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Number of Interviews: 2
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1988-1989
Time period covered:
Principal interviewers: Brooks W. Hamilton and Pamela Neal Warford
Finding Aides: transcripts
Access Restrictions: Accession 2026 Restricted

Description: Interviews with former Senator Margaret Chase Smith and James Russell Wiggins (Editor of the Ellsworth American). Smith discusses various aspects of her personal and political life, including childhood memories of growing up in Skowhegan; her political career in the House of Representatives and the Senate; reflections on American politics, public service and America’s future. Wiggins talks about historic figures he has known, his years with the Washington Post, his tenure as Ambassador to the U.N. under President Johnson, his experiences as editor and publisher of the Ellsworth American. The interviews were supported with funds from the University of Maine President’s Office– $2,000 for Chase Smith and $1,750 for the Wiggins interview.

2009 Hamilton. Brooks W. Jan. 1988 – Feb. 1989. Maine: Ellsworth. 159 pp. Tapes: 5 hrs. w/ trans. Series of interviews with James Russell Wiggins in which he discusses a variety of subjects. Includes historic figures he has known, the Washington Post years, his tenure as Ambassador to the U.N. under President Johnson, his experiences as editor and publisher of the ELLSWORTH AMERICAN. C496, C498, C500, C503, C564

2026 Warford, Pamela Neal. May 1988-Mar 1989. Maine: Skowhegan. 179 pp. Tape: 7 hrs. approx. w/ trans. A series of interviews with Senator Margaret Chase Smith in which she discusses various aspects of her personal and political life. Includes childhood memories of growing up in Skowhegan; her political career in the House of Representatives and the Senate; reflections on American politics, public service and America’s future. RESTRICTED. C504 – C506, C514, C517, C576 – C578


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