Advisory Groups

Maine State Archives Advisory Board

The Board reviews proposed records retention schedules and related policy issues for both Maine state government and local governments, including municipalities, counties, schools, and special districts. Schedules legally define the "life" of official records: how long they are kept in the originating office, whether they are later stored in the State Records Center, and whether they will finally be destroyed or be kept permanently.

These decisions have an important impact on the public's "right-to-know" about, and copy, public records. How long should certain environmental data be kept? Should records of bridge construction and design be destroyed before the bridge itself is demolished? 

It is against the law to sell or give away government records.  Nor may they be destroyed without authorization.

While the voluntary Archives Advisory Board represents a broad area of interests and backgrounds, additional advice is alway welcome, and may strengthen our final decisions. 

Archives Advisory Board Members:

  • Twila Lycette, Chair, Lisbon
  • Susan Bulay, Old Town
  • Howard Lowell, Bangor
  • Nina Osier, Augusta
  • Sam (Sumner) Webber, Hallowell
  • David Cheever, Maine State Archivist, ex-officio

Maine Historical Records Advisory Board

The Board's mission is to coordinate and encourage the preservation of and access to historical records in a variety of ways. These include providing information and training to those responsible for such records; guiding the preparation of grant requests to the NHPRC; reviewing those requests; developing an informational base regarding the condition and needs of historical records; promoting the importance of historical records to policy-makers and the general public, and encouraging priority preservation and access projects through advice, grant reviews and a regrant program.

The Board pursues collaborative ventures, where appropriate, such as advising the State Archives on its archaeological- archival materials grant program and coordinating Board planning with Maine Archives and Museums, an association of organizations and individuals providing educational programs, public support, and volunteer consulation services to the archival and museum community in Maine.

The Board's mission is framed by the Executive Order creating it, regulations developed by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and by the Board's interpretation of its role as the lead coordinating entity in the state regarding historical records.

Maine Historical Records Advisory Board Members:

  • Chris O’Brien, Farmington
  • Heather Moran, Camden
  • Anne Schlitt, Portland
  • Erin Rhodes, Newcastle
  • Greg Curtis, Orono
  • Sophia Mendoza, Portland
  • Steve Bromage, Portland