutchinson Center Photographs, 68. Indian Programs Services Photographs, 69. Information Technologies Photographs, 70. Intensive English Institute Photographs, 71. International Programs Photographs, 72. Labor Education (Bureau of) Photographs, 73. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Photographs, 74. Maine Folklife Center Photographs, 75. Office of University Development Photographs, 76. Printing Services Photographs, 77. School of Economics Photographs, 78. School of Education Photographs, 79. School of Engineering & Technology Photographs, 80. School of Forest Resources Photographs, 81. School of Law Photographs, 82. School of Performing Arts Photographs, 83. School of Social Work Photographs, 84. University of Maine Foundation Photographs, 85. University of Maine Press Photographs, 86. Wabanaki Center Photographs, 87. Women In the Curriculum /Women’s Studies Program Photographs, and 88. Women’s Resource Center Photographs.

Physically the series Press/News Release & Publications and University Photograph Archive are both arranged alphabetically by subject. The Digital Press Releases & In the News Articles is arranged chronologically by year of creation. The Media at Northeast Historic Film series is arranged by subject. The UMaine Campus Sketches is arranged alphabetically by name of building. The UMaine Walking Tour Records are arranged by subject.

Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Folder 1 was transferred to Special Collections by Margaret Nagle, Senior Director of Public Relations, Division of Marketing and Communications on September 3, 2021.


Accruals from the Division of Marketing and Communications are anticipated.

Related Materials

Special Collections also holds various University of Maine related photographs and slides from the 1990s and 2000s which were transferred by the Division of Marketing and Communications.

There is also material on the Public Informatin and Central Service in the record group Office of the President (University of Maine) Records, UA RG 0003.

Special Collections also holds copies of Division of Marketing and Communications publications including UMaine Today and Maine Perspective.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, May 2019-September 2021, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid.

University Of Maine. Division of Marketing And Communications Records
Matthew Revitt
February 19, 2019
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Finding aid written in English.

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