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Margaret Chase Smith Library

Margaret Chase Smith Library Facts

The library was dedicated in 1982 and opened for use the following year. Originally affiliated with Northwood University, the facility is now part of the University of Maine.

The regular collection of the Margaret Chase Smith Library is divided among articles, audio, books, cartoons, Front Office Notes, photographs, reference, scrapbooks, and Statements and Speeches. The library also contains the Washington and You collection, which contains approximately 300,000 records. These consist of Margaret Chase Smith's personal correspondence, speeches and press releases. The Washington and You collection also houses photographs of state and recordings of debates and other political proceedings.

The museum holds over 5,000 artifacts including Senator Smith's residence and her furniture, ceramics, textiles, household items, clothing, and other personal belongings; memorabilia related to her congressional career and subsequent political campaigns, souvenirs and gifts from around the world reflecting her activities with state, national, and world leaders; her awards and honorary degrees; and paintings and photographs of the Senator."

The Margaret Chase Smith Library consists of both the regular library portion and a museum. The facilities overlook the Kennebec River in Skowhegan. The library opened for use the year after its dedication in 1982.


Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: closed