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The Nelson B. Jones Stein Collection is on display in the Oakes Room at Raymond H. Fogler Library. The theme of steins is inspired by the popularity of the Maine Stein song made famous by the singer Rudy Vallee.

In May of 1962, the Governing Board of the Memorial Union, with the urging of Nelson B. Jones, the first director of the Memorial Union, formally authorized the creation of the permanent stein collection, which in 1977 was renamed the Nelson B. Jones Stein Collection. The collection was originally housed in the Memorial Union before being relocated to Fogler Library.

One of the first donations came from Barry Millet (Class of 1956) who loaned a few of his own steins to get the collection started. From that day, steins have been donated on a regular basis by students, alumni, and friends of the University. Today, the Stein Collection numbers over two hundred.

In the beginning, the basic theme of the collection was to be academic, including steins from colleges and universities throughout the world. The scope of the collection has broadened significantly and now includes many styles and representatives of various methods of manufacturing.

Publication Date



Social Life and Customs, Education


Higher Education

Size of Collection

1 box

Dates of Collection

1932-2010, bulk 1962-1978

Manuscript Number

UA RG 0006.010.002

Stein Collection (University of Maine) Records, 1932-2010