How to Contribute: Individuals
Currently, all contributions of historical material to Maine Memory Network (MMN) must be made by organizations. If you would like to see material from your community included in Maine Memory, there are a number of things you can do:
- Reach out to your local historical society, library, or other collecting organization. Become a member, encourage them to get involved with MMN, and offer your help. Volunteers provide essential skills, energy, and labor. See list of current Contributing Partners.
- If you or your family has historical material of significance related to your town's history, let your local historical organization know what you have, and consider, at the appropriate moment, donating that material to an organization that can ensure it will be preserved and made accessible to the public.
- If you have additional information about an individual item currently in the MMN database, please share what you know. The catalog page for each item includes a feedback form that makes it easy to do so. Information submitted through the feedback form will be shared with the organization that contributed the item who will follow up as appropriate.
- Maine Memory's Album tool enables all visitors to the site to create a free account and gather, annotate, and share items in the database. Many visitors use the Album tool to create their own online exhibits which they then share via email or on their own website, Facebook, or other pages. (Each album has a unique URL.)
We are committed to developing tools and programs that will enable individuals to share their own material and stories to Maine Memory as resources allow in the future. Our current focus and policies reflect our commitment to supporting the 200+ organizations contributing to MMN, our desire to ensure the preservation of and access to publicly-held collections in Maine, and the need to ensure the reliability of information on Maine Memory for students and other users.
For More Information
To learn more, please contact a member of the MMN staff.