“The mission of the African American Collection is as follows: to provide a repository for the collection and preservation of a variety of records documenting Maine’s African Americans; to emphasize the importance of such material; organize and catalog this material making it available to scholars, teachers, students of all ages, and the general public; to sponsor educational programs and exhibitions within and beyond the University of Southern Maine about Maine’s African American community and history; to generate scholarship; and, to work with other institutions in reaching the above goals.”