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Abbe Museum Research Library

The Abbe Museum’s research library and archives provide a valuable resource for anyone researching the Wabanaki, Maine archaeology, and Native American history and art. Our archives document the history of the Abbe Museum, and provide select resources on Wabanaki history.


Research Library

The research library includes more that 1500 volumes, with a focus on the Wabanaki, Maine archaeology and Native American history, culture and art. Other subjects of interest include museum history and practices, Maine history, and general archaeology.


More highlights:

• Annual Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology and the Smithsonian Institution

• Journals and periodicals about archaeology and anthropology

• The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, 1632-1674

• Dr. Robert Abbe's original library of approximately 100 rare and
out of print books

• Abbe Museum publications


The library is available by appointment, and is not a lending library. Please contact Curator of Collections Julia Clark at or call (207) 288-3519, ext. 14 for more information or to make an appointment.




Nick Smith Collections

Nick Smith Collections

The Abbe Museum archives primarily document the history
of the museum, and provide a window in the workings of a small museum over the past century.


Other highlights of the archives include:

• Archaeological site files for projects dating from 1928 to
the present (access restrictions apply)

• Photograph collections documenting archaeology,
museum history, and the annual Native American Festival
& Basketmakers Market

• Historic photographs of Wabanaki people and their lifeways

Abbe 1927 Christmas Card

• The Nicholas N. Smith Collection of photographs documenting more that 50 years of ethnographic research among Native communities around Maine and eastern Canada

• The Princess Watahwaso Collection of photographs and
ephemera featuring Lucy Nicolar, Penobscot, and her husband, Bruce Poolaw, Kiowa.


The archives are available by appointment only. Please contact Curator of Collections Julia Clark at, or call (207) 288-3519, ext. 14 for more information or to make an appointment.



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