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Faculty Records (University Of Maine). Professor Gershman (Melvin) Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-039

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by Melvin (Mel) Gershman who was a professor in Microbiology and Animal Veterinary Sciences at the University of Maine.

The record series Cultural Affairs Committee Records mostly contains proposals submitted to the Committee for grant funding. Also, contains Committee meeting agendas and minutes, financial reports, supporting material, and correspondence with applicants.

The record series Honors College Records contains correspondence regarding the work of the College Advisory Committee, list of courses developed by Gershman, course schedules, fliers, and correspondence.

The record series Research & Publications contains copies of various papers authored by Gershman and colleagues at the University of Maine and research data and reports.


  • Creation: 1959-1992


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 repository.

Biographical / Historical

Melvin (Mel) Gershman was born in 1927. He received a M.Sc. Degree in 1957 from the University of Massachusetts. He came to the University of Maine in 1958 as an assistant professor of microbiology and animal pathology position. In 1963, he was appointed full professorship and in 1977 he became Professor of Microbiology and Animal Veterinary Sciences. Professor Gershman research focused on Enteric bacteria such as Salmonella and Escherichia Coli. His research led to the development of a Serotyping and Phage Typing Center at the University of Maine.

During Professor Gershman’s tenure at the University of Maine he served on a number of committees including the: AFUM Grievance Committee, Council of Colleges, and he chaired the Cultural Affairs Committee. The Cultural Affairs Committee was responsible for appropriating the proceeds of the Arthur Lord Fund and the Class of 1934 Fund toward the enrichment of the cultural environment at the University of Maine by funding cultural events on campus.

Professor Gershman received numerous awards during his career, including in 1977 the University of Maine's Distinguished Maine Professor Award. Founded in 1998, there is an Honors College Scholarship awarded in Gershman's name. Professor Gershman retired from the University of Maine in 1994 with emeritus status.

Professor Gershman died in 1998.


1 box

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The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Cultural Affairs Committee Records, 2. Honors College Records, and 3. Research & Publications.

Physically the records are arranged by subject. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.


Duplicate copies of items and material duplicated in other record groups, particularly Council of Colleges meeting material were disposed of.


Accruals from Professor Gershman are not anticipated because he died in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, February 2020, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace. The disposal of material deemed not of archival value meant the contents of the boxes could be consolidated into 1 box from than the original 2 boxes.

University of Maine. Professor Gershman (Melvin) Papers
Matthew Revitt
February 26, 2020
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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