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About the Maine Women Writers Collection

The Maine Women Writers Collection was founded in 1959 by Grace Dow and Dorothy Healy to preserve and make available the writings of Maine women who had achieved literary recognition. Geographically, our holdings concern the state of Maine; Dawnland, the traditional territory of Wabanaki people; and the northern New England region. We collect the work of anyone who identifies as female, femme, transfeminine, or non-binary. While many of the people included in the Collection would self-identify as authors, many others are writers of unpublished material (such as letters) and producers of other forms of creative work.

To learn more about our history: see The Maine Women Writers Collection: The First Fifty Years (video).

News & Events


Ghosts in the Archives

Did you know October is American Archives Month?! Celebrate with us on Wednesday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 2…

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living w ghosts / Devon Kelley-Yurdin

“living w ghosts” will be the culminating event of Devon Kelley-Yurdin’s time as Creative Fellow at the Maine Women Writers…

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Suffrage Centennial Exhibition at Maine State Museum

“Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote” exhibit at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. (Photo by Joe…

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Teaching Wabanaki History and Culture in Maine: Challenges and Opportunities

Since 2001, Maine law has required that K-12 education incorporate Wabanaki history and culture. Donna M. Loring, who was then…

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Peanut butter and ramen noodles

Archival peanut butter and ramen noodles? On September 21, 2019, MWWC archivist Jefferson Navicky attended the Metamorphosis literary festival in…

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Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

In the same year that Mattell introduced the Barbie Doll and only 35 percent of college students were female, two…

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Curator Cathleen Miller participates in Conference on Northern New England poets

Cathleen Miller, curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection, recently participated in the panel “Beyond Frost: Northern New England Poets in…

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1st Creative Fellow: Devon Kelley-Yurdin

In April 2019, the Maine Women Writers Collection awarded its first Creative Fellowship to Devon Kelley-Yurdin, an interdisciplinary artist, educator and cultural organizer.…

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Poem by Maine Women Writers Collection archivist Jefferson Navicky featured on ‘Maine Public’

A poem written by Jefferson Navicky, archivist for UNE’s Maine Women Writers Collection, was featured on Maine Public Radio’s February 8…

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Out of the fog: Retracing the Path to Greenland

Pairing Iceblink, a project by artist Carrie Scanga, with the archival source materials from Marie Peary Stafford’s papers that inspired Scanga’s…

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