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The University of Maine’s Centennial Celebration in 1965 generated a number of speeches, editorials, planning and fundraising documents, and visions about the institution’s past, present, and future. All assumed that the University would remain autonomous as it expanded both internally and externally in the face of projected growing enrollments at Orono, at the Portland campus, and at new satellite campuses elsewhere in Maine. There was no discussion of what, three years later, became the University of Maine System. Howard P. Segal is Professor of History at the University of Maine, where he has taught since 1986. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton. This special issue of Maine History previews a larger volume he is editing on the history of the University of Maine since roughly 1965. The book is to be published by the University of Maine Press in 2017. All of the articles here will be included in that book.