Become a Maine State Archives Volunteer

You can help the Maine State Archives accomplish its mission by assisting archivists with archival projects behind the scenes at our location at the Cultural Building, 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330.

From processing Maine's state and local records to facilitating access to those same records, volunteers are essential to the work of the Maine State Archives, allowing the Archives to fulfill its mission of preserving and making available the state's permanent records.  Volunteers are a valuable resource to the Maine State Archives and we work with volunteers to provide opportunities that suit their interests and skills. Volunteers assist researchers with general reference questions, use of finding aids, materials and microfilm viewers; assisting with various projects; and other miscellaneous tasks.

What is required to volunteer at the Maine State Archives?
Whether you are retired, a student seeking to build your resume, or a working professional looking for something rewarding to do, volunteering at the Archives requires the following:

  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, Maine history
  • Ability to work collaboratively with Archives staff and fellow volunteers to achieve institutional goals
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to participate in comprehensive training 

How to become a Maine State Archives volunteer
If you are 18 years and older and decide to become a volunteer, you can expect to go through the following process:

  1. Complete a volunteer application; which includes a background check
  2. Participate in an interview with a volunteer coordinator
  3. Provide an ID in order to obtain a volunteer badge and access card