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Department of Transportation

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-17

Scope and Contents

The Maine State Archives (MSA) collects and holds the permanent historical records of the Maine State Government. MSA was created in 1965. By 1971, MSA housed the historical records that had been held by the Secretary of State, Legislature, Courts and Executive Departments. This included records from defunct agencies.

With the implementation of a records management system, groups of records were identified as having permanent historical value and were sent to the Archives after a designated period of time. These included Commissioner/Executive correspondence, meeting minutes from Boards and Commissions, as well as department-specific records.


  • 1913 -

Biographical / Historical

PURPOSE: The Maine Department of Transportation's mission is to responsibly provide our customers the safest and most reliable transportation system possible, given available resources. MaineDOT was established to plan and develop transportation facilities and services designed to contribute to the economic growth of the State of Maine and the well-being of its people. MaineDOT plans for future transportation needs, and assists in the development, operation, and maintenance of services and facilities, while promoting transportation safety. Key links in the transportation network are a highway system developed to promote safety, personal mobility, economic considerations, community values, and environmental conservation; port and water transportation facilities that support development of coastal resources; freight-and passenger-rail facilities to serve commerce and provide transportation alternatives; transit services for inter- and intra-city travel, and for elderly and disabled populations; and an aviation infrastructure developed with the assistance of the department. MaineDOT, on behalf of the state, also administers all federal or other monies intended for transportation uses.

ORGANIZATION: Maine Department of Transportation had its origin in 1905, when a Commissioner of Highways was appointed by the Governor and charged with compiling statistics, disseminating information, working for better highways, and advising local officials on the best means of building and maintaining roads and sidewalks. In 1907, the Commissioner became head of a new State Highway Department, which was created to apportion money to political subdivisions, plan road improvements, and contract for road construction. In 1913, both the department and the office of Commissioner of Highways were abolished and replaced by a State Highway Commission, which consisted of three members whom the Governor appointed.

When the state highway system began to grow and state responsibility for highway construction and maintenance increased, the State Highway Commission expanded to include a central office in Augusta and seven offices located throughout the state. During the state government reorganization of 1972, the Commission was dissolved, and all of its functions were transferred to a newly established Department of Transportation headed by a Commissioner appointed by the Governor. At the same time, several independent, transportation-related agencies such as the Maine Port Authority were integrated into the department. Major changes occurred once again in 1981 when the Commissioner was authorized to organize the department into bureaus and other units.

Maine State Government Annual Report 2013-2014


1884.75 Linear Feet (1875 containers)

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State Agency Schedules
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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333