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Faculty Records. Professor Segal (Howard P.) Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-055

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by Howard P. Segal who was a nationally known scholar on the subject of the history of technology. The records cover part of his time as a faculty member at the University of Maine and author.

The record series Phi Beta Kappa Records contains logistical information regarding the organizing of scholar visits to the University of Maine as part of Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Program, including posters and correspondence.

The record series Teaching, Publications & Research Records contains draft manuscripts of publications authored by Segal, clippings of reviews of Segal's works and written by Segal of other's works, clippings of various articles written by Segal, syllabi for courses Segal taught at the University of Maine, and information regarding research grants Segal applied for. Also, includes a letter from Wayne M. Maines to Segal thanking him for his support of LGBT youth, a clipping regarding Nicole Maines and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's decision to gurantee the rights of transgender children to use the bathroom designated for the gender they identify with, copy of 2012 proclamation from the President of the United States regarding Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Month, 2012, and a White House napkin.

The record series Administrative Records contains the minutes from various Department of History meetings, copies of Department of History policies, procedures, and by-laws, strategic planning material, details of the estate of Alan L. Bird that funded the University of Maine's Bird and Bird Professorship, and a copy of the UMaine Radio Spectrum Use Policy.


  • Creation: 1974-2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1989-2010


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

Howard Paul Segal was born on July 15, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Segal first came to the University of Maine in 1986 as an assistant professor of history and also the associate director of the Technology and Society Project in the College of Engineering. Before coming to the University of Maine Segal had taught at Princeton University, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, and Harvard University. In 2020, Segal was awarded emeritus status by the University of Maine.

During his tenure at the University of Maine Segal was also appointed Bird and Bird Professor of History (1996-2005) and he received numerous awards including: Geddes Simpson Award (2004) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty member in the area of Research and Creative Achievement (2012). Segal was a prolific author, among the books he authored were "Technology in America: A Brief History", "Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries" and "Technology and Utopia". Segal was also active in Phi Beta Kappa and helped organize the visiting scholar program for the University of Maine's Delta Chapter.

Segal taught at the University of Maine from 1986 until his death in 2020.


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The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Phi Beta Kappa Records, 2. Teaching, Publications & Research Records, and 3. Administrative Records

Physically the material is arranged by subject. File names and dates were added. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to Special Collections by Wendy Morrill, Department of History, on May 19, 2021 as Accession #2021-0519. The folders came from the office of Segal in the Department of History.


The processing archivist appraised the records and destroyed duplicate copies of items found in other record groups, particuarly personnel records already in Professor Segal's emeriti records.


Accruals related to Professor Segal are not anticipated.

Related Materials

Howard P. Segal's personnel records are in the record group Emeriti (University Of Maine) Records, UA 0004.007.001.

There are copies of Department of History meeting minutes in the record groups Smith (David C.) Papers, Pease (William H. and Jane H.) Records, and Professor Nadelhaft (Jerome J.) Papers.

There are records regarding Phi Beta Kappa in the record group Phi Beta Kappa. Delta Of Maine (University of Maine) Records, UA RG 0009.012 and in Professor Trafford (David White) Papers, UA RG 0011.030.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, October 2021, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey 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.

University of Maine. Professor Segal (Howard P.) Papers
Matthew Revitt
October 29, 2021
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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