AUGUSTA — The Maine State Archives are going online.

The state will use the online ArchivesSpace portal to launch the first catalog of its holdings, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said. That will allow researchers to search through a listing of collections online to see if they need access to the state archives, the state department said.

Researchers will then be able to contact an archivist to get access to the physical documents. Such access has never been available in the archives’ 56-year history until now, the state department said.

Deputy Secretary for Archives Katherine McBrien said the catalog “makes the Archives more accessible than ever before by listing the full scope of our holdings.”

The state department said only about half the state archives in the country have completed similar public-facing indexing projects.

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