McArthur Public Library

270 Main St - Biddeford, Maine - 207 284 4181

Finding Aids ~ Scanned Books ~ Newspapers

Photographs ~ Postcards ~ Local History Catalog

History Index ~ Old Veterans Index ~ Local People ~ Scrapbooks ~ Biddeford Mayors ~ Catholic Cemeteries 

Biddeford History + Heritage Website ~ Walter Perkins Newspaper Collection

Link to Local History Catalog

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phone : 207 – 284 – 4181
mail : Reference Department ~ 270 Main Street ~ Biddeford, Maine ~ 04005

Regarding Birth Certificates...

McArthur Public Library IS NOT A REPOSITORY FOR OFFICIAL MUNICIPAL RECORDS OF ANY KIND. If you are trying to locate OFFICIAL RECORDS or OFFICIAL COPIES contact the State or City records office.

State of Maine - Birth Certificate Information

City of Biddeford - Birth, Marriage, Death records information


Biddeford History In Print...

Images of America - Biddeford - cover

BIDDEFORD HISTORY BOOKS - NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY MAIL ORDER! "Images of America - BIDDEFORD" by Charles L. Butler ($20) and "A History and Stories of Biddeford" by Dane Yorke ($15) can now be ordered by mail. Just complete and mail the ORDER FORM to the library, and we'll do the rest. *AT THIS TIME WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT PAYMENT VIA CHECK OR MONEY ORDER FOR MAIL ORDERS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE.*

If you are in the area, save yourself the shipping and buy the books upstairs at the Information Desk!The books will be available during all operating hours; the library can accept cash, check,or money orders.


Biddeford High School pageant, 1915


Visit Us To Access...


  • La Justice : 1896-1950
  • Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Courier : 1989-Present

  • Biddeford-Saco's local daily/weekly (various names) 1877-present


  • York County Atlas : 1872
  • Various maps of Biddeford and surrounding communities, 1795 - present.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps-Biddeford (Paper) : 1885, 1891, 1896, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1922
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps-Biddeford (Electronic, Library only) : 1885-1947
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps-OOB (Paper) : 1913


  • Biddeford Vital Statistics Prior to 1856
  • Biddeford Births : 1800-1891
  • Baptisms at Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish, Saco : 1928-1985
  • Births of St. Joseph's Parish, Biddeford : 1870-1887
  • Biddeford Marriages : 1854-1891
  • Marriages at St. Andre's Church, Biddeford : 1899-1995
  • Marriages at St. Joseph's Church, Biddeford : 1870-1995
  • Marriages at St. Mary's Church, Biddeford : 1850-1989
  • Marriages at St. Margaret's Church, Old Orchard Beach : 1921-1985
  • Biddeford Returns of Death : 1814-1898
  • Obituary Indexes (Journal, Courier & La Justice newspapers) : 1884-Present
  • York County Cemetery Inscriptions : 17th century-Present
  • St. Joseph's (Biddeford) Cemetery Records : 1870-1990 
  • Biddeford Cemetery Records (Woodlawn, Greenwood, private & family lots) : 1700-1998


Access Policies...

We strive to accommodate full access to our materials at any time that we are open. However, we do have a number of unique and rare materials which require extra care by us as well as you. These materials include our image collections and out-of-print local items, and are stored in closed [not open to the public] stacks. We will be happy to retrieve these items for you, but will fill out a Call Slip when we do so...your cooperation in helping us care for and maintain our special materials is greatly appreciated!

*If you are handling very old or special materials we will provide you with a pair of gloves to wear while handling the objects.*

Pepperell Mill packers circa 1925