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Number of Interviews: 14
Dates When Interviews Were Conducted: 1992-1993
Time Period Covered: 1930s-1970s
Principal Interviewers: Russell Carey
Finding Aides: transcripts
Access Restrictions: none

Description: A collection of fourteen accessions deposited by University of Maine graduate student, Russell Carey, featuring interviews with workers at the American Thread Company’s wooden spool mill in Milo, Maine. The collection also includes a copy of Carey’s Master’s thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) and a paper describing his methods of collecting and recording information for this thesis. The collective oral history of the mill’s workers documents conditions, issues, history, occupational lore, and people’s feelings about the spool mill from the 1930s through the 1970s.

2282 Carey, Russell. (AY 425) Fall 1992. Maine: Milo. 87pp. Video: 1 VHS tape with transcript. Two interviews with Clyde and Yvonne Angove of Milo, Maine recording their experiences as employees of the American Thread Company in the early 1900’s. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V53

2329 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) Fall 1993. Maine: Milo. 301pp. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools: An oral history of the American Thread Company and its spool factory in Milo, Maine.”

2330 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) Fall 1993. Maine: Milo. 12pp. Paper describing Russell Carey’s methods for collecting and recording the materials used in his thesis on the history of the American Thread Company’s spool mill in Milo, Maine. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329).

2331 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) November 1993. Maine: LaGrange. 33pp. Video: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Lawrence Bryer talking about his work as a sawyer for the American Thread Company in Milo, Maine during the 1950’s. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V62

2332 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) April 1992. Maine: Milo. 37pp. Video: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Alasco Carey talking about his work for the American Thread Company in Milo, Maine from 1939 to the 1960’s. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V63

2333 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) October 1993. Maine: Milo. 50pp. Video: 1 w/ transcript. Interviews with Margaret Carey and Doris Decker talking about working for the American Thread Company in Milo, Maine. No picture on the Video – audio only. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V64

2334 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) April 1992. Maine: Milo. 34pp. Video: 1 w/ transcript. First ten minutes of video is the end of an interview with Ralph Carey (see NA 2337, V-70). The majority of the video is an interview with Mary Tyler talking about her work as a secretary in the main office of the American Thread Company operations in Milo, Maine from the 1940’s to the 1960’s. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V65

2335 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) October 1993. Maine: Milo. 38pp. Video: 1 (1 hr) w/ transcript. Interview with Earl Rhoda talking about his work in various positions in the sawmill, spool mill, and Head Mtn. for the American Thread Company and Spool Mill in Milo, Maine from 1948 thru 1963. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V66

2336 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) March, October and November 1992. Maine: Milo. 116pp. Video: 3 w/ transcript. Interviews with Clyde and Yvonne Angove talking about their work for the American Thread Company and Spool Mill in Milo, Maine from the 1930’s to 1976. Included also is home movie footage from 1976 about the production of spools at the company in Milo, Maine. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V67 – V69

2337 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) April 1992. Maine: Milo. 55pp. Video: 1 (2 hr) w/ transcript. Interview with Ralph Carey talking about his more than 20 years at the spool mill working as a master mechanist and other positions for the American Thread Company in Milo, Maine. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). The end of this interview is on V65 with NA 2334. V70

2338 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) April & October 1992. Maine: Bangor and Milo. 126pp. Video: 2 w/ transcript. Two interviews with Woodrow Decker talking about his work for the American Thread Company’s spool mill in Milo, Maine for over 30 years. Mr. Decker retired as manager of the mill. Also included is footage of Mr. Decker watching and commenting on 8mm movie strip showing the mill’s operations. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V71 & V74

2339 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) March 1992. Maine: Milo. 45pp. Video: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Roy Monroe, a local Milo historian talking about the role of the American Thread Company and how its spool mill played in Milo’s history. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). RESTRICTED: No release from the interviewee. V72

2340 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) April 1992. Maine: Milo. 70pp. Video: 1 w/ transcript. Interview with Ken Nutter talking about his work as a master wooden spool maker at the American Thread Company’s spool mill in Milo, Maine from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V73

2341 Carey, Russell. (AY 597) March, May and October 1992. Maine: Milo. 124pp. Video: 3 w/ transcript. Three interviews with Gardiner Osgood talking about his work for the American Thread Company’s spool mill in Milo, Maine from the 1930’s to 1970. Relates to Carey’s M. A. Thesis entitled “3,750,000,000 Perfect Wooden Spools” (University of Maine, 1994) (See NA 2329). V75 – V77


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