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Collections - MF 037 “Life of the Maine Lobsterman” Project

Number of Interviews: 19
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1972-1974
Time period covered: mid-twentieth century
Principal interviewers: David Taylor and others
Finding Aides: brief indexes and transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: This collection consists of interviews with lobstermen by David Taylor and others conducted during the summer of 1974 for the University of Maine course FO 197. The interviewees discuss lobstering on the Maine coast; the life of a lobster fisherman; clamming; trawling; shad fishing; early history of lobster fishing; lobstering equipment and costs; territoriality; lobstering laws; types of boats; Friendship sloops; and the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

726 Swidrowski, Rita. (FO 197) Fall 1972. Maine: West Tremont, coastal Hancock County; Knox County. 139 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Edwin Lawson, 73, about lobstering on the Maine coast. T534 – T537

727 Taylor, David. (FO 197) Fall 1972. Maine: Friendship. 258 pp. Tape: 5 hrs. w/ trans. Series of interviews with Charles Dodge, 84, about his life as a lobster fisherman. P347 – P379 / T538 – T544

747 Lafond, Mark. (FO 197) Spring 1973. Maine: Winter Harbor. 177 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Dale Torrey. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T569 – T573

748 Elwell, Becky. (FO 197) Spring 1973. Maine: Lincolnville. 88 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Frank Dyer. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T574 – T576

749 Lello, Jayne. (FO 197) Spring 1973. Maine: Tenant’s Harbor, Port Clyde. 177 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Sherwood Cook, lobster fisherman; Ernest Maloney, fisherman; Holace Chadwick, lobster fisherman. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T577 – T581

750 Rawding, Faith A. (FO 107 & 197) 1973. Maine: Long Island and Casco Bay. 295 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Joe and Evelyn Horr, Leon and Leila Horr about lobster fishing, fishing, clamming, trawling, sword fishing, shad fishing, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church; photos, P442 – P444. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T582 – T589

754 Taylor, David. (HY 183) Spring 1973. Maine: Rockland. 165 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ trans. & a 40 pp. ms. Interview with Captain Sidney Sprague about the early history of lobster fishing. P450, P992 – P998 / T594 – T596

897 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Swan’s Island. 28 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Tim Staples, lobster fisherman, about learning where to set traps, equipment used, costs, money management, territoriality, opinions on laws, trap limits, closed season, etc. Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project. T866

898 Taylor, David. Fall 1974. Maine: Monhegan Island. 25 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Sherm Stanley, Jr. about lobster fishing, types of boats, gear, costs, traps, co-ops, laws, etc. Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project. T867

899 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Friendship. 9 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Al Roberts about lobster buying and Friendship Sloops–when built, distinctive features, number still in existence. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T868

970 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Stonington. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Andy Gove about experiences as a lobster fisherman. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T970

971 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Lincolnville. 10 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Joe Charczynski about worming and lobster fishing. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T971

972 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Beals. 7 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Ralph Alley about lobster fishing. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T972

973 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Kennebunkport. 14 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Stillman Griffin about lobster fishing. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T973

974 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Islesford. 15 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Harold Finnemore about lobster fishing. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T974

975 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: New Harbor. 12 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ cat. Interview with Edgar Drisco about lobster fishing. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T975

982 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Kittery. 45 pp. No Tape. Brief cat. & trans. Interview with Lyman “Gus” Alley about his experiences as a lobsterman. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T982

1996 Taylor, David. Summer 1974. Maine: Friendship. 3 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. approx. Interview with Stillman Havener about lobstering. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T1963

2005 Taylor, David. Fall 1974. Maine: Rockland. 3 pp. Tape: 1 hr. Interview with Les Dyer of Vinalhaven and Rockland, Maine concerning the founding of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. Dyer was the first president of the MLA. [Life of the Maine Lobsterman Project] T1969


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