The MWWC was founded in 1959 by Grace Dow and Dorothy Healy to preserve and make available the writings of Maine women who have achieved literary recognition. The Collection now includes material from both published authors and women who wrote only diaries, letters and other unpublished material. Our holdings are especially strong in nineteenth and twentieth century resources. We maintain an acquisitions program in contemporary and historic manuscript material as well as in rare books.
Our collections document Maine women’s engagement with local, regional, national, transnational and global concerns, including the suffrage and women’s movements, environmentalism, health and sexuality, family culture, women’s education, spiritualism, and Maine and New England history. The Collection has strong holdings in children’s and nature writing, it also preserves the records of women’s organizations, including the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union’s Maine chapter, the National League of Pen Women Augusta branch and Maine Media Women. Equally, researchers will find resources documenting the lives of everyday women and women’s cultural production. We have extensive holdings of women’s diaries, travel journals, scrapbooks, albums, letters, photographs and memorabilia. Our growing collection of artists’ books includes work by Rebecca Goodale and Martha A. Hall, among others.