Libby Bischof


Professor of History and Executive Director
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine

Libby Bischof explores American society through the lens of history—and the lens of a camera. A nineteenth-century American cultural historian, Professor Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine. Recently she co-curated the exhibition Maine Moderns: Art in Sequinland, 1900-1940 at the Portland Museum of Art with Senior Curator Susan Danly. The show won the critic’s choice award for best Historic Show in the 2011 New England Art Awards. Her other research interests include Maine history, modernism, how friendship informs cultural production, and nineteenth-century New England women writers.


  • Maine at 200: A Visual History
  • History of Photography in Maine
  • Visual History of Maine Through Postcards (Customized for your Town/Region)
  • The World War I Centennial and WWI Monuments and Memorials in Maine