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Research Visits Suspended for Fall 2020

In compliance with the University’s return to campus plan for the fall semester, we continue to remain closed to researchers from outside of the UNE community. Our staff are back on campus part-time, and we are committed to helping you get the access you need to our collections. Please contact us with questions about our […]

Peary diary now available

Remember in early 2018 when we first started posting Marie Peary’s diary entries? That project began when we decided to find somebody in our collection who was writing diaries 100 years ago. It just happened to be that Marie was doing that, and is an excellent, detailed diarist. After a year hiatus where we focused […]

Peanut butter and ramen noodles

On September 21, 2019, MWWC archivist Jefferson Navicky attended the Metamorphosis literary festival in Portland for which Carolyn Chute was the headliner. Before reading from the galley of her next book, Recipe for a Revolution, Chute drew the audience’s attention to the line of hydrogenated peanut butter and packages of ramen noodles that spread across […]

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

Maine Women Writers Collection celebrates 60 years

June 14, 2019

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

MWWC Reading Room

In the same year that Mattell introduced the Barbie Doll and only 35 percent of college students were female, two Westbrook Junior College (WJC) instructors made a pioneering step in the field of women’s literary studies. Grace A. Dow, chair and professor in the Department of English at WJC, and Dorothy M. Healy, a WJC […]

Miller at conference on New England poets

Cathleen Miller, curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection, recently participated in the panel “Beyond Frost: Northern New England Poets in the Archives” at the New England Archivists Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Panelists discussed Frost’s dominance in the poetry of New England and explored how place imbues poets’ works, what has and has not been collected […]

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. Devon’s practice reflects how they want to interact with the world. Play, curiosity, accessibility, activism, and skill-building drive their work and life experiences. Devon’s practice spans traditional media (printmaking, cut-paper, installation), design/illustration/art direction, event production, […]

Poem by MWWC archivist 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 episode of “Poems from Here.” Navicky was inspired to write the poem, titled “The Rare Book Publisher Gives a Talk,” in the fall of 2017 after taking a trip with other Maine Women Writers Collection […]

Out of the fog: Retracing the Path to Greenland

Out of the fog: Retracing the Path to Greenland

October 25, 2018

7:00 pm

MWWC Reading Room

Pairing Iceblink, a project by artist Carrie Scanga, with the archival source materials from Marie Peary Stafford’s papers that inspired Scanga’s work, this exhibit explores the personal and societal projections of spiritual aspirations onto the Arctic landscape. Stafford’s return to the land of her birth as an explorer in 1932 is documented in her journals and […]

Wabanaki basketmaking

On October 1, UNE’s Maine Women Writers Collection sponsored an event as part of its annual Donna M. Loring Lecture Series, titled, “Wabanaki Basketmaking Traditions Under Threat? Art, Culture, and the Future of Maine Indian Basketmaking.” The event presented the centuries-old artistic tradition of basketmaking among the Wabanaki peoples (the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Abenaki, Mi’kmaq and Maliseet), while […]