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Executive Department

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-07


  • Creation: 1820 -


Biographical / Historical

The Office of Governor was created by the Maine Constitution. Gubernatorial terms were one year until 1880, when they were expanded to two year terms. In 1962, the term was lengthened again to 4 years.

The Governor serves to direct the affairs of the State according to law; to take care that the laws be faithfully executed; to give the Legislature information regarding the condition of the State and recommend measures for their consideration; to submit to the Legislature a biennial budget for the operation of State government; to act as Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State; to nominate and appoint all judicial, civil, and military officers of the State except as otherwise provided by law; to require information from any officer in the Executive Branch upon any subject relating to the respective duties; to grant reprieves, commutations, and pardons, and remit, after conviction, forfeitures and penalties; and to accept for the State any and all gifts, bequests, grants or conveyances to the State of Maine.

The Executive Council was established with the Maine Constitution in 1820 as an advisory council to the Governor. Composed of 7 members, generally from the legislative majority party, it was dissolved by statewide referendum in 1975.


1862.25 Linear Feet (2181 containers)

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Custodial History

The Maine State Archives holds the Maine State Government’s records of historical value. Records are transferred by state agencies to the Archives based on schedules set up by the records management system. These schedules describe the type of records created by the agencies and for how long they should be kept. (MRS Title 5, chapter 6, section 95-C)

Linked below are the general schedules which apply to all departments. Department-specific schedules, if any, are also included. Only current (most recent or active schedules) are included in these lists. Material may have come in under prior versions of the schedule with different descriptions or time periods. 

Executive Department - Agency Specific Schedules

General Schedules

Separated Materials

For material from the Excutive Council see seperate collection

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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333